Welcome to Side Dishes, The Food Podcast mini series exploring the Flavours of Home.
We begin the series with a letter from Flore Vallery-Radot, or Flo, a French- Australian photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, workshop host, mother, wife, beekeeper and passionate cook. I asked Flo to tell me about the flavour of her home on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.
Flavour is a favourite word of mine. Yes, it describes the unique taste of food or drink, but it also captures the character of something… the mood of an event, the tone a conversation, the feel of a home. Flo’s answer, with her beguiling voice, takes us on a magical exploration into travels, relationships, flavour memories, culinary adventures, heartaches, love stories and cookbooks, so many cookbooks.
Just beside the wall of cookbooks in Flo’s house is this ‘tea pot’ corner. I took this picture when I visited her home last May, as Flo cooked lunch for us. The corner, studded with teapots, reminded me of Alice in Wonderland – familiar yet whimsical. This is Flo. Her instagram account reads, ‘I create evocative little films for you’… but her whole life is evocative, from the white curtains billowing through the glass door, pushed by a gentle breeze and the jazz coming from the speakers… her colourful dress swirling as she danced around her kitchen…the magical lunch of French delicacies enhanced with Australian ingredients… the much-loved cat, purring on the sofa.
So curl up, close your eyes, and have a listen to Flo’s story, shared through the flavour of her home.
You can listen to the episode here.