and the love is free

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SIMPLE NO-FUSS RECIPES A TRIBUTE TO MY MUM


After my Mum died suddenly in August 2007, I decided to pull together a collection of her recipes. With the help of my sisters I tested and photographed all the classic family dishes we had grown up with.

The results were too good to keep to myself so I decided to self publish the book to celebrate the beautiful life of my Mum and share our family’s collection of simple, no-fuss Australian recipes. Recipes that anyone can learn to cook and that everyone will love to eat.

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HOW THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Dedicated to Mums everywhere, ‘and the love is free’ is first and foremost a celebration of the Mums who bring so much joy to our lives. It makes a lovely gift to treasure your Mum and make the most of the time you have together.

Packed with simple, no-fuss family recipes that have been tried and tested it is guaranteed to solve the problem of what to have for dinner when you feel like something simple and wholesome that everyone will love.

With 57 classic Australian recipes from pavlova to lamb roast, it is a one-stop reference for anyone who wants to learn about traditional Australian cooking. And makes a beautiful gift for family and friends overseas – take advantage of our worldwide shipping deal and order a book to get delivered as a surprise.

It is also a brilliant book for home leavers, or people who would like to learn how to cook. I was lucky to have a Mum who taught and inspired me to cook – here’s your chance to learn the basics from a simple country cook.

WHO SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK?

3D coverAnyone with a Mum they treasure.

Beginner cooks
looking for a simple, clearly explained reference of the basics.

Cookbook lovers
who loves stories, especially those about beautiful, strong women and their food.

Aussies looking for a gift for friends and family overseas.

Anyone looking to learn about basic Australian family cooking.

Lovers of page licking food photography – each recipe has a picture.

WHO SHOULD NOT BUY THIS BOOK

Anyone looking for fancy, complicated recipes to impress their friends for their next eight course dinner party. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate a mother’s love and all the little things they do to make our lives better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE BOOK


SOUP, SNACKS & STARTERS – white bean & parmesan dip, veggie soup with lamb, pizza muffins, party bread tartlets with corn, tuna & asparagus,
SALADS & VEG – german potatoes, the token green salad, pan fried brussels sprouts, asparagus with poached egg, mashed potato, easy roast veg,
MEAT, FISH & POULTRY – salmon with broccolini & lemon, baked chicken with almond sauce, chinese chicken, simple roast chook, apricot chicken, sausages (or chops) with BBQ sauce, junesy’s curry, bangers & mash with onion gravy, braised beef: aka ‘yuck’, oriental meatballs, quick steak sandwich, rosemary & marmalade glazed ham, simple lambshanks with chickpeas, super slow roast leg of lamb.
PASTA – lasagna, tuna dish, pasta with cabanossi & bacon, spag bol, pasta with broccoli & pinenuts,
SAUCES – mint sauce, tasty cheese sauce, gran’s green tomato pickles
DESSERTS – cheesecake, strawberry dessert, busy day pudding, burnt custard, nanna’s baked rice, apple crunch, passionfruit cream, pavlova, mum’s legendary lemon meringue pie
CAKES & SLICES – quick mix plain cake, lamingtons, christmas cake, passionfruit slice, caramel slice, sponge cake, sultana slice
BISCUITS & SCONES – syrup biscuits, shortbread, aunty madge’s scones, pikelets
SUNDRIES & BEVERAGES – june’s basic jam recipe, fig jam, kir royal, brandy alexander
There are 57 fully photographed recipes in 144 FULL COLOUR pages scattered with stories about my Mum and each recipe.

SPECIAL BONUS

ORDER NOW AND RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK TO DOWNLOAD IMMEDIATELY. ‘HOW TO BAKE YOUR FAMILY COOKBOOK’ IS A SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONAL EBOOK TO HELP YOU WRITE YOUR OWN FAMILY COOKBOOK. Normally $9.95 it’s FREE with any purchase of and the love is free. For more about your FREE ebook - have a look HERE.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT ‘AND THE LOVE IS FREE’

Trudy
new family favourite dinner – pasta with bacon & cabanossi – now called ‘red’ pasta. yum.
we all love your book, lots of quick and kid friendly things

Sasha
I gave them to all the girls for Xmas (who are all mothers themselves) and they were a hit!
I’ve read it from cover to cover, parts of it really hit home as my own mother still wages her battle with cancer, and I laughed & I cried.
Next thing will be to try some of the recipes.

Christine
Received your book “and the love is free” yesterday so surprised how soon it arrived.
Would just like to say what a wonderful compliment to your mum the recipes and your written memories associated with that recipe are truly lovely.
I can honestly say this book will be a treasured part of my kitchen – thank you for sharing the pics and recipes and I wish you all the best.

