Tillie & Coco

two ladies, two bicycles, two hemispheres

Category: Food

Friday fish

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie and friends,

Friday turned on the most beautiful weather. By 9am I had a couple of loads of washing already on the line and feeling as though I’d taken advantage domestically I simply had to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Willa and I took a leisurely ride to the fish markets to get something for dinner. We took the long route there, avoiding the roads and taking in the foreshore along Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Point.



The fish markets has the ┬ámost ill-conceived bike racks outside the car park entrance, miles from the actual markets and away from watchful eyes, so no one uses them. Most riders simply lock their bikes to the fence near the water’s edge. With the addition of Willa’s baby seat it was rather more difficult to secure my bike and I provided quite the entertainment juggling a bike, baby, two helmets and a lock.


On the ride home I stopped in at the community garden and picked some salad greens to go with the fish for dinner. Delicious!

Love Co xx


Spencer Hill

by Tillie

Dear Coco,

Your quote about hills inspired me to post this little photo essay of a local hill, which is the main obstacle between our flat and a rather nice grocer in Wimbledon village. This morning we tackled Spencer Hill to get breakfast provisions. The hill doesn’t look terrible, but it gets very steep in one section before levelling out into a manageable climb. Alas, I always have to walk that section.

The sun came out after two days of rain, so it felt right to cycle to the shop. Our building is getting a makeover at the moment.

View from the bottom of the hill.

[No photos of actually tackling the hill, because it is always very un-dashing *struggle struggle, splutter splutter*]

The reward for climbing Spencer Hill is this rather nice telephone exchange, with bonus K6 telephone kiosks (I know they're K6s because I just read a pamplet about them!*)

*Recommended reading for street furniture nerds

Apples and vegetables. I waited outside the shop with the bikes because there was nowhere close by to park. Well, not close enough anyway.

Breakfast provisions. We wouldn't usually take an evil plastic bag of course ... oops.

The point of this story is that hills are no friends of cyclists (except for really hardcore ones), but they still shouldn’t be obstacles to breakfast.

To market, to market!

by tillieandcoco

Dear Tillie,

Your Tweed Run adventure looked absolutely delightful! I hope one day I will make it over to London to join you! My weekend was not so eventful but I did manage to ride over to Eveleigh Farmers Markets on Saturday morning with my husband. These would have to be my favourite markets. The produce is of the highest quality, lots of variety, easy access to organic and gluten free food, and the setting is just so gosh darn gorgeous! The markets take place in the old heritage listed Blacksmith’s Workshop alongside Carriageworks in Redfern. It just seems so appropriate to be perusing heirloom tomato varieties in such an old weathered space. There is also a gallery on site so I can combine my favourite pleasures of food, cycling and art all in one place.

As you can see traveling by bike is a popular way to get to the markets!


Once I got home I had to take a couple of photos of my fully laden basket!

Nothing quite compares to the blissful feeling of riding home after eating a gorgeous breakfast at the markets, dappled shade rippling over your basket filled with flowers and fresh produce- sigh!

Well, maybe eating the heirloom tomatoes…!

Love Coco xx

Greenhouse by Joost

by tillieandcoco

Dear Tillie,

I have enjoyed the most wonderful day. It started off with a little bit of a sleep in, then a nice lazy breakfast bruschetta, followed by a ride along the waterfront to Greenhouse by Joost.

Greenhouse by Joost is a waste free pop-up restaurant. The building itself is made using the Productive Building system developed by Joost Bakker. Think reused shipping containers, chemical free, transportable and recyclable. All produce is delivered in returnable and reuseable containers. Wheat is milled on site (see photo below) for bread and pasta, and milk is churned for butter and cheese. Everything is organic and compostable (including the cutlery!) and the compost used on the rooftop herb garden.

I could go on and on but to put it succinctly it rocks and offered me a chance for guilt free indulgence. Check out their website here, but you’ll have to be quick as they’re only around til the end of March (though rumour has it they’ll be back later in the year with a permanent restaurant). It seemed only fitting I arrived by the greenest form of transport I know- my trusty bike Camilla.

I was rather bemused by this gate on the bike lane at Barangaroo
Approaching Greenhouse by Joost
Wall of strawberries!
My table
Looking to the right…
…and to the left
Wheat milling in action!
Morning tea
Pistachio and cherry macaroon. Divine.
Flat white
Rooftop parsley
Rooftop view of the Opera House
Rooftop view of my lonely bike Camilla
Shipping container art
Riding back under the Harbour Bridge
Graffitied car art in Walsh Bay
After my wonderful morning tea I rode back over to Darling Harbour and attended a talk by Tony Brown at the Australian National Maritime Museum regarding the new exhibition Tayenebe of Tasmanian Aboriginal women’s fibre work with my gorgeous sister. Then I rode home again. Bliss.
Love Coco xx