Fig, Prosciutto and Bocconcini Salad

Summer salad

My sister, Lou, is now living in Oz after 10 years in Beijing.  Two of her children have birthdays within a couple of days of each other.  For the past decade I have only seen my niece and nephew’s combined birthday parties through a screen but now, everything’s changed. We were invited to a barbecue […]

Stuffed Pork Loin

Having a rest

It’s been a big week for the little guy who has so many interests and activities that result in a very tightly-packed schedule.  One of the things he was most looking forward to this week was his appointment with the orthodontist.  Because for the last 12 months Alfie has had to wear a contraption on […]

Vegan Crackers and…Mr Easy-On-The-Eye

Crispy and crunchy

That Alfie is involved in so many pursuits I’m being kept on my toes.  I need to stay fit, strong and energised.  Yesterday I dusted