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 […]

The Dunes, Mount Coolum

I’ve just returned from a Christmas holiday where a few days before Christmas we drove north to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a journey that took 13 hours, to a holiday house in Mount Coolum. The idea was to spend Christmas with Drew’s family; something we hadn’t done for at least a decade.  The idea of travelling […]

A Christmas Eve Dinner, 2015

For the first time ever, this year we left Sydney and celebrated Christmas away from home. We booked a pet-friendly holiday house (because Rosie doesn’t like to be left behind), on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast so we could celebrate with Drew’s parents, brother, sister-in-law and their three small children, who moved here about a decade ago. […]

Santa Photo, 2015

The planning of the annual Santa photo is very involved.  Choosing the date and the time causes a lot of fights with everyone yelling the details of their tight and restricted schedules and for further emphasis, sending me text messages in CAPS with how challenging and unreasonable my request for a trip to Santa actually […]