July 20, 2016

What’s for dinner at your place? 

Posted in brisbane, cooking, food tagged , , at 7:02 pm by Margi Macdonald

We’re having kale and hot smoked trout and salmon salad, with lemon and seeds and green beans and puy lentils and Parmesan. It’s an easy, filling meal which is great for lunch the next day.

Still and all, it’s the jonquils in the kitchen which have me all captivated and distracted tonight.

What smells good in your kitchen right now? 


May 25, 2011

Natural perfume- artistry and luxury

Posted in fragrance, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , at 9:48 am by Margi Macdonald

You might like to visit the blog  perfume pharmer, from Monica Miller of Skye Botanicals.

Recently I became a guest reviewer there.

I have the lovely job of reviewing fine, natural perfumes, a task entirely compatible with my philosophy for health and healing.

Pleasure, art, beauty, sensuality… they’re so important, yet in the modern biomedical context, are rarely valued as keys to healing.

So far I’ve reviewed My Gardenia by skilled, sensitive Australian perfumer Ambrosia Jones, of Perfume by Nature and Orchid by esteemed natural perfumer, Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes.

I purchase samples of the perfumes I review; it keeps me objective, and it supports artists who are working in one of the most costly realms of all artistic endeavour.


Image: © Copyright Pete Wise and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

November 1, 2010

A rose in any form

Posted in fragrance, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by Margi Macdonald

Chartres Cathedral — rose window

Why do we love roses?

Blue roses – yes or no?

What fragrance would a blue rose carry?  Sweet, ethereal and fresh, or oddly un-rosey?

Tell us what you think and feel about the idea of a blue rose, or an other rose.



Chartres Cathedral-rose window. Dimitri B on Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

blue_rose. elbfoto on flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic


Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin (1957- )
Performers: Nicola Sweeney (violin) & Sarah Nicolls (piano)

September 12, 2009

Feasts for mind and mouth and heart

Posted in brisbane, food, fragrance, health, life, writing tagged , , , , , , at 1:58 pm by Margi Macdonald

Sometimes we chance upon a piece of writing so evocative, beautiful, rich and real, that we are transported into the experience of the writer.

Today I chanced upon this wonderful piece The Olfactory Safari. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Another happy discovery  this week:  I picked up a fabulous book on the sale table at Readings on Lygon Street in Melbourne – The Fruit Hunters: A story of nature, adventure, commerce and obsession by Adam Leith Gollner.

This book’s got it all – superb writing, sex, sensuality, history, agriculture, obsession, botany, mythology, and more fruits than we’ll encounter in a lifetime. Read this, and you’ll be yearning for exotica, culinary diversity, and noisy, foetid,  fragrant marketplaces in lands-afar.

The Fruit Hunters cover

And a confession – I first thought to give this to my sister Wendy Fogarty a London-based Slow Food maven, but she might just have to procure her own copy! This hardback is my kind of book, with rough-cut pages, subtly un-smooth creamy-coloured paper, hand-drawn botanical illustrations and a feast of recommended further readings.

What are you reading and enjoying today?  Share with a comment below.

April 26, 2009

fragrant life

Posted in fragrance, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:02 pm by Margi Macdonald


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