A Basket by the Door

Event: A Basket by the Door – an intimate chat with Sophie Hansen

A Basket by the Door by Sophie Hansen

On Wednesday 15 May, author, blogger, farmer and cook Sophie Hansen will be joining us for the Melbourne launch of her new book: A Basket by the Door.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 15th May
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $10
Bookings: Eventbrite

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About the book

A Basket by the Door: recipes for comforting gifts & joyful gatherings is a book filled with the essence of country hospitality, community, neighbours, and country living; a reminder of what is best about our local communities and friends.

With fresh, comforting food and stunning photography, it is simply – a book that is good for the soul.

Nothing says ‘I love you, I’ve got you and I’m here’ better than a parcel of food you’ve taken the time to make, wrap and deliver.  As our lives become busier and more urban it is easy to lose contact with our communties.  In A Basket by the Door, Sophie Hansen has provided us with a roadmap for sharing and giving to our loved ones; to connecting and reconnecting over food and kitchen tables.

Organised seasonally, A Basket by the Door provides 130 recipes to cook for loved ones who might be moving house, busy with a newborn, celebrating a milestone, recovering after illness, grieving, or just in need of a little love and appreciation.

The delicious recipes (an eclectic but lovely mix of classic, country and and contemporary food ) include delights such as an easy bundle of fresh dips and lavosh biscuits to take along to drinks, a portable breakfast to surprise a friend, a sturdy picnic cake and sandwiches in a basket for lunch (even in the office), a comforting ragu and chocolate mousse to enjoy while wallowing on the sofa, as well as ideas to take when invited for dinner or a weekend away.

If that doesn’t tempt you then how about Apple, Fennel & Pork Sausage Rolls or a Chicken Pie; a classic country sponge or a Syrup-soaked Lemon, Blueberry and Rosemary Cake?  Venison Shepherd’s Pie anyone?

About Sophie

Please join us for what will be a wonderfully warm and rewarding evening.  As always, we’ll be tasting a few recipes as well as chatting to Sophie over a glass of wine or two.

Sophie Hansen

Born and raised in Sydney, now living with her family on their farm just outside Orange in country New South Wales, Sophie Hansen trained in journalism and has over 20 years’ experience as a features writer.

She has contributed to Australian Country Style and Outback magazines; she was an editor for Slow Food International’s English website, lived in Italy for 3 years and is fluent in Italian. In 2013 she set up her blog, Local is Lovely, and her podcast My Open Kitchen is going into its third season. In 2016, Sophie was recognised as  Australian Rural Woman of the Year for her commitment to rural communities. She believes in simple, tasty and seasonal food made with love and shared generously.

 Please join us for what promises to be a warm and wonderful evening celebrating the importance of country hospitality with Sophie Hansen

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Can I buy/pre-order signed copies of A Basket by the Door?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $39.95.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas please contact us for a quote.

I’ve already purchased the book – can I bring it to be signed?

Well…to be honest…we’d rather you didn’t…we do these events to sell books. We subsidise our events by the sale of books on the night. We would prefer not to have to increase our event fee. If you did want to bring a book along for signing, please consider buying another book instore on the night to support our events.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

Parking restrictions apply in the Melbourne CBD until 8.30pm.  You can park on Queen Street near the corner of Victoria Street.  There are limited parking spaces on Victoria Street.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.  

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable because it is a catered event but can be transferred if you can’t attend. 


 Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances.

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