No bullshit here. Modern food is plain rubbish. Processed food, the stuff that’s easy to prepare at home that you can buy from supermarkets. It’s not good for us. The rubber burgers, subs, fried chicken and pizza from the chains, it’s all shit. This ‘food’ is a product, driven by the desire to make a great deal of money for a company and it’s shareholders. It’s designed to extract money from your pocket. It’s not designed to keep you healthy no matter what it tells you on the packet.

Humans have survived for a long time by eating real food. I’m not talking about pre-historic food, I’m talking about cooking with real vegetables, meat, cheese, diary, herbs and spices.

Some of the longest living people in the world live on a diet of pasta, rice, beans, fish and wine. Food they’ve been happily eating for centuries.

Most of what you’re told by the media is rubbish. All of us should know that by now.

You don’t need to drink ‘good bacteria’ drinks.

You don’t need multi vitamins.

You don’t need to eat food labelled, ‘low fat’ low sugar’ ‘low salt’…..instead eat food with no labels.

Humans have lived healthy lives without these modern products for centuries.

These pages are about eating real food. The stuff that I can grow in the soil. The stuff I can hunt and harvest from the fields and the bush.

This is my answer. It may not be the answer for you as I don’t have all the answers.

This is simply my answer for me and my gang.



I make no apologies for my truck, guns, nor my love of fine outlaw and country music. 

And if it makes you feel good, you can call me a hipster, hillbilly, redneck or bogan. You can call me what ever you like. 


Image: justin bovington

  • October 29, 2010 - 10:43 pm

    Matthew Hranek - NICE. LOVELY. WELL DONE.

  • December 10, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    Mike - Thanks for stopping by my fishing blog – not because you came to visit, but because I was able to follow you home. You’ve images are lovely, your perspective fascinating. I’m hooked.


    • December 10, 2010 - 2:00 pm

      daybookexchange - Thanks Mike!

      The thing I love about blogs is being able to see what happens on the other side of the world! Thanks for sharing with us all mate!ReplyCancel

  • December 13, 2010 - 2:05 am

    bsmith835 - Daybook,

    I can’t begin to tell you how fascinated I have been with your site. Your content is great and your photos are extraordinary. Thank you so much for having me on your blogroll and I look forward to following you in the future. Thanks again for sharing.


    • December 13, 2010 - 8:37 am

      daybookexchange - No problems Ben! Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be keeping a look out online to see whats going on in Arizona! It’s a different world from down here…..! Maybe it should be Amazing Arizona!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 6:53 am

    Jack Wylie - Well done site my friend and fellow Hunter/Gatherer. Great photographs as well.

    Have you an RSS feed?

    Best to you this Holiday,

    Free Range FamilyReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Jay - Just discovered your blog. Beautiful photographs and great content. Keep up the good work. I am hoping to make a trip down under and do some barramundi fly fishing before I kick the bucket. Maybe you can give me some pointers or steer me in the right direction.ReplyCancel

    • December 25, 2010 - 8:38 am

      daybookexchange - Thanks Jay!
      The best place for Barra fishing is in The Kimberly’s up north. One of the most remote and stunning places to fly fish in this country! Just watch out for the croc’s!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2010 - 1:50 am

    AZWanderings - Daybook,
    I know that you just got me up on your blogroll but there have been some changes at AZWanderings. My site and url have both been updated. You can check me out at:

    Happy New Years and tight lines.


  • January 19, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Rach - Hey Ro,
    Thanks for the lovely comments, they really mean a lot coming from you! Havn’t seen you for ages, will have to catch up soon & tell you all about what’s going on. Lots of changes happening at work, good changes which will help ease me out of hairdressing and back to my first love of viual arts and being crafty lady! Also, I’m going to China in 6 weeks, OMG I’m so excited I can’t even tell you how excited I am!
    See you soon hopefully!
    B.t.w, Love looking at your ace photos still, you make everything into a work of art. And your girls are gorgeous! Say hey to KimReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Francesca - Thanks for stopping by MNW and for adding me to your blog roll! I’ve added yours to mine – you have an awesome blog – I’ve been enjoying your stunning photography and words muchly.
    Cheers! xoReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Phill - 3 things:

