About Amelia and Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated.

A fresh, crisp radish smeared in butter and dipped in salt can make a dreary day brighter.

A stock made from kitchen scraps can transform into a fragrant soup to warm a chill.

And a couple of pieces of bread, some cheese and a grill can become the most delicious late night snack ever.

That’s what this blog is about. Simple food that makes everyday moments special.

My name is Amelia Crook and I moved to New York City from Melbourne, Australia in 2011 to work at Martha Stewart. I found that the craziness of the city required a counter balance, and mine was found by exploring local green markets, small-batch producers and eating with the seasons.

In November 2012 I moved back home to Australia and swapped the city for the country. I now live in Kyneton, Victoria – a town of 6,600 people. I live in a big old house with an apple and pear tree in the garden. This is an experiment in slower living.

I started this blog to remind myself to prepare and eat food that makes me happy.

And I do that by:

  • Cooking with seasonal produce – it is cheaper, better for the environment and tastier
  • Preparing it simply to let the natural flavours shine
  • Appreciating each meal and striving to make the mundane beautiful, no occasion necessary

It’s lovely to meet you.

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94 thoughts on “About Amelia and Simple Provisions

  1. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. I have always put avocado on nice toasted breads (never thought anyone else did, don’t know why!) but never thought to put a tasty cheese on it. I love simple!

  2. Great blog! So pleasant to read, Simple recipes, lovely pictures. Prepare food that makes you happy, way to go for a healthy diet!

  3. Such a nice recipe! I sometimes make a similar toast – must be my “inner Australian” -but I must try the mint with it! I am toasting all sorts of bread, I live in Germany so there is plenty of choice. Lovely recipes, thanks!

  4. congrats on the freshly pressed. A Melbourne girl living in Brisbane I appreciate seeking solice in the good food finds of a new city. Thank you for sharing

  5. Absolutely agree with your first words “A fresh, crisp radish smeared in butter and dipped in salt can make a dreary day brighter. A stock made from kitchen scraps can transform into a fragrant soup to warm a chill. And a couple of pieces of bread, some cheese and a grill can become the most delicious late night snack ever”

    Keeping things simple and do not handle or transform ingredients to much can be always much better and if you add an special atmosphere or ritual can just be perfect :)

  6. Another Australian – with similar interests. Such relief to read recipes that don’t include cliches like ‘drizzle with truffle oil’. Keep it up.

  7. Found your blog on a general search in WordPress, and I am surely glad to stumble upon it! Following you and look forward to future posts! I am a newbie just starting a food blog, come check mine out sometime and let me know what you think!

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  9. I just stumpled about your blog. and I am most happy I did. It just looks delicious. plus I love your attitude. I am new to blogging and especially to food blogging and I find my own blog is still in its kindergarten-time – meaning I’ll have to learn a lot. but blogs like yours are the best motivation. thank you for lightening up my day :-)

  10. your site is beautiful and inspiring! i hope it’s alright, but I feel that I must write about coming across your blog and how wonderful it is… :)

  11. Your blog is stunning. Do you do your own photography? If so, do you mind telling me how you learned? Your recipes are fantastic, as well. So glad Pinterest led me here!

  12. This is exactly my philosophy on cooking and living a healthier lifestyle! Do you have a page where all your recipes are listed? I would love to see your past posts.

    • I don’t have an archive like that yet Ani. If you keep scrolling down on the homepage you’ll eventually see them all. A recipe index is on the to-do list :)

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  14. Hi Amelia,
    I’m Ophelie’s friend in QUebec City and she introduced me to your blog this weekend. I really love your recipes and ideas and pictures and tone. Will be back often! -cheers

  15. Hi Amelia…I found your blog via Pinterest! I too live in Australia..in beautiful Tasmania. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I am vegetarian and is often so hard to find nutritious and tasty recipes.

  16. So glad I found your blog because I totally agree with what you said, food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated. Simple food is great food.

  17. Your beautiful blog brings lightness to my day every time I visit. Love your gorgeous, achievable, simple approach to food showcasing seasonal fresh ingredients. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous recipes with the world! xx

  18. Hi Amelia! Your friend Lian put me onto your blog after I mentioned to her my new instagram account “The Fructose Friendly Chef” and my thoughts to start my own blog for those who are fructose intollerant. Your blog has given me the inspiration to get started sooner rater than later! Great photography! Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa. Your Instagram feed is great! I’ve just passed it onto my mum who also has to avoid fructose. Best of luck with the blog – the hardest part is the first post, once that’s done you are on your way! Best of luck.

  19. Hi Amelia – A good friend just put me onto your beautiful blog and already I’ve bookmarked several recipes to try. First up: that crazy broccoli/milk pasta. Can’t wait.

  20. Amelia,
    I’d like to give you a Liebster Award! I don’t know if you have more than 200 followers (a requirement for the award), but I’d like to bestow it upon you nonetheless. I really enjoy your photos! and your writing! The simplicity behind the food is what amazes me most. Well done! There is more information about the Liebster Award on my blog under the announcements tab.Here are the 11 questions I’m asking you to respond to should you accept the reward:

    1. What is your favorite seasonal activity?
    2. Who was your first celebrity crush?
    3. Do you collect anything? What?
    4. If time, money, and responsibilities weren’t an issue, what would you do?
    5. What is your drink of choice?
    6. Have you ever used a handkerchief?
    7. What was your go-to childhood candy?
    8. Have you ever gone to a midnight movie showing?
    9. What are your two favorite ingredients to cook with?
    10. What is your favorite sound?
    11. Do you remember what your first purchase? What was it?

    Keep doing great work!

    All the best,

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