I moved to Brisbane a little over 10 years ago. At the time I considered it a temporary stop over. I lived in hope my boyfriend (of only a few months) would leave his life in North Queensland and travel with me, perhaps down to Melbourne. I was young and stubborn. I had one bag of possessions and I longed for a life of adventure.
Life very rarely works according to a structured plan (not that I had one back then) but I certainly didn’t plan on spending my entire 20’s in Brisbane either. Brisbane captured my heart. Lucky for me, my boyfriend did join me. He too captured my heart and is now my beautiful husband. I always loved living in Brisbane. The taste, smell and colours of Brisbane will forever be synonymous with my plunge into adulthood.
Today I turn 30. Some things don’t change, I still dream of adventure and throwing caution to the wind. A little over a month ago my husband and I quit our day jobs, sold everything we own, bought a camper van and hit the road. We have no real itinerary and no time frame to work within. This is the start of our new lives. Who knows where the road will lead us. So this is goodbye Brissy and goodbye 20s. I will miss you.
I am proud that we have had the courage to step outside our possessions, careers and mindsets and look for something a bit more. We have an idea of the connected life we want, where each day is our own and we love what we do. I plan to expand Small Town Chutney and fill it with our adventures and all the wonderful culinary experiences we expect to find on the way. Hello adventure, hello 30’s and hello to this big vast country.
Now we are self employed we are choosing not to indulge in so many luxuries we used to, in terms of dining out. That’s okay, I never wanted Small Town Chutney to be about gourmet luxuries of the rich. I want to be an example that living and eating well is in reach for all Australians. It is about making the most of what we buy and selecting food that is value laden. I expect some of my food choices will be modified to accommodate our new budget. Without an oven and only a small fridge, I also expect my cooking style will change. What I can say for sure is that my love and passion for good local food remains strong and I am finding new inspiration in every town we visit.
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