Margot
Just thought I would let you know that your cookbook is having a good effect…..
Not sure if you remember signing a book from my friend Suz – she asked you to sign it for her husband telling him that she was looking forward to sampling some of the delights….
She came home on Monday night to discover that hubby hadn’t been able to find anything sweet in the house so had whipped himself up some scones with jam and cream from your book!!
She thought it was hilarious …but needless to say she was impressed!!

HOW TO BUY ‘AND THE LOVE IS FREE’

3D cover‘And the love is free’ is a print book and is only available through stonesoup.

ORDER NOW and get a bonus copy of my new eBook – HOW TO BAKE YOUR FAMILY COOKBOOK, normally $9.95 – Absolutely FREE.
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FREE POSTAGE ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA & NZ

Note to international visitors: As per the stonesoup style, each recipe is presented in both metric measurements and imperial so everyone anywhere in the world can enjoy these special Australian recipes. Some of the recipes date back to before Australia went metric, so I’ve had to convert both ways.

MEDIA ARTICLES ABOUT THE BOOK

Highlife Magazine: Love – The Recipe for Life [click HERE]
The Daily Telegraph & Courier Mail: Memories of Mum [click HERE]
The Canberra Times: Morsels from My Mum [click HERE]

Podcast Link – with Victoria from Bite Sized Cooking.

GUARANTEE

If you don’t find something to love about ‘and the love is free’ please let me know and I’ll fully refund your money. No questions asked.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jules Clancy (that’s me) is the girl behind the food blog ‘stonesoup | minimalist home cooking’ – a digest of minimalist recipes and kitchen tips with beautiful photographs.

I have degrees in both food science and winemaking and have recently quit my job as a chocolate biscuit designer to focus on blogging and writing cookbooks full time.

For more about me check out the about page HERE.

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jo July 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hey Jules,

We used your cookbook on Sunday night. I’ve been trying a gluten free diet for the past week and so meat and veg has been on the menu a bit. I had a chook in the fridge to make a Sunday night roast and I didn’t know what to stuff it with that would a) be gluten free and b) be in our cupboard. Craig said to check your book and lo and behold your roast chook was gluten free and I had a lemon!!

Very tasty, simple enough that even I could cook it ! fantastic!

See you soon,
Jo

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roenna July 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Hi Jules,

Just wanted to let you know that I read your book from cover to cover last night and I love it! You have done such a gorgeous job. I had a few tears reading it because it so reminded me of my mum.

Most of the recipes are ones that my mum cooked, and my mum’s likes are quite similar to yours – my mum’s favourite movie was The Sound of Music, she loved to knit, loved her garden, loved to sit and read – and also my brother’s favourite dessert is LMP! So funny that your brother asked your mum to cook it for him 21 days in a row and she did. Love it!

It just happened that I had some broccolini and spinach in the fridge and was planning to do it with some salmon tonight, and then read your recipe, so will be doing that!

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mallen July 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Just cooked up a batch of your lamington’s! Can’t wait to eat them at work tomorrow!

Your book is lovely, and my wife has commented on how sweet the stories are. I will have to get another copy out two for Christmas presents.

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kate August 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I look forward to working my way through the book and surprising my mum with a few of these dishes when she visits me. The book is a warm and moving tribute to your mother.
You must feel very proud. Thanks and keep up the great work.

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trudy August 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

new family favourite dinner – pasta with bacon & cabanossi – now called ‘red’ pasta. yum.

we all love your book, lots of quick and kid friendly things.

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susan August 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Your beautiful book has arrived.

I can`t believe how many parallels can be drawn between your family and mine. Top of the list is that we were both blessed with beautiful, caring mothers. Mine just passed away last November and I still can`t believe it really happened.

Like you I think of her every day.

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christine August 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Received your book “and the love is free” yesterday so surprised how soon it arrived.

Would just like to say what a wonderful compliment to your mum the recipes and your written memories associated with that recipe are truly lovely.

I can honestly say this book will be a treasured part of my kitchen – thank you for sharing the pics and recipes and I wish you all the best.

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margot September 3, 2009 at 10:05 am

Just thought I would let you know that your cookbook is having a good effect…..

Not sure if you remember signing a book from my friend Suz – she asked you to sign it for her husband telling him that she was looking forward to sampling some of the delights….

She came home on Monday night to discover that hubby hadn’t been able to find anything sweet in the house so had whipped himself up some scones with jam and cream from your book!!

She thought it was hilarious …but needless to say she was impressed!!

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Sallyh September 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Hi Jules, 
My copy of your lovely book arrived this morning, and I have already cried once! What a fabulous tribute to your Mum who must have been a very special person. 

