Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Milk-Curdling Dream; {ldquo}Food Is What I Dream About,{rdquo} Cheesemaker Lyndall Dykes Says. {ldquo}It Is Such a Broad Field with So Many Tangents.{Rdquo}

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Milk-Curdling Dream; {ldquo}Food Is What I Dream About,{rdquo} Cheesemaker Lyndall Dykes Says. {ldquo}It Is Such a Broad Field with So Many Tangents.{Rdquo}

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Byline: Jenz Davidson

FOOD is life to cheesemaker Lyndall Dykes.

"Food is what I dream about," she said. "It is such a broad field with so many tangents, that you can never ever stop learning about it."

But like many people, her 'hobby' often had to take second place to work and family commitments through the years.

Then, about four years ago, Lyndall attended a cheese-making workshop and began to focus more on building up that aspect and began to also teach the art of cheese-making at workshops.

"I'd mucked about with cultures for about 30 years - I used to make tempe from soy beans. But when I found these easy-to-use cultures and enzymes, I really started to develop my cheese making, because they make it so much easier.

"It seemed a natural progression to focus on developing my interest, because really, I could eat cheese 'til the cows come home."

Lyndall has always taken an interest in food and cooking, but it became a passion as a teenager living in Sydney when she undertook a year-long course in macrobiotics. The move to Coffs Harbour followed soon after, where Lyndall not only set up a health food shop called the Nut House with two blokes, but also taught vegetarian cooking at night school.

"Then I had a complete change of direction, working in radio and TV sales and marketing for many years. Of course, I continued cooking and learning about food throughout."

When she and husband Wayne decided to take on the Bucca Palms Nursery seven years ago, it gave Lyndall more free time and she quickly began using that to further her cheese-making skills. Now, having recently sold the nursery, Lyndall is 'getting down to business', turning her hobby into a career. Already, she has secured a monthly weekend workshop at a cooking school in Wauchope and is busy putting in place other events and venues to hold more. …

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