So Long, Farewell!


Thank you for your support over the year long journey that was I’m no Jamie Oliver, your encouragement has been overwhelming and I’m proud to say I exceeded my own expectations in completing my culinary challenge and have much to thank Jamie and you for, but I’m ready to step out into my own shoes.

This website will remain active as a resource to Jamie’s iPhone apps, but I’ll no longer be blogging from it.


Matt Allison

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9 Comments to

“So Long, Farewell!”

  1. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 7:18 PM Zmira Cohen Says:

    Wonderful ideas. I plant various herbs ,sometimes tomatoes in my small garden. I have an avocado tree that bears ,that I planted from a avo pip about 20 years ago.
    How do I get rid of the insects/snails that eat the tomatoes ? People say beer neutralizes snails . I have never tried that remedy. Does one get peat and river sand at any nursery?
    You are probably much too busy to answer. Is there anyone I could phone , with my questions?
    Good luck in your ventures . You sound so energetic and full of ideas. It must go well!

  2. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 7:37 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Hi Zmira,

    Thanks for the kind words and support.

    RE the insects a great organic way of dealing with them is a chilli and garlic mix. Take 2 crushed cloves of garlic, a red chilli, 1 tbsp of cooking oil, 1 tsp of dish washing liquid and mix them to 1 liter of water and spray onto the veggies and fruit, it’s a great deterrent as garlic is a natural anti-fungal and the chilli burns the bellies of soft bodied insects.

    Beer traps work well for snails, details and how-to’s can be found here:

    RE peat and river sand, yes, both are available from most garden nurseries, my choice is palm peat as it’s a ‘greener’ alternative to bog peat.


  3. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 11:07 PM Gareth Says:

    exciting stuff! change is good. :)

  4. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 11:56 PM Matt Allison Says:

    As good as a holiday my friend :) Seriously though, curate this space is a much wider audience and allows me to share more of a creative side outside of the kitchen, it just feels right.

  5. Avatar February 9th, 2012 at 8:35 AM Sam Says:

    Congrats on all your wonderful urban agriculture achievements and good luck with all your new ventures and blog.

  6. Avatar February 9th, 2012 at 8:49 AM Colleen Says:

    Matt, how exciting all this is. Congratulations for coming this far already in a short space of time…but then I knew you would. Your passion, zeal and energy inspires me. Thank YOU for all that YOU have come to mean to me and I wish you every joy and happiness and great success in your endeavors. Proud to know and be associated with you. Well done! xx

  7. Avatar April 21st, 2012 at 11:18 AM Lisa Says:

    From one Jamie Oliver blogger to another, congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  8. Avatar May 2nd, 2012 at 9:41 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    It was a fun time, having completed all of them in 70 odd days was quite something and I still cook several of them from time to time.



  9. Avatar June 17th, 2013 at 8:53 AM Grant Says:

    Hi Matt
    I love what you’re doing. I want to do it too.
    I live in the heart of Sandton and want to grow veggies and keep 3 hens. I have checked the bylaws and they say we can keep up to 10 chickens without a permit. I have high walls and plan to keep my chickens in the far corner of the yard.
    I am thinking of uprooting some of the garden to turn into a veggie area. I am worried about neighbours complaining about 3 hens. Do you have any advise?
    The neighbours houses are situated at least20 meters away each.
    Please give me some advice?
    I have watched every urban farmer and backyard chicken video I could find on YouTube.

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Hello, my name is Matt Allison.

Husband, Father, urban farmer, eco advocate, closet designer, photographer, designated household cook and blogger at

In 2010 I committed to cooking my way through Jamie Oliver’s ’20 minute meals’ for the iPhone, completing all 60 recipes in under 90 days, documenting them as I went.

The challenge has long been completed and the blog remains active purely as a resource to Jamie’s iPhone apps.