I'm Ashley and welcome to Gather & Feast.
Here, you'll discover a wide variety of thoughtful recipes designed for the home that can also be elevated for gatherings big and small. Simple enough for every day, yet beautiful enough for a meal with friends or family, or that special occasion.
Whether you're a passionate foodie or new to cooking, you'll find simple, wholesome, and nutritious recipes, baked treats, and delicious desserts—all made with natural ingredients and fresh, in-season produce.
I’ve designed these recipes to be healthy leaning, flavour-packed, fresh, fun and vibrant, with dietary requirements and substitutes listed where possible.
A little more about me…
I’m an Aussie girl living in Melbourne with my husband Mike and our two beautiful kids.
As a self-taught cook, I have always had a deep love for cooking from an early age—learning new recipes, mastering a family favourite, and experimenting without structure and form.
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of creating an original recipe that is loved by others. My passion for food has always inspired me to try new things and push my cooking skills.
Gather & Feast was inspired by a thought of the multifaceted meaning of to gather and feast. The gathering together of beautiful food, and also the gathering together of friends and loved ones. To feast, to celebrate, to share, to enjoy.
For the past 8 years, I’ve been sharing my love for food here on G&F, with the hope of encouraging you to gather and feast with the ones you love in a beautiful, fun, and stress-free way, and enable you to enjoy food that is visually pleasing as well as delicious and nutritious.
I’m super passionate about curating recipes that are worth making and strike a balance between approachability, visual appeal, and delicious taste.
My hope is that these recipes make their way onto your kitchen table and that you love them as much as I do.
When I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me out and about with the kids, enjoying family walks to our local, sipping on a green smoothie, or out discovering a fav new gelato flavour.
Some fun facts...
My must-have entertaining tool:
The perfect serving boards and dishes. Rustic wooden boards and beautifully handcrafted dishes are an easy way to add colour and texture to a table. I have an obsession with homewares. My collection of bowls, plates and vintage cutlery is ever-growing!
The entertaining rule I rarely break:
Preparation is key. I like to prepare as much as I can in advance so I can spend quality time with my guests.
What (if anything) scares you about entertaining?
Definitely the weather. I just love entertaining outdoors, and the weather is the one thing you just can't control.
My signature entertaining dish:
One of my signature dishes is ironically one of the easiest to prepare! It is simply a large platter of fresh and dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate and any other fun food items I can find in the pantry, all piled high on a beautiful rustic board.
The taste I'm always craving:
Anything frozen! I love gelato, ice cream, frozen fruit, and even frozen peas! Growing up my mum would often give my brother, sister and I frozen peas to snack on. We thought they were little green ice cream dots. Ha! Even now, I still love eating them.
Always in my refrigerator:
Sparkling water, fresh berries, almond milk, greens, parmesan cheese and eggs.
The restaurant meal I'll never forget:
Central in Lima, Peru. The culture, the food, the whole dining experience, oh and the ceramics - I wanted to take them all home!
Current favourite colour palette for parties:
I love neutral linens, raw wood and a touch of green... using either foraged greens from my garden or visiting my favourite florist who has the most unusual and lush selection of foliage and flowers.
My entertaining style in 5 words or less:
Natural, fresh, relaxed, fun, deliberate.