What’s Lily Malone’s passion? Guest post

We’re in for a fun post today. I’m delighted to welcome a “Naughty Ninja” to my blog, author Lily Malone, talking about her passion.Β 

LilyM_lowresWelcome Lily! Do you have a passion other than writing?Β 

Before I had children, and before writing became my hobby, I was passionate about gardening. I used to spend every hour of most weekends head down, bum up, in the garden at our place in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. My particular joy was to visit what I call the TLC (requires Tender Love & Care) shelf at most of the nurseries near me. I became the nursery shopper equivalent of an ‘op shopper’ or secondhand store bargain hunter. I have been known to visit some nursery ‘TLC’ shelves 2 or 3 times in one day, just in case something rare and brilliant and half-dead that I could rescue, might have landed in the hour since I last checked. At the time, we had a half-acre garden to fill (the backyard was pretty much just weeds and old fruit trees) and we didn’t have a lot of money…

Anyway, then I had kids, and my time for gardening (including cheap-gardening and visiting nurseries) went out the window.

So! That’s not what I’m passionate about now, Kerrie!

My new passion, is cooking. (Now how is that for a lot of stuff that would get cut out, if this was a book?)

Hehe, it depends if that backstory is relevant πŸ™‚Β How long have you been involved in your passion for cooking?

It had a hiatus. (Did I mention children and writing?) But since we moved into our new house and I have a lovely new kitchen to cook in, I’ve had a resurgence. That’s about 3 months now.Β 

What is it about it that brings a sparkle to your eye?

I love food. I love wine. I really enjoy hosting people – I always have. Not just in my new kitchen. I feel like when I was a kid, being invited to people’s places for dinner happened all the time, but now it seems to be somewhat of an old-fashioned past-time. Now people seem more inclined to go to a restaurant for a shared meal. I love the whole preparation of doing a ‘dinner party’. I like thinking about what to eat and going through my recipe books. I like shopping for, and buying the stuff. I like to see how much I can get together from my own garden (the gardener is still alive and kicking inside me) and thinking about how much I can get done in advance so that on the evening in question, I get to enjoy myself with a glass of wine and relax almost as much as the next person. I even like thinking about what music we might listen to, while I cook, and while we all eat. When I think back (as your interview is making me do) hosting dinner parties is something I’ve enjoyed for a very long time… see the next question!

You sound like a wonderful host! Do you have a funny story about something that’s happened to you while involved in your passion for cooking and dinner party hosting?

Why yes, Kerrie, I do! Many moons ago, in fact, possibly the first dinner party I officially tried to host at the tender age of perhaps, say, 24. I decided I’d cook whole trout. Yes. Never cooked trout before and I was really a very fledgling dinner party host at this point. It wasn’t even in my own house. I had to borrow a girlfriend’s house to host my party. Invited were myself, a friend Deb (owner of the house), her partner Preston, and my partner, Mark. We were all having a wonderful time, and then I decided to cook these trout. Well, all their heads fell off. I had to dish everyone headless whole trout, with green beans.

And more recently – have you heard the story of the White Chocolate Tart, delicious (if misshapen dessert) of #WeekendAtLilys

Ha, yes, I have heard that story – it looked delicious though!Β Can you share a photo of you indulging in your passion?

Err… that would be a no. Unless you can rustle something up from your mate and mine, Juanita Kees. Juanita and Jennie Jones were my last dinner party guests, during our wonderful #WeekendAtLilys

hbobAnd had a wonderful time by all accounts πŸ™‚ Finally, please tell us a little about yourself.Β 

Oh, well, shucks. I think most people who might visit your blog will know a little bit about me. I have a novel with Escape Publishing called His Brand Of Beautiful; and I have two self-published stories, Fairway To Heaven (the most recent) about dodgy fannies and golf; and The Goodbye Ride, a novella about Ducatti motorbikes and vineyards.

I’m a member of the wonderful www.naughtyninjas.net.au – where I’m Lily ‘Beanie Queen’ Malone; and I’m also part of HeartsnWined, our Western Australian-based writing and reading group for people who love West Australian authors and their stories.

Thanks so much for having me come and share my passions (old and new) with you!

Thanks for being my guest today, Lily!

