Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated


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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125 thoughts on “About

  1. i reckon this is a lovely way to look at and appreciate good food. i feel much the same about shelling english peas…

    1. Pure and Simple Living says:

      Hi Amelia. I’m a fan who has just nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you’re interested in finding out more about your nomination, please feel free to check out the following post on my blog: Congratulations and keep up the great work! – Elke

      1. Amelia says:

        Thank you Elke!

      2. Pure and Simple Living says:

        You’re very welcome πŸ™‚

  2. fudgingood says:

    I adore your blog! GREAT pictures and amazing food.

  3. simplycessie says:

    your blog is a beautiful find πŸ™‚

  4. The Cleaning Solution says:

    I love the simplicity of your recipes, looking forward to trying them. Inspiring… πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      I look forward to hearing how you go! Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Olive says:

    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!

  6. christinechevalier says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. I love your ethos and your sensibility. It’s a little bit like my own. (:

  9. Leah says:

    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

  10. 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 πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      Ritual is a big part of it, yes! The photos on your blog are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Diane says:

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

  12. Shaanthz says:

    A well deserved Freshly Pressed! Welcome to NYC – you’ll hopefully get used to the craziness soon.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Shaanthz

  13. This is all deliciously lovely. Lovely food. Lovely photos. Lovely, lovely writing. What a winner! Congrats Amelia. A truly great addition to the foodie landscape.

    1. Amelia says:

      Bless you John Ryan

  14. dyefeltsool says:

    Dear Friend
    I just received the Versatile Blogger Award, and one of the cool things about it is that your task upon accepting it is to pass it on to other wonderful blogs!
    So you are the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award – see your nomination here
    Thanks for the amazing inspiration!


    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much Beth! That is very sweet, so glad you like the blog!

  15. Christina says:

    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!

    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Christina. Thanks for stopping by, I’m also new to this game. Best of luck with it all.

  16. Kimberly says:

    Love it! Your presentation is gorgeous. I’ve nominated you for this award!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Kimberly, that’s so sweet of you!

  17. Hi Amelia! I adore your blog–your food photography is gorgeous! As such, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award (

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much Andrea! That’s very sweet of you.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading Simple Provisions.

  18. I am very happy I have discovered your blog. I am going to add to your list of nominations, the Illuminating Blogger Award πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Andreea!

  19. weekswithout says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  20. kim says:

    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… πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      That’s lovely of you Kim, thanks! Your site is gorgeous.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much Kim!

  21. southbyse says:

    I happened up your blog and am quite impressed, so I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award.
    Gotta try that Chickpea, Feta and Parsley Salad…Yum!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      1. southbyse says:

        You’re welcome.

  22. Hi, Amelia — I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. For more info, check out: Hope all is well, Alaina

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Alaina! I also keep the coffee shop industry afloat πŸ™‚

      1. You are most welcome!

  23. Urvashi Roe says:

    Just flicking through your blog for the first time and I love everything you’ve posted. Beautiful photography too

  24. Bella says:

    You have a gorgeous blog and beautiful photos! I will have to try some of the recipes soon! :]

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Bella

  25. lemsroberts says:

    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!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! I do do my own photography. I have taught myself mostly, though did do a one-day class with Bea from La Tartine Gourmand to get some tips on food photography (she was very generous with her knowledge) I also found this book really helpful: Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  26. What a lovely blog! I’m in Brooklyn where I believe you used to be, but a farm house with fruit trees in the Aussie country sounds dreamy! I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Dana. I was in Brooklyn and do miss it, but the countryside is treating me well so far. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

  27. Ani Danelz says:

    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.

    1. Amelia says:

      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 πŸ™‚

  28. Great looking blog. I love your pictures and writing.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Bonnie!

  29. 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

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Marika! I owe Ophelie some PR fees when she gets home πŸ™‚ The quilt you made her is absolutely stunning. What a beautiful gift!

      1. Thank you very much! Perhaps I’ll meet you when I come visit in November. Cheers

  30. This is an absolutely gorgeous blog. You’re recipes look delicious and your lovely pictures sure contribute to it. Congratulations for an awesome job!

  31. Gail says:

    Hi Amelia…I found your blog via Pinterest! I too live 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.

    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Gail. Thanks so much for commenting. Tassie is indeed beautiful and so full of amazing food producers – lucky you!

  32. Gail says:

    Agree…spoilt for choice here!

  33. derrickli718 says:

    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.

