Gingerbread Loaf

When I was in high school I had a friend Mattie who never showed any signs of wanting to cook.  Since leaving school we haven’t seen a lot of each other as he moved away from Sydney however, we do keep in touch through facebook. A few weeks ago he posted a photo of a […]

Quick and Easy Rocky Road

This post is sponsored by Nestle Healthy Active Kids. Recently I found out that almost half of Australian children are not learning any cooking skills.  I thought about my own childhood and realised I had learnt to cook from a young age.  I was given a children’s cookbook at the age of seven and I […]

Triple Layer Pavlova

What to do when you have a freezer full of little zip-lock bags containing egg whites.  I don’t know why it is I have so many egg whites but I do. A few days ago we were invited to a friend’s house for some American hamburgers, (he’s from New York and he cooks a great […]

Medlar Jelly

Medlars!  I’d never heard of them. A good friend of mine lives on a property outside of Goulburn with a lot of medlar trees.  And the trees were laden with autumn fruit.  She posted a picture of the subsequent abundant harvest on facebook and how she was going to turn them into medlar jelly which […]

Iceberg Lettuce Salad and…Turkey Time

But it’s not really turkey time is it. Since Christmas I have had a 7.5kg (13 stone), free-range turkey in my freezer and while delighting in how I was able to purchase it at cost price, it’s actually started to annoy me because it was taking up 85% of my freezer space.  I was intending […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breasts in Herb Butter

In December I hosted a dinner party where I cooked turkey breasts that had been brined, then had a herb butter rubbed under the skin, then wrapped in prosciutto to be roasted, then drizzled with a little maple syrup while being allowed to rest. I’ve decided this is the best way to cook turkey.  It […]

Dark-Chocolate and Sour-Cherry Panforte

One of the other Christmasy treats I made this season was this Sienese panforte.  I made this to serve after the Balmoral Carols when we were all back at our house and looking for something sweet to enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of red. I do love panforte as it’s not […]

Sour-Cherry and Roasted-Almond White Christmas

On the last Saturday night before Christmas, we met up with a group of friends for the Balmoral Carols By Candlelight.   The plan was to arrive early, stake out some territory then have a picnic dinner before the carols began.  Everyone brought something savoury and then after the carols, they all came back to […]

Snowman Cake

Alfie is so skinny.  When he is in his swimsuit Arabella always says to him, ‘Can you cover up your skeleton?’ But he’s been this way since he was born.  In the hospital there were two babies that were over 10lbs, Alfie and a baby girl.   Apart from their weight they had little else […]

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Today was my right leg’s turn to be operated on. And yes, I am talking it up.  Not exactly an operation as such, just continuing on with the sclerotherapy and ligations I had last week on my left leg. After an ultrasound where my leg was marked-up I went into the operating room.  The surgeon […]