You can find more of Lily at http://lilymalone.wordpress.com/Β (and read all about #WeekendatLilys).Β You can also find her hanging around on Goodreads, and on Facebook, and on Twitter: @lily_lilymalone

22 thoughts on “What’s Lily Malone’s passion? Guest post

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-62072">

    Hi Lily and Kerrie,
    Nice to know I’m not the only crazy person left from a by-gone-era that loves to host guests for dinner/lunch or breakfast. πŸ™‚
    And I agree Lily, most our dear friends and younger generation will suggest a restaurant or a local club for a get together rather than spend the time and effort to have people over. I think it is a past-time lost.

    Maybe they don’t want to spoil a Trout Dinner?

    Thanks for the interesting post guys πŸ™‚

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72568">

      Thanks for dropping by, Mary. Remember progressive dinners?! Now, there’s an activity best forgotten πŸ™‚

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-62127">

    I knew we’d have lots in common. I LOVE rescuing plants at Bunnings Hardware. But I don’t pay. I tell them they can’t sell a dying plant! So they can throw it out or let me try and revive the thing. I’m sure the young girls call me the weird plant lady!!
    Always lovely to learn more about Lily. Thx Kerrie (my other favourite person)

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72569">

      Ha, I can just picture you being the weird plant lady πŸ™‚ Where are you going to put them in your van? Thanks for dropping by, Jenn.

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-62146">
    Rhyll Biest

    You can come and cook for me any time, Lily! I won’t care whether the trout is headless or not…

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72574">

      I second that, Rhyll πŸ™‚

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-62164">

    I can vouch for Lily’s hostess skills, mothering skills and writer skills. They are all supreme. That white chocolate tart for #WeekendAtLilys was the best ever. I also got to see her soon to be transformed rural garden and her homemaker’s kitchen and how she interacts with her kids (who adore her!). Way to go Lily Malone. Thanks for a great blog post Kerrie and some fun and informative questions!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72575">

      I so want to sample that white chocolate tart! Thanks for dropping by, Jennie.

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-62308">

    Aww. Thanks ladies for visiting Kerrie’s blog and for your comments. It’s lovely here – so peaceful. I might just stay. Can you find me a little corner somewhere out of the way, Kerrie? Just fix me a drink or two and you’ll never know I’m here πŸ™‚

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72577">

      Sure Lily – you’re welcome to pull up a bed and stay πŸ™‚

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-62327">

    #WeekendAtLilys The cutest naughty ninja ever! That white chocolate tart was divine, as was everything about that weekend. I’m surprised you aren’t all taking numbers to be hosted by this fabulous, fun and energetic lady. She makes a mean sandwich and arranges the best nature walks too.

    Waving hi, Kerrie (another of my favourite people!) xxx

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72578">

      I’m definitely heading to Lily’s house πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by, Juanita πŸ™‚

      li class="comment even depth-2" id="comment-106174">

      If I ever do this as a business venture juanita, you can be head of PR, sweetie!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-62727">

    Hi Kerrie and Lily,
    Gardening and cooking seem like a great pair of mixes. I love using fresh stuff to cook with – nothing like grabbing your own herbs, vegies, etc!

    Happy cooking and gardening, Lily!

    Cate xo

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-72579">

      I agree about cooking with your own ingredients, Cate. It makes it taste so much better, doesn’t it?! Thanks for leaving a comment!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-63532">

    Hi Lily and Kerrie, You’ve put my own cooking and gardening endeavours to shame, as well as made me hungry! What more nurturing interests could there be than gardening and cooking? There’s something that says ‘caring’ in both. But I already knew that about you, Lily! xx

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-72581">

      Thanks for dropping by, Louise. Lily certainly seems to be a nurturing person!

      li class="comment odd alt depth-2" id="comment-106171">

      Awww. Thanks for dropping by here Louise!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-66710">
    Susanne Bellamy

    Hi Lily and Kerrie,

    We used to love hosting dinner parties but, as you mentioned, tend to go to a restaurant more often these days. But when we had friends over, we used to try out brand new dishes/entire three courses on them! Loved it! And the house benefitted because my husband would always find a picture that needed to be hung or something that just had to be repaired before everyone arrived! LOL!
    If ever I get back to WA, I hope white choc dessert is still on your menu, Lily! πŸ˜‰

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-72582">

      lol, so that’s the secret to getting house repairs done, is it, Susanne?! I might need to organise a dinner party! Thanks for dropping by!

      li class="comment even depth-2" id="comment-106173">

      For you Susanne, that tart will always be on the menu!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-106175">

    I came by to check Sandra Antonelli’s blog and then Pip Fioretti and then saw that I’d missed some lovely comments on my own post! So sorry for being a tardy guest Kerrie and there’s a lesson about the ‘notify me of comments’ button right there!

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