Toolamba Bloom Walnut Farm: Photo by TRUphotography

Thursday, 2 June 2011

All You Need Is A Little Inspiration

Hi folks!

If you have stayed with me this far, you would probably be wondering what has been happening with HUGO?  Aside from waiting for the walnut press to arrive (where art thou my lovely walnut press?), my husband and I have been busy coming up with a design for the walnut oil label and logo.  We are meeting our designer this weekend to begin the design process.  I haven't been this excited since I bought those crazy cowhide chairs.  I will keep you updated on the design process.

If you have any ideas for the design of the walnut oil label or logo and would like to share your ideas, write to me.  I would love to hear from you.

This design process has got me thinking, "what inspires people?" I think if you had asked me this question a number of months ago, my answer would have been putting together a great outfit, learning a language, cooking a great meal, being surrounded by beautiful things....but now as I am going through this journey with creating HUGO, I have come to realise that what inspires me is the process of creation; the artistic and intellectual pursuit of creation.  What I mean by this is that I am inspired by the process of creating something new and sharing it with people.

As cliche as it sounds, what HUGO has taught me is that when you are doing something you love, it does not feel like work.  That's why I can be writing my blog at 1am in the morning and I won't even feel tired.  However, keeping up the momentum can be hard but what inspires me to continue is people like Sheryl Thai of Cupcake Central; the lovely ladies of Gingerbread Corner, Sarah Hunt of Hidden Documentary and many other young entrepreneurs who are doing amazing things.  Their talent, drive and creativity keeps me inspired.

Please let me know what inspires you?

It has been freezing in Melbourne lately so I whipped this up on Monday for pre-dinner nibbles:

Toasted bread with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, drizzled with walnut oil and balsamic vinegar- delicious.

You can also dip bread into the lovely walnut oil and balsamic vinegar mix: a healthy and tasty snack.

It's time for Walnut oil fact of the day:

Before the rise of olive oil, walnut oil was widely used in Italy (many generations ago).  People would gather to pick the walnuts and press the nuts to extract the golden oil as a community.

Thanks for spending some time with me and until we meet again, get the good oil.


Your humble Walnut Oil Queen.