A Springtime Wedding

Dancing up the aisle

A very good friend of ours married a few weeks ago.  We were thrilled to be invited to share in his very special day. While I’ve known the groom, Shinji, since I was 16, I’d only met his fiance once and that was at his daughter’s wedding where, because of the volume of people, we didn’t […]

Pink Champagne Cake

Pink Champagne Cake

Today is the last day in our 10-part series of recognising and sharing some of the recipes that have inspired, intrigued and challenged me from blogs I love.  I thought it would be good to finish the series with a bit of a celebration and there’s no better way than with a sparkle. I promised […]

How to Make Your Own Bacon

You can make your own bacon!

It’s Day 9 of our 10-Day Tour and we’re still in Sydney.  A few suburbs away from Tania (where we were yesterday) is Lorraine, Australia’s Uber-Blogger from Not Quite Nigella. When I first started blogging I was a little bit lonely because I didn’t yet have any cyber-friends and the only person commenting on (and reading) my […]

Parmesan Crusted Lamb with Warm Fennel and Red Pepper Salad

Parmesan Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Warm Salad and Potato Mash

It’s Day 8 and we’re still in Sydney.  We’ve called in to visit Tania from My Kitchen Stories.  Tania is a professional chef who gave up working those long hours when she became a mother.  She still works in the food industry working more regular hours as a food product manager but also does catering […]

Cracker Mania

Crackers!

Day 7 in our 10-part series and we’ve landed back in Australia and we’re in Sydney. I mentioned in Part 1 of the series that I would be sharing recipes that intimidated me.  This is one of them.  I’ve seen crackers on other blogs and although I’ve been inspired to take up the challenge, I’ve […]

Crispy Baked Chicken with Tonkatsu Sauce

Crispy Baked Chicken with Tonkatsu Sauce

After a couple of days of not being exactly sure of where we were, I definitely know where we are now.  We’re on the West Coast of the USA and in the beautiful city of San Francisco.  (I don’t mean to spoil the illusion but this is a virtual tour – it’s just I’ve had […]

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

Excellent for entertaining

So far in this series we’ve made a vegetarian tart, baked some melt-in-the-mouth cookies, braised some ribs cooked in rum and coke and pickled some watermelon rind. Today we’re half-way through this series and by way of celebration we’re indulging in a dark, double chocolate, chocolate cake that also happens to be gluten-free. The recipe […]

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rind

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rinds

After visiting Maureen, Liz and Rebecca, we’ve had to leave the East Coast of Australia and head to the USA.  We’ve landed but I just don’t know where. We’re visiting John from Kitchen Riffs and I know he used to work and live in Manhattan and I know he’s now semi-retired and has left New […]

Bundy and Coke Braised Beef Ribs

Comfort food

We’ve been in Queensland visiting Maureen on the Sunshine Coast and Liz on the Gold Coast but now we’re down in the Australian Capital Territory where we have our capital city, Canberra.  For many reasons a lot of people in Sydney like to think Sydney is the capital, especially as some of our Prime Ministers […]

Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream

Melting Moments

Moving down from the Sunshine Coast where we tried Maureen’s Asparagus and Potato Tart, is the second stop on our 10-part journey.  It’s the Gold Coast which is about a three-hour drive south of the Sunshine Coast and where we find Liz, from  Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.  Liz is a fairly new blogger and one of […]