my story

The author of this site is Jules Clancy. I’m a food scientist, runner, photographer, writer, [self] published author, and food & wine lover. I live in the Snowy Mountains of Australia with my fiance, a dashing Irishman.

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I grew up on a sheep farm, the eldest of 5 children and was lucky to have a mother who was an inspirational country cook. My love of food developed at an early age but it wasn’t until I went to boarding school and had to make do with convent food that I realised just how special my mum’s cooking was.

When I left school it was an easy decision to study food science at university. After I graduated I landed a job in product development for Kellogg which was great fun. After some soul searching during a year traveling in Europe and Asia, I decided to venture into the world of wine and enrolled in the wine science course at Charles Sturt University.

This lead me on a great adventure making wine in some of the most beautiful places in the world: From the Hunter and Barossa Valleys in Australia, to Sonoma and Los Gatos in California USA to the home of Shiraz – the Rhone Valley in France. I loved my days as a roving winemaker, but I finally came to the realisation that wine is more fun to drink than make and that the world of food is where I really need to be.

So I returned to Sydney and to Kellogg, happy to have a job where there was no requirement for lifting heavy things. And where I could wear pretty shoes with heels everyday rather than soggy winemakers boots. About the same time I discovered food blogs and became hooked. It wasn’t long before I found myself stretching my mediocre computer skills and investing in a digital SLR camera to start stonesoup.

My next job was designing chocolate biscuits and cookies for a living – I know it was tough but someone had to do it. But even a dream job like that is still a ‘job’. So in January 2010 I packed in corporate life to become a full time blogger focusing on Stonesoup. And haven’t looked back.

Recently I self published my first book ‘and the love is free’ – a cookbook that celebrates the beautiful life of my Mum.

I’ve also discovered the philosophy of minimalism, via the brilliant blogger Leo Babauta of Zen Habits fame. And it has been my path to minimalism that has inspired a change in what I’m cooking for myself and the recipes that I’m inspired to blog about on stonesoup. I know it sounds a bit new-agey but really it’s all about ‘less is more’. For more on minimalism have a look HERE or minimalist home cooking click HERE.

When I’m not cooking, writing about food or taking photographs [of food] I can be found indulging my passions for long boozy lunches, travel, running, growing my own veggies, cookbooks, boating on Sydney harbour, cheese and red shoes. [OK. all shoes].

You can contact me at jules [at] thestonesoup [dot] com

my [old] place – a room with a view

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TONI December 15, 2009 at 2:43 am

Hola,

te escribo desde el sur de España (Sevilla), soy un amante de la cocina de autor y me encantaría conocerte. Soy ingeniero y también soy soltero.

espero tu respuesta.

un saludo

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Rob Cairns January 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Dear Jules,

I was just looking for a good soup recipe and stumbled across your website.

You wont remember me but I used to admire you from afar at the back bar of the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills. It was back in the early 00’s when Felicity Mc and I worked together at Cotton Australia. Crazy days that were extremely fun… but I’m glad we got through in one piece!

Happy to see that all is going well for you. Finding something you enjoy, are passionate about and you can make a living from sounds divine?!

I’ll keep you in mind when next I need a present… cook books seem to be the flavour of the month (excuse the pun!)

Hope it all continues to go well for you Jules and all the best for 2010.

Cheers

Rob Cairns

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Clare Lancaster March 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Hiya – just came across your blog through a link from Wellbeing Magazine.

Love, love, love your recipes – the simplicity is enticing!

Good luck with your venture, hope everything is a big success for you.

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Jane in New Hampshire March 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm

In my next life I want to be you! Love your blog :)

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jules March 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

thanks clare & welcome to stonesoup – hope to see you back here soon

thanks jane – that’s really sweet.

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Nina Angelo May 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

It was great meeting you the other night in Macs Jules… thanks for the yummy meal and chat. Learnt lots about potatoes too and put it to the test last night.
Love your website and your story…

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Josh S June 22, 2010 at 12:23 am

i love your book and your blog. huge fan of keeping ingredients numbered on one hand, this is real time saving cooking and i was surprised and happy to discover your site!

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cucinone August 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I just discovered your blog and was a little puzzled by its name “stonesoup”. Is it a coincidence or did you know that in Italy the old name for acquacotta was zuppa di pietra or stonesoup, referring to the minimal amount of ingredients? You can find my recipe for stonesoup and a lovely italian video about it here: http://tiny.cc/b4qyi

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Anthony S January 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Jules

Stumbled on your blog and I am so happy I did – after a lifetime in kitchens and hospitality I am still passionate about every aspect and now have found a site where it appears the author has the same passion!
Thank you and I look forward to ongoing inspiration!

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Elizabeth Schuster March 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. As a mother of three children (all under age 5) I need to produce healthy meals in minimal time! I love your creative ideas.

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jules March 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thanks Elizabeth!
Glad you’re enjoying Stonesoup

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Katie October 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Found your website when looking for a sourdough recipe. Your philosophy on food and life is great. Hooked already!

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Dick February 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

Hi Jules,
I found your site while searching for leftover food shelf life and am pleased with your blog – etc. I enjoy experimenting with recipes and am impressed with your simple approach. I too, have traversed the globe like you only mine was 23 years via Air Force bases and 25 years with corporate america. Even had a holiday down under (loved it) before hanging up my spurs here in Arizona. Now its attempting to become a luthier and cooking during my retired years. Like I said it is a pleasure to view your site contents – it which will help me greatly with the cooking! Regards Dick

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Pauline September 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

So happy I found you! I get lazy and discouraged when I see recipes with list of ingredients a mile long. I’ve been meaning to find a way to incorporate more natural food and veggies into my diet but cooking isn’t my forte and honestly it’s not really my thing even though I have desperately tried to make it so. I like things quick, simple and easy so I’m very excited to try out your recipes! Thanks for doing the leg work for me!

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jules September 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

You’re so welcome Pauline!
Thanks for dropping by
Jx

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