Roasted Pumpkin, Sage and Spinach Quiche

Roasted pumpkin, sage and spinach quiche

The little guy does swim squads three afternoons a week but actually, it’s more like three evenings a week because we don’t arrive home until after 7pm. By then everyone else is walking through the door and announcing their state of hunger and looking with great hope around the kitchen. If we don’t want to […]

Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud, Bali

Bridges to cross the waterways

We have friends who love Bali and seem to fly there at least once a year for some respite from Sydney.  They told us that when we’re in Bali we absolutely must book a driver to take us to Ubud for the day. Wanting to make a full day of it, we booked at driver […]

Tarragon Honey Mustard

A grainy mustard

One of my favourite indulgences is a long hot shower.  I usually lean against the wall and let the water pelt onto my back while I clear my head and enjoy a few moments of solitude. Yesterday I was home-alone with just the little guy and I thought before hopping into the shower I would […]

Breeze, at The Samaya Seminyak, Bali


Prior to leaving for Bali, we had friends give a list of restaurants where we absolutely must dine while in Bali.  It turned out to be a case of too many restaurants and not enough time.  And towards the end of the five days we spent in Seminyak, we were worn out from racing around […]

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

I have a friend, Kat, who is very fit and extremely health conscious.  I know she’s fit because every morning when I check my Instagram account, there will be a photo posted by Kat of the morning’s sunrise.  Kat rises early and power walks along our coastline and I stay home in bed and judge […]

Sweet Sour Salt, Orange, NSW

Son In Law Eggs:  $16.00 for 2 eggs, halved

I’m going to tell you about a restaurant that’s a four-hour drive from Sydney, and how the people of Orange are extremely fortunate to have a local restaurant serving such incredibly good food. While we were driving from Sydney to Orange for our weekend mini-break, I googled restaurants for where we could have dinner.  I […]

Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts

Makes 12

Our lodger has left the premises.  And we will miss him.  Barnaby was with us for four weeks and we fell in love with him.  He was terrific company for Rosie and once they established their relationship they spent the evenings snuggled up to each other on the couch. I do think Rosie will find […]

Overseer’s Cottage, Mayfield Vineyard, Orange NSW

Overseer's Cottage

My friend, Peta, said to me this morning, ‘My father gave me a great piece of advice; never send an emotionally charged email; if you write it, don’t send it’.  Peta’s father is a very wise man. Hold that thought because we will come back to it. Just before the end of the recent school […]

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd with fresh passionfruit

The good news is, Arabella is on a high.  After two surgeries and having been hoisting herself around on her cripple sticks since February 22, Arabella will be walking hands-free in 10 days time.  She is having hydrotherapy and physiotherapy twice a week and her leg is becoming stronger and she can almost bend her […]

Peppers Seminyak, Bali

Presidential Villa

Whenever I’m booking a place to stay, I always love to go with a friend’s recommendation.  About a year ago a friend of mine, Melissa, went to Bali for a family vacation.  She swapped the depths of a Sydney winter for two weeks of tropical bliss in Seminyak. Melissa and her family chose to stay […]