See the World.

If you’ve been coming here awhile you may know that I took a huge leap. A leap into the unknown, into the creative world, into a space I had only previously dreamed about. After working full time for over two decades (23 years to be exact), I said goodbye to full time employment, and hello to a creative existence that had been itching to break free.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been many many meltdowns, a lot of anxiety (mostly unwarranted), moments of staring at myself in the mirror and wondering “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?” and a lot of leaning on likeminded creatives for support. Despite all that, I wouldn’t change a thing. You see I had spent many years dreaming, but until I took that leap I knew I wasn’t going to move forward. 

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January 1, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Kelly Exeter - Ah – what a wonderful wonderful post. It’s been so wonderful observing your journey this year Pegs. And 2014 – well I can’t even imagine where that is going to take you!!

January 2, 2014 - 4:54 am

Teresa - Congratulations Peggy, I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to realise their dreams xox

January 2, 2014 - 7:02 am

Jo - Hello Peggy,
Thanks for this wonderful post, for speaking your truth, and for your willingness to be vulnerable with your reader community by sharing so deeply. It really is sheer madness isn’t it, all of this rushing about, driving frantically to get to and from work, to earn money for…..what exactly?? An impressive house? Multiple electronic gadgets for each kid?? It’s time for us all to get back to basics in our lives, reduce our consumption, live more frugally, grow some of our own food, eat simple meals cooked at home, and connect with our friends and family. Thanks for being an inspiration for others who seek to get off the treadmill, as I do.
Warmest regards,
Jo

January 2, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Cindy - I particularly love your photography and the Finnish flair. Always lovely and a delight to receive to my inbox.

January 2, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Sandy | Hungry Again? - This is fantastic. Congratulations on everything! Your style of photos are easily one of my favourites, hoping to see many more! :)

January 4, 2014 - 10:46 am

Your One and Only Loving Mother - I’m so very proud of you for taking that leap. I know that you would have struggled with the thought of doing it for long time, but you did it. See it wasn’t hard after all. You have come a long way in such a short period of time. Now you have come to realize how wonderful this world of creativity really is. Your work in photography is second to none. Your writing is mesmerizing and your food just out of this world. Heaven only knows where this all leads you but if I can take guess, it’ll be greater heights for you. xxoo
I’m so privilege to be your mother xxoo

January 5, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Kelly. It has been lovely having you in my corner cheering me on. You have been an integral part of me continuing on doing what I am doing, giving me a gentle nudge when I need it. Thanks lovely. x

January 5, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Teresa, you’re too kind. xo

January 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Peggy Saas - Seriously Jo, it is madness. When did life get so hectic? I realised I don’t strive to impress with bigger or better possessions, and they don’t really bring me joy, so all that rushing around to earn an extra few dollars didn’t really do it for me. I absolutely agree that it is time to get back to basics, you said it perfectly. Everything you mention, is exactly what I strive for now.
Good luck Jo, if you want it bad enough I know you will get it.

January 5, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Cindy, it’s lovely to know someone reads those inbox deliveries. :)

January 5, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Sandy. I’ll be sure to post more photos, just for you. :)

January 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Mum. Even though I think you may be a tad bias, I still appreciate the very kind words. It wasn’t an easy jump but I am rapt that I did it. I can see I have come a long way, and although I have a very long way to go, I feel at home on my new path. I’m the lucky one to have you as my mother! xo

Piparkakut: Finnish Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits

Christmas brings with it so many fond memories of my childhood. The way my Mum would start preparing Christmas dinner weeks in advance and up would go the tree and decorations all over the house. She is partial to a bit of fairy light love, every year her collection would grow until trees outside eventually started to light up in true Christmas spirit. Plates and plates of Finnish meat dishes were lovingly prepared along with hearty winter casseroles (remember, she is cooking as if in Finland in December, not Australia), salads with quirky dressings such as a pink mayonnaise coloured with beetroot, and then of course, the sweet stuff.

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December 27, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Your One and Only loving Mother - Well done Pegs! They look perfect, you’ve done better job that I ever did. The smell of the spices are out of this world aren’t they. I didn’t make any this year as there were just two of us at Christmas. It is on my bucket list to have one of those old time favourite Christmas parties as we used to have. With all the trimmings and tonnes of gifts under the lit up christmas tree and we’ll eaat till we can’t eat no more. xxoo

December 28, 2013 - 2:45 am

Dina - they look yummy!

December 28, 2013 - 8:00 am

Stephanie - Yum! I love love baking cookies! I’ll be trying them!

January 5, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Mum. Yes the smell is amazing, I found it a little hard to stop at one. Or two or three. I look forward to one of our old family Christmas dinners, they truly were the best. xo

January 5, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Peggy Saas - Dina they were truly delightful! A Christmas favourite that’s for sure.