    1. Amelia says:

      I’m glad you found me too!

  34. Antypasti says:

    “experiment in slower living” am kinda jealous of you girl! πŸ™‚ love simple recipes, loved your blog

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much!

  35. Wonderful to run across your blog– fresh and inventive, beautiful but not pretentious. love it.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much Rhonda – that’s what I’m hoping for, so I’m glad it translated πŸ™‚

  36. Prateeksha says:

    Exceptional photography, exceptional recipes. I really liked so many recipes and gonna try them one by one !! Thanks for sharing!!

  37. Rosa M Lillo says:

    Totally agree with you in everything! I celebrate your experimenting that slower living πŸ˜‰
    Your recipes and pictures are just impressive, Amelia!
    Bss from Spain

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Rosa. So far the experiment is going really well.

  38. hello,thanks for letting me visit. i think i will stop by again – i like the way you eat! x

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Jessica! I appreciate it.

  39. mrsgillies says:

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Check out my post to find out more details πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Laura for those sweet words!

  40. laurasmess says:

    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

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! That is so lovely to hear, thanks so much for letting me know πŸ™‚

  41. milkandbun says:

    Hi Amelia! Just discovered your blog and glad I did it! Love your beautiful photos and recipes! πŸ™‚


    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks so much for all your lovely comments Mila, I really appreciate them.

  42. Gorgeous blog! Nice to find a fellow Victorian. X

  43. Melissa says:

    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!

    1. Amelia says:

      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.

  44. chef mimi says:

    Yours are my favorite photographs from all so the pretty blogs I follow. I wish you would have a photography workshop!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Mimi, that’s so kind!

  45. Alice says:

    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.

    1. Amelia says:

      I hope you enjoy it Alice!

  46. emateurchef says:

    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,

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Emily!

  47. Yana says:

    Hello Amelia,
    I’m so glad I came across to your blog, as I immediately loved the contents, your ideas and recipes! I look forward to explore it further! πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      That’s lovely Yana, thank you.

  48. M-R says:

    I think you are an excellent discovery, and I’m delighted with your tagline ! I shall thank Krista for recommending you, you clever Aussie ! πŸ™‚
    You’re also the only other blogger I’ve found (so far) to be using what I had come to refer to as ‘my theme’ ! [grin]

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks M-R! I changed my theme two days ago in a burst of blogging energy! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

      1. M-R says:

        But you decided not to stick with the typeface font, eh ? Well, I’m GLAD ! [grin]
        Great Aussie minds – I know you meant that. This-arvo, when I’ve had me lunch, I mean to wander all over your site. Be warned: I leave comments everywhere ! πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  49. milk + honey says:

    Well written posts and great recipes! Will be revisiting for sure!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Larissa!

  50. spoon me like porridge says:

    I’m so glad to have happened upon your blog, it’s really beautiful. I’m also from a regional area of Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula. I’m loving your pared-back cooking style and honesty, x x

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Hannah!

  51. swethadhaara says:

    Appeasing pics ..nicely captured! I am a fan of your blog from now..:-)

  52. deliciouscityliving says:

    I love the photography on your blog! I can’t stop scrolling to check out more and more! πŸ™‚

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! So lovely of you to say.

  53. inspiredmood says:

    Hi Amelia, I love your site and all the recipes and photos! I went to New York for the first time earlier this year. I spent a week there and loved it but I’m not sure how I’d go living there for a year. What an incredible experience though! I look forward to seeing more as I check in on your site πŸ˜€

    1. Amelia says:

      It was an amazing experience, and I do miss it now that I’m so very far away. Thanks so much for your lovely words.

  54. Nice to find your blog. I moved from Canada to Australia and back three times! Twice to Melbourne and once to Brisbane. I’ve settled in Canada now but LOVE and miss Australia and am an Aussie citizen, Victoria is such a beautiful state. One of my favourite spots on the planet. Look forward to reading about your life and Happy New Year!

  55. Yay! I LOVE SIMPLE!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•. I’ll b visiting this blog a lot, for sure! Woohoo!!

  56. Such an awesome blog! I have nominated you for the Liebster award. Please take a few moments to read your nominations and hopefully accept this award!

  57. Phebe says:

    Love your photos and recipes on this blog. Will looking your blog as reference for my simple daily dish.

  58. Nasrin says:

    Fantastic pictures Amelia… I adore your blog. πŸ™‚ wish you the best.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Nasrin

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