Snowman Cake

A 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

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 […]

Festive Fruit and Nut Cake and…Morning Drama

Festive fruit and nut cake

Do you all have morning drama?  We have it in spades. This morning Arabella had a very important interview.  She had to be in the city and ready for her appointment by 9.30am.  That shouldn’t be a challenge.  But when she woke, first she had to go out for a takeaway coffee and then she […]

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

All it takes is three ingredients! I haven’t made coconut ice for years and while prevalent in the 70’s at just about every church fete, school fair and fundraiser, it seemed to then just disappear off the scene.  But recently I’ve seen coconut ice pop up in a few different places so I’m thinking all […]

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 […]

Stuffed Spatchcocks Roasted in Verjuice

Heading for the table

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely few days down at the farm in Mittagong.  And we nearly didn’t get there.  That’s because on the day we were due to drive to the Southern Highlands, Carl had to go to the office for the morning while I stayed at home to do the packing.  While he was […]

Radicchio, Watercress and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Radicchio and watercress salad with pomegranate molasses dressing

When I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner where glazed ham and crispy potatoes roasted in duck fat were two compulsory menu items, I needed something to bring a little colour.  And I knew pomegranate seeds could do just that.   I’ve always loved the taste of pomegranates but I’m even more impressed with the […]

Frozen White-Chocolate Christmas Bombe

Ready to serve

Thanks for all your comments about how you spent Christmas.  I loved reading how you celebrated. As promised, here is my mother’s white chocolate bombe recipe.  I’m not sure how long she’s been making this but I’m sure it’s been on our table every Christmas for at least 25 years.  Back then my mother was […]

A Gingerbread House

No implosions this year!

For those of you who were following my blog last Christmas you might recall I made a gingerbread house that imploded.  I had just come home from being away on an eight-day business trip and it was now but a few days away from Christmas Day and I was trying to fit four weeks of […]

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

I would love to be bringing you my mother’s cranberry sauce recipe but unfortunately and despite my very best efforts, I’m unable to.  You see, it has to be made with either fresh or frozen cranberries and while that might seem simple enough, it actually isn’t – not in this part of the world, anyway. […]