January 5, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Peggy Saas - Stephanie you won’t be disappointed. Very easy to make and the smell and taste is just lovely. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova with Mascarpone

Every so often I bake something that gets me thinking ‘wow.’ This pavlova was one such thing. I got the idea from Nigella, having recently bought one of her books and while ogling the pages (I mostly look at the photographs at first flick through) I saw a delightful looking coffee pavlova. I quite like Nigella, her cooking technique is simple yet stylish, she doesn’t mind admitting to cutting corners and is not snobby in her approach. Any of her recipes I have attempted myself have always turned out beautifully. This pavlova was no exception.

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December 27, 2013 - 5:41 am

The Life of Clare - Peggy, this looks amazing. I love eating and making pavs!

January 5, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Clare, it was just divine! I made another one a few days later, both equally delicious. I love eating pavs too, and I think I may now enjoy making them.

Blueberry Galette + A Cookbook Idea

Berries would have to be the prettiest food around. I love when they’re baked and they gently split open to reveal their delicious juices, pouring colour all over the pastry they are encased in. I often write about how my grandmother would send my Mum off into the forest to forage for berries before she baked, I think that’d be a very delightful chore for a child. 

Speaking of my Mum’s childhood food stories, I have finally decided to draft my first cookbook. It’s very early days (ie I am still on the contents list) but I am moving on it, slowly. I have had an idea rolling around in my head for the better part of a year, maybe two, and recently my dear and very creative friend Emma gave me a gentle nudge to start getting it down on paper. I emailed my Mum and told her I need Finnish recipes (a slight hint) and I will also need family stories (another slightly bigger hint), so she promptly sent me a list of recipes off the top of her head, about 40 of them. I see 2014 being a year of baking, baking and more baking. And eating.

I am very happy about this.

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December 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Your One and Only Loving mother! - Berries always reminds me of my childhood. We had so many berries growing wild. Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries. Then we grew gooseberries, black, red and white currants and ofcorse rasberries in our own garden. Gallettes, pies and cakes with berries were a norm during the summer and saturday was the day for baking them.

Your galettes looks absolutely delishious and I too like the rustic look. xoox

December 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Mum. What delightful memories, I can’t even imagine having all those berries available for picking! How nice. Can’t wait to hear more about these fond food memories for my cookbook. :) xo

December 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

angelica | table twenty eight - What absolutely beautiful images – I’m rather envious! You nailed the lighting and I love the simplicity but effectiveness of the compositions… Fabulous!

January 5, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Angelica, that’s great feedback. I have a nice little well-lit spot in my dining room and if I choose the right time of day, the light plays nicely for me. It’s a fun thing this food photography, isn’t it!

January 29, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} - Peggy, it’s my first time hearing about you and your cookbook ideas, even if they are in early stages!! Congratulations, it must be very exciting for you :) )) I’m sure it’ll be filled with many lovely recipes, accompanied with beautiful pictures and stories! Keep us posted!

The Streets of Melbourne: Part III // Night Noodle Markets

The minute I knew I was on my way to Melbourne I messaged my fabulous friend Kieu. An dear longtime friend, a friend that has partied with me, cried with me, celebrated and laughed with me. A friend that has turned up with flowers in the midst of troubled times and didn’t balk at me wearing pyjama pants as I opened the door. A friend that no matter what the distance or how long we go without talking we always pick up where we left off. My darling friend got married earlier this year, so this was my chance to squeeze her and her ‘husband pants’ for the first time since their wedding.

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December 12, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Kieu Bocock - ?awh shucks ? feel so honoured to get this special mention (my name typed out 4 times, yes I’m such a counter!) Will dream of you making the move over, just follow your nose to the wonderlust smells of deep fried Izakaya chicken!!! Love you xxx

December 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Emma Galloway - Beautiful pics Peggy! And thanks Ben + Kieu, you really were the greatest subjects to photograph :-)

December 13, 2013 - 3:28 am

The Life of Clare - Your version of Melbourne is stunning! I need to take a different view of the city. Thanks for reminding me.

December 13, 2013 - 11:09 am

Maxabella - Didn’t we have a lovely time the time we went to Melbourne… x

December 14, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Selina - Beautiful capture of a place I would of loved to have been at, sharing your time and taste buds with Kieu glad you had a great time

December 22, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Peggy Saas - Four mentions? Well you are too fabulous not to get multiples! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality darling girl, we had such a great time.

Get Melbourne to warm up and find me a spot near the beach and I’m there! xo

December 22, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Emm. Kieu and Benjamin were the best hosts and unintentional models!

December 22, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Peggy Saas - I think when we are surrounded by something we tend to notice less, don’t you think Clare? I’ve only recently opened my eyes to Perth, it’s amazing how much I have missed over the decades I have lived here. Melbourne is beautiful, I love it.

December 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Peggy Saas - Ahh the time we went to Melbourne. It was delightful Bron. xo

December 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Peggy Saas - We did have a great time Selina. So good to catch up with lovely friends and indulge in all the great sights and food. Oh the food!