I am really looking forward to trying some recipes. They are so familiar. I bet she made a mayonnaise with lemon juice and condensed milk too. I grew up with that. The pics of her are so contemporary with myself. Our daughter was born in 1972 and I had very similar guipure-lace flowers on my wedding dress. I reckon we could have been friends if we’d ever met – and now thanks to you, I will feel as if I have.

Please stay in touch.

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ange September 29, 2009 at 7:02 am

I thought of you the other day when we were chatting in the staff room and we were talking about favourite foods and memories of our Mums cooking.

I love lamb because we never really ate much meat even though we owned a supermarket. The Southern Italian diet consisted predominately of Vegetarian pastas and bakes. We probably ate pasta( some with meat some without) at least 4 out of the 7 days a week.There was pasta with: cabbage and cheese; chickpeas; lentils; peas /onion/tomato; ricotta and butter, just to name a simple few. When we were down the coast and it was legal back then to collect and eat Pippies Mum would add the pippies we fossicked for to a basic tomato spaghetti sauce.

We still have international wog day where by Mum and Dad make the spaghetti sauce and bottle it into the beer bottles. Such a job to pre clean the beer bottles which Mum used to buy from the local alcho’s to use!!! I remember showing up at some undesirable home with very undersirable people just to collect beer bottles!!!

When I was in year 7 I cut my archilles tendonbecause zucchini flower fritters were on the lunch menu and I preferred the betroot and ham salad at the neighbours. So I went over there for lunch and ended up cutting my archilles tendon on the galvanised iron gate! To this day Mum still says that if I stayed put and ate her zucchini flower fritters it wouldn’t have happened.

As adults my siblings and I all love our steamed crisp veggies. This is because our green vegies were always khaki and drowned in olive oil! I appreciate the very healthy properties of olive oil but that was overboard.One day we will have to sit and chat. I r eally enjoyed reading your book as it triggered lots of foodie memories for me and how my Mum’s life did and still does revolve around the kitchen.

Ciao
Angex

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Lesley Mathieson-Smith October 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hi Jules
I was searching for inspiration for slow cooked lamb when I came across your site.
that’ll teach me!
I have just put in my order for 2 copies of your book.
My kids (daughter Sarah 23 and son Joel 25) are both very competent cooks so I think this will make the perfect gift for them. And even though they don’t always show it, I know they love their Mum (me) – who just lives for food and cooking for friends. A little inscription in each copy would be nice :)
As an aside, I am cooking racks of spring lamb (10 of them) for a function at my place.
How long do you reckon you would slow cook racks of 4 chops for at 100C?
Would appreciate your thoughts.
BTW – I drive past the Arnotts factory at Eastern creek every day – you’re not in there doing your chocolate bikkie thing are you?
warm regards
Lesley

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Gemma Booth October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

Hi Jules

I have just ordered your book,my mum showed me the story about you in the telegraph and said to me “This would have to be your cousin Julie,don’t you think?” So we looked up your site and my mum,Helen, new your mum from the photo of her when she was young.You may not remember us it has been a long time but I remember lots of things about going to Merrill and am always glad to hear tidbits of information about the family.I also would like to wish you every success and happiness…it sounds to me like you are already well on the way,congratulations!

P.S. If it is not too much trouble would you mind inscribiing your book to my mum,Helen.

Thanks,
Gemma

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Greg - Live It with less November 25, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi Jules,

Just found your site from a link in mnmlist.com, wow, exactly what I am after, nice and simple food.

ps keen to find out how your mums caramel slice compares to my mums : )

Greg

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Marlaina Morley December 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Hi Jules,

I’m aware that you are on annual leave.

I would like to order 3 more books – do you think that I would get these books before xmas?

Give me a call on 0411 429 826 if you prefer to chat over the phone or just email me.

Thanx
Marlaina

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Sasha January 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Hi Jules
Just a quick note to thank you for inscribing all those books, I gave them to all the girls for Xmas (who are all mothers themselves) and they were a hit! I’ve read it from cover to cover, parts of it really hit home as my own mother still wages her battle with cancer, and I laughed & I cried. Next thing will be to try some of the recipes.
Thanks again.
Sasha

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jules January 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

hi sasha
it was a pleasure. so glad everyone enjoyed the books. and big love to your mum
Jx

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Jano March 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Just to say hi and thanks for your recipes.

I want to cook a rissoto for my girlfriend tonight.

:)

Greetings from Peru!

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Charlie August 25, 2010 at 5:35 am

Nobody would buy my mom’s recipes…even if they were free. Yuck!

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Deanna Dean June 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Greetings from Oklahoma! I just read thru your book, And The Love Is Free, and LOVED it! What a beautiful memoir of your mum and family. Thank you for sharing her life and recipes with the world. xxoo, dd

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jules July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

so glad you enjoyed it Deanna!
Thanks for letting me know

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