Former food critic Matthew Evans has chucked in his city life for small farm living in Tasmania, where he’ll have to learn from scratch how to grow and rear his own food.
20 Dec 2014 - 5:57 PM  UPDATED 9 Feb 2015 - 5:49 PM

The transformation from big-city living begins as Matthew, a novice yet determined farmer, settles into his rural haven. After unpacking and moving into his farm at Cygnet, Matthew’s keen to start his new life on the land. First he gets a dog, then digs up and salvages vegetables from his garden, and tries unsuccessfully to make a fence for the animals he’d like to rear. He knows nothing about farming, but he’s determined to learn, so he seeks expert advice. His visit to local Swiss goat cheese producers inspires him to make goats’ milk ice-cream for the upcoming Taste of Tasmania. It’s a sell-out success and he’s encouraged to start his own line of artisan foods.



A dish of found vegetables

Goats' milk ice-cream

Cherries with red wine and honey

Tomato, Tongola goats' cheese and basil pasta