    Really enjoy your photography

    Really enjoy your blog

    Love the fact you live in Ballarat; one of my favourite places in AustraliaReplyCancel

    • February 16, 2011 - 2:24 pm

      daybookexchange - Thanks Phill! Ballarat is a kinda nice place. It’s a hidden secret and definitely a blank canvas.ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Ryan - Very inspiring blog. Your photography is subtle and beautiful. I think I will go fishing now…ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2011 - 3:58 am

    Ian - Keep up the good life for us not there yet. I get out of the city to hunt and be human. If I ever make it down your way I may accost you to go rabbit hunting. If you ever make it up this way (Massachusetts, USA) you should do the same.ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2011 - 3:04 am

    Turling - Just stumbled on your blog via 10Engines. Only have time to get through page 3, but I’ll be back to travel back further. Great blog. Photography is magnificent.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2011 - 8:09 am

    Rick - Amazing blog. You’ve inspired me to pick mine back up. Last night I went through ten pages and enjoyed every post and photo.

    Best wishes.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Johnny - Hi Rohan, just letting you know I’m a great fan of the site & have featured you on our site’s lifestyle/culture round-up ‘the Atlas Edition’ on http://www.freemanbrand.com — link here mate http://www.freemanbrand.com/2011/02/atlas-edition-017.html#moreReplyCancel

    • February 27, 2011 - 1:13 pm

      daybookexchange - Thanks Johnny. Just go this message just as I’m packing up the Jeep for a quick afternoon hunt. Hoping for some game tonight for a Tandoori Rabbit recipe I’ve been wanting to try. An odd combination I’m sure but I’m willing to give it a try!

      Cheers beers!ReplyCancel

      • February 27, 2011 - 1:18 pm

        Johnny - I’m surrounded by damp concrete most of the year, I most certainly envy your trip mate. Hope it goes well, look forward to seeing the results.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    alex - wonderful blog, please do not move to a city and do not stop making photos.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2011 - 3:39 am

    Geoffrey Holstad - We posted you up on Cold Splinters today, beautiful photos, beautiful life.


    All the best!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2011 - 9:09 am

    Shirleen - Found your blog via Honey and Jam.

    Love your photos.
    Love your stories.
    Love your food!
    Love your blog.
    :-) ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Jeff Adair - We are brothers in our quest for the tastes and sensations of the wild. I look forward to future outings.ReplyCancel

    • May 14, 2011 - 10:52 am

      daybookexchange - Thanks Jeff! Come summer we’ll definitely have to do some remote hiking fly fishing trips!ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2011 - 2:25 am

    Alison @ a la Alison - BEAUTIFUL. All photos are stunning. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • May 18, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    dtbsz - You have all my respect.

    BTW just pure curiosity. What (photo) gear do you use? Body & fav lens?

    May the force be with you!! :) ReplyCancel

    • May 19, 2011 - 9:04 am

      daybookexchange - Much respect.

      It’s not the body that so important but the lens. Dedicated macro and f2.8. Cannon or Nikon DSLR, anything above 2008 should be good.ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Cate - Wow. I love love love your blog and photographs. Just subscribed right now.

    And congrats on the Saveur 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading. I think this was my best find of the day!ReplyCancel

    • May 19, 2011 - 8:57 am

      daybookexchange - Thanks Cate! Saveur was a total surprise. Someone lovely must have nominated me!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    Skinny - Beautiful photography – I love the ‘filtration/processing you use on your food shots – for some reason your site has been referring people to mine but I can’t for the life of me see how. Thanks anyway. I’ll add your site to my blog list.
    Cheers from across the ditch

  • May 23, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    bigskydreamer - A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. !! Love your philosophy and photography – thanks for blogging us through it.ReplyCancel

    • May 23, 2011 - 4:38 pm

      daybookexchange - Thanks so much! I do tend to rabbit on a bit sometimes, but I’m glad to get the message through!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Matt - Great to see a fellow Victorian with such a great sensibility towards life and the way it should be lived. You make me hungry every time I check your site! Keep up the good work.



