About Sophie Hansen

Born and raised in Sydney, now living with her family on their deer farm in New South Wales, Sophie Hansen trained in journalism at the University of Canberra and has more than 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, and in 2013 she set up her blog, Local is Lovely (www.local-lovely.com). Sophie teaches social media and content marketing to producers and small businesses via My Open Kitchen (podcast, e-course and workshops). She has been awarded Australian Rural Woman of the Year in recognition of her commitment to rural communities. @locallovely

A sliced loaf of hummingbird loaf cake, beside a glass dish of butter and a butter knife.

Hummingbird Loaf Cake

Hummingbird cake is as sweet as it sounds. This snacky, loaf pan version is made with whole wheat flour but still adores a smear of cream cheese icing.

A pottery bowl filled with merguez meatballs, garnished with parsley, surrounded by pitas and roasted red peppers.

Merguez-Style Meatballs

Little flavor bombs made from harissa-spiced lamb that are perfect on their own but also scrummy tucked into a pita or slathered with hummus.