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Embracing beautiful lines and imperfections

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery back together with gold - built on the philosophy that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create a stronger and even more beautiful piece of art...

I am a big advocate for zero-waste cooking, food upcycling and being economical with whatever can be foraged from the fridge, freezer, pantry and garden for a quick and easy mid-week meal. In fact, I delight in the challenge of composing a feast from seemingly slim pickings.

However, when I went to the effort of baking a lemon and lillypilly bundtcake for a dear friend's birthday (using lillypillies freshly foraged from my treasured garden hedge, of course), I was a little devastated when the cake split apart coming out of the cake tin and did temporarily consider giving the whole thing away and starting again. However, my mind turned to the art of kintsugi and I was inspired to make something out of what, in reality, was still a cake and able to serve its purpose of facilitating gathering, celebrating and tasting damn good too!

Salvaged with a glue of lemon myrtle "buttercream" frosting and freshly foraged flowers and herbs, I think she came out even more beautiful...

For more (almost) #cookingfail salvages and tips on #cookingwitheconomyandgrace, follow @mazzmade on Instagram.

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