    • May 31, 2011 - 8:51 am

      daybookexchange - Thanks Matt! Where in Vic are you? Melb or Country?ReplyCancel

      • May 31, 2011 - 10:02 am

        Matt - Whilst I fancy myself as a country bloke at heart, I alas find myself in the leafy outer northern suburb of Eltham dreaming of a proper “tree change”. One day…ReplyCancel

      • May 31, 2011 - 1:24 pm

        Matt - Haha talk about small world, we’re actually in the process of moving to our new (old) house in Briar Hill!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Chris - Awesome blog, well done! Love the photos especially!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2011 - 7:45 am

    SAM - Daybook – greetings from TEXAS. thank you for stopping by the Amatourist and for leading me back to your gatherhuntcooklive fiefdom.

    … I’ll be back often. All the best,ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2011 - 9:44 am

    daybookexchange - Cheers Sam, Your website gives us a great insight to what the south of America is really like! A place I’d love to visit on my next trip over.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2011 - 10:48 pm

    genevieve - I love love love your blog – thank you SO much for sharing your amazing photos and foodie goodness….expect me back regularly!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2011 - 5:07 am

    Nichole - Just found you blog because a few Facebook pages I follow linked to your pantry post. Your blog looks great and I’m excited to follow along!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2011 - 5:54 am

    Jill Chen - You are amazing. Really. Photography is stunning. Food looks amazing. Styling beautiful and effortless. Found you blog by accident, have subscribed and added you to my blogroll. Looking forward to reading all your posts.ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    Aaron Abolofia - Your pictures are unbelievable! I’m hooked. I’m sure you get this all the time but if you have a second I would love for you to check out my blog http://nwbutter.blog.com/

    Keep it coming!ReplyCancel

    • June 19, 2011 - 4:59 pm

      daybookexchange - Thanks Aaron…..Northwest Butter is a rad site!!!!

      I want a steak sandwich right now!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Bluesistheteacher - Great!! I agree with you 100%: I don’t like to bastardize food by over complicating it, too. I think i couldn’t explain it better.

    I also love family, food and nature too. Australian nature is always one of my top wishlist trips… maybe one day…. Thanks for your pics, i’m sure I’ll pass by wholelarderlove regulary!

    ;) ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2011 - 9:48 am

    daybookexchange - Thank you! Congrats on the freshly pressedReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2011 - 10:49 pm

    Kellie - Just found you through The Blue Hour. Soooo glad I did! What wonderful photos, but it’s your writing that reels me in. Consider me a subscriber from here on out!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Fiona - Have just discovered your blog – a great read! From a fellow Ballarat family of grow/hunt/gatherers :) ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2011 - 2:35 am

    The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife - Great blog! What is it that you hunt in Ballarat?ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Riccardo - Great blog and photos, happy to have found you!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Jeff - Ro
    I am constantly amazed by your skills. We will sharpen a few others when we hook a few sly browns or fighting rainbows. I have a plan for the early new year which you may be interested in?

    • September 10, 2011 - 9:34 am

      daybookexchange - Jeff I can’t wait mate! We got a killer cold snap in town yesterday with a decent old hail storm, totally reinforcing my longing for the warmer weather.
      Winter seems like it’s holding on tight this year, making day dreams of wading up a river in stinking hot weather just that more enticing.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Jeff Adair - Ro
    Just imagine what we can do with a big fat fish or two. I have a few ideas in mind which I am sure with tantalise you. Sly browns and fighting rainbows high up in the Snowys.
    Cheers mate

  • September 11, 2011 - 9:54 am

    smokeytownletters - I was directed to your blog by a fellow commuter on the Ballarat-Melbourne line. We’re raising a couple of pigs on a small block out past Creswick, and have a sometimes successful veggie garden. Always wanted to learn to hunt. Closest I got was a few shots of my dad’s .22 a long while ago. Would love some tips on local yabby holes if you’re willing to share. As a kid we used the three dams on our property, but alas, no dams here. Your photos and food ideas are inspiring.ReplyCancel

    • September 12, 2011 - 9:42 am

      daybookexchange - Local yabbie holes are as you might already know are almost like a badge of a successful friendship. I have a few friends that have welcomed me onto their property to set traps. Unfortunately even on unused Crown Land parcels with dams, it’s illegal to trap them. So traps can only be used on private land. I guess it’s a matter of smooth talking land owners. Batter you eyelids or provide endless compliments to said land owners in the hope of gaining access to private dam.

