Montrose Berry Farm

When I was growing up in New Zealand every time it was berry season my parents would drive us a short distance to where the berry farms were located.  We’d look for signs saying, ‘Pick Your Own’ and we’d turn into those driveways and spend a few hours filling buckets with raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and […]

In My Kitchen, February 2016

The summer holidays have come to an end, kids are back at school and in a couple of weeks, uni studies will commence for another year.  So life, although still busy, is settling into a bit more of a scheduled routine. In my kitchen I have new salad servers.  I saw them in a homewares […]

Australia Day

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26 and bonus, it’s a public holiday.  Normally we spend the day with family or friends or even both, enjoying a traditional Australian lunch of lamb and snags cooked on the barbie with pavlova for dessert. But this Australia Day was different because Alfie was asked to sing in […]

Cheat’s Bombe Alaska

Ever since we enjoyed Bombe Alaska on New Year’s Eve, it’s been on my mind how much I’d like to make one.  This is a theatrical dessert that was big in the 70’s when a dinner party wasn’t a dinner party unless you were setting your guests’ food on fire. But the dessert originated a […]

Echoes, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

A few weeks ago it was our wedding anniversary and the plan was to go away for a couple of nights.  However, with having to squeeze the celebration in between a number of other events, we had to scale back our intentions and instead head away for a 24-hour escape. That meant we also didn’t […]

A New Year’s Eve Dinner

Our New Year’s Eve wasn’t full of party revellers, huge crowds and explosive fireworks.  It was celebrated in a very civilised yet casual way of a sit-down dinner party for 10, held at a recently renovated tiny cottage on the mid-NSW coast. We were in Stuart’s Point for New Year’s Eve and staying in the […]

Stuart’s Point, NSW

I absolutely enjoy five-star luxury holidays and escapes however, equally, there is something very special about a no-frills holiday in a place so trapped in a time warp it is reminiscent of summer holidays from long, long ago. A generation ago a lot of people grew up with the annual three-week family holiday commencing on […]

A Christmas Day Lunch

Very sadly, the year didn’t end so well for a couple of well-loved families.  On Christmas Eve a long-standing friend Drew and I had known since our teenage years was tragically killed in an accident leaving behind a wife and three beautiful daughters.  Two days after Christmas, Em’s father-in-law passed away after a short bout […]

In My Kitchen, January 2016

It’s Noah’s flood here in Sydney at the moment.  It honestly hasn’t stopped raining for days and I’ve been living in my knee-high gumboots.  Not only that, it’s cold; today I’m seriously back in winter clothes.  I have a very good friend who booked a family holiday for one week in an apartment on the […]

The Year That Was

Happy New Year! Thank you for supporting my blog through 2015.  I appreciate you all and really love when you take the time to visit and comment.  Working from home and writing away in solitude can be a lonely affair so knowing you’re there is not only encouraging but allows me to feel I’m writing […]