The Days of Our Lives: Mish Lilley, Mish Delish

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In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.

This week we meet Mish Lilley, a ridiculously talented food stylist based in Melbourne and mother of three gorgeous girls – Ruby, Bo and Sunny. Growing up on a farm, she developed an early interest in food inspired by her mother’s love of cooking and her father’s “grow your own” philosophy. After several years in advertising, Mish began cooking professionally as a caterer and a cook. She now focuses on recipe development, propping and styling food in front of the lens.

This is a day in Mish’s life.

A Day in the Life of Mish Lilley


7.00 am

Rise and shine (on a good day)


7.00 till 9.00 am


Drag the kids out of bed, prepare their breakfast and put together utterly gourmet lunchboxes, ask the kids to put their school shoes on, empty the dishwasher, ask the kids to put their school shoes on, check my emails, make a smoothie with rice milk, almonds and banana, then ask the kids to put their shoes on again. It’s a typical Melbourne day, (freeeeeeezing outside, with a forecast top of 25C) so I layer up and hurry the kids to school and kindy.


9.00 am – 12.00 pm

More hurrying is usually required as I rush to location for a busy day on set (having always packed my car the night before). Today I am doing a mood board for a client, so I’m doing a little research online at home with a cuppa, a bowl full of almonds and James Blake’s sweet voice playing in the background.


12.00 – 1.00 pm

It’s now hot outside so I rip off a couple of layers and jump on my bicycle and head to a Pilates reformer session. I’m totally addicted to Pilates, it makes me feel strong and doesn’t require a huge amount of coordination.


1.00 – 1.30 pm

I’m starvin marvin! I have some homemade chickpea, fennel and leek soup on hand and I’m still hungry, so I make myself some toast with avocado and feta, and I’m still hungry. Rather than resorting to the chocolate bullets in the cupboard, I make myself a latte which finally satisfies me!


2.00 – 3.00pm

Time to get dinner sorted. I like to be organised and most things I make take a bit of time to prepare so at the very least I get the vegetables chopped. Tonight we’re having oxtail ragu with polenta.


3.00 – 5.00 pm

Pick up the kidlets. The older 2 have a piano lesson after school. Whilst they are doing that I put the finishing touches to their dinner. It looks so pretty in the Autumn light that I grab some props from my trusty prop shelf, pimp the ragu and photograph it for a future website post.


5.00 – 7.00 pm

Just more domestic stuff, but also planning a week in New York – researching hotels, restaurants etc.


7.00 – 10.00 pm

Ben (my hubby) walks in the door and a glass of red is poured, dinner is devoured then it’s prep for a shoot tomorrow, packing props, ingredients, checking lists, heavy lifting.


10.00 pm

Reading a good book but zzzzzz takeover zzzzz big day zzzzz


You can follow Mish on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter // Photography: Tara Pearce


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