      How much space do you have in Smokeytown? Do you want some rabbits?ReplyCancel

      • August 31, 2012 - 9:47 pm

        carmie.m - I know this is an old post, but I have only just stumbled across your site. (Love it BTW) I too am a local Smokeytown resident (well, Smokeytown Road) and I thought catching yabbies was legal as long as you don’t use an Opera House net. I stand to be corrected, as I am a novice when it comes to these things, but I would love to know, cause our family LOVES yabbies and I would be totally up for finding some local spots. Would also LOVE to know where some good fishing holes are in the area – planning on taking the family fishing for fathers day. Have tried a few, but with very little luck so far…………ReplyCancel

        • September 1, 2012 - 7:59 am

          wholelarderlove - You can use what ever you want on private land.It’s illegal to use nets on government water, which is every river and lake! The best thing to do is soften up a farmer and get access to a dam and hope there is tabbies in there. It’s a little bit early in the season though, high summer I find is better. But no harm in trying now! Nets are only $14 a pop at the gun shop in town. I go to Rehfisch & CO.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Camilla Cathro - Just thought I’d let you know I found your blog by the usual circuitous route (from some link to another to another) and I’ve added it to my reader, it’s THAT good! And weirdly you’re the first male blogger I read regularly!ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    Em - Love this, you’re backyard sounds like a dream. I’m a renter (in Ballarat by co-incidence) so my veggie patch consists of pots and a 1×1 wooden pallet from Bunnings! Glad you stopped by at fox+cub, your blog is fab. xReplyCancel

    • November 29, 2011 - 10:50 pm

      WholeLarderLove - That’s better than what most people do!!! I reckon growing veg in pots in our climate is sometimes better than in the garden. The soil is warmer in pots and in Ballarat thats a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    Sarah Curwen-Walker - G’day Rohan,
    I’ve very much enjoyed watching your ABC Local videos and browsing your blog. I grew up just outside of Ballarat, in Yendon, right across from the Yendon tomato farm. Our close family friends built the place and I spent many child (happily) slave labour hours hand polishing each tomato as they used to do ‘back in the day’. In the nearby town, Bunninyong, John Harbor worked as a butcher and I still dream of his lamb roasts and remember fondly receiving freebie pieces of ham while shyly pushing the saw dust on the floor around with my feet. His new shop is around the corner from where my parents now live in town and I am extremely envious of my mother’s ease of access to his very special wares.
    I now live above my almost comically small greengrocer in Northcote, Melbourne. My philosophy is very similar to yours in letting the seasons dictate what appears on the table from week to week. Unfortunately the business side of things means that I need to have things from farther flung parts of the country (but never ever from o/s). I’m slowly educating people on our belief systems and most people are coming around to it.
    Since opening the store 5 months ago I have come eat many more vegetarian meals than not, leaving meat as a treat to be savored. I look forward to more of your vego recipes as although I am a keen cook, my veg repertoire lacks a little to be desired.
    I’m so happy to hear that you’ve scored a book deal and that the hard work albeit a labour of love, has paid off for you.
    Please come by the shop next time you’re in town. It’s not to far from the Spanish food store, Casa Iberica which is at 25 Johnson St. Collingwood.
    Happy growing, fishing, hunting, gathering and eating,
    St Dot’s Fine Produce
    234 High St
    Northcote Vic 3070ReplyCancel

    • December 12, 2011 - 7:14 pm

      WholeLarderLove - John harbor is my favorite butcher!! I used to work as a casual at a butchers in Surry Hills in Melbourne about 89-90. I developed a respect for the work butchers do and I guess seeing animals hanging desensitized me somewhat! I still eat meat, just that these days it’s mostly stuff I’ve hunted, dispatched or caught myself which means a little less meat than your average joe. It’s a bit more work invoked than a drive to Coles. ;-)

      Your shop sounds interesting and when I next visit my dear friend in The wood I’ll drop by.

      Thanks for visiting!ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    Jeff Adair - Ro
    The Snowys are calling. Get your gear, pack the swag,we are heading into the place where wind is created and the fish are waiting.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    marsblackvintage - Love your blog. love it! It is beautiful and inspiringReplyCancel

  • March 7, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    otways finest - recent conversation on roo was somewhat interesting, lets talk rabbit…ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    daddownunder - This blog makes me happy! Life as it should beReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 9:07 am

    nadel&gabel - I just came across your blog recently, but immediatly fell in love with your amazing pics (would like to be such a good photographer), your storys – the honesty and reality that speaks of them! “From Blade to Plate” really impressed me and made me want to be a regular follower of your gardening, hunting, cooking adventures! Honestly enjoy reading your blog!ReplyCancel

    • March 22, 2012 - 12:01 pm

      WholeLarderLove - Well thank you very much for your kind words. You’re definitely welcome back anytime!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2012 - 4:01 am

    A Weldon Life - I chase my daughters through the woods with my Canon 60D all the time and can’t quite capture the colors and blur/focus you do. I actually had one of your pics open on my desktop while retouching a photo of my daughter in Apple Aperture ;-) Can you share a bit about your lens & post processing?

    Thanks so much. LOVE your blog.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2012 - 1:20 am

    rindefield - i’m so glad to have found your blog! what an amazing photographs and stories. i LOVE it! thank you for the inspiration. keep up the good work. ;) ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2012 - 5:23 am

    Maria Xanthopoulou - Your blog is lovely. I read a few of your posts and thought you were a woman (well, a woman married to a guy named Kim, who hunts rabbits – then I read the “About” section)! The tenderness of your photos and musings speaks to my heart. I will be following your adventures from across the globe …ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2012 - 2:54 am

    Nicole - Look at the size of that yabby you’re holding! That is incredible!

    I was reading your post on the New-Old house and when I saw you say there would be room for “chooks” I knew you had to be from my part of the world. I’m an Adelaide-born bush kid who moved to the California ten years ago, and find myself strangely obsessed when I come across Australian food bloggers, though I rarely actively seek them out. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your blog and catching up on your beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 8:46 am

    erin - Hi, I just discovered your blog via an old issue of ‘Green’ magazine – I love it. I have been looking into relocating to Ballarat for some time – could you recommend any good blogs / websites to scope out the place?
    I have looked around a bit to get some feel as to the likely nature of late-30-somethings getting out of Melb, arts, farmers markets, ‘indie’ lifestyle in Ballarat – coming up cold so far… too far out of the loop, been living in nz for 10yrs.
    Never stop blogging!

    • August 20, 2012 - 9:36 am

      wholelarderlove - I have mixed feelings about Ballarat the city itself. It’s a beautiful city from an aesthetic aspect, but some/many of the occupants of said city are of dubious quality. It’s a city that struggles with change, especially anything that’s out of the ordinary, and suffers from small town mentality. However just down the road is Daylesford that is far more open minded and embracing of the good life. We live in between the two, surrounded by paddocks and forest in walking distance.

      To get an idea of what the city run’s on make regular visit’s to the local news. That should give you an idea of what Ballarat is about. And you can make your own mind up from there. There is a good deal of sport news, cattle dog stories and complaints about the council poor management.

      The Courier. ReplyCancel

      • August 23, 2012 - 12:41 pm

        erin - thanks so much for your reply.
        I currently reside in a town; population 10’000 on NZ’s Sth Island so I have a good idea of the kind of thing you’re referring to! (replace AFL with Rugby, cattle dogs with cows – as for council management SNAP!)
        The newspaper is a great idea – I appreciate your candor regarding a sensitive subject…
        Never-the-less,urban Melbourne with two kids seems gritty when compared to the news in The Courier. :)
        thanks again
        blog on!

  • September 19, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Jackie - So inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Best wishes to you and your lovely family!ReplyCancel

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    bootandcanoe - Great blog. I am looking forward to thumbing through more of it. All the mention of rabbits is making me excited for rabbit season here in Maine.ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2012 - 5:43 am

    bootandcanoe - Great blog. I am looking forward to thumbing through more of it. All the mention of rabbits is getting me excited for rabbit season here in Maine.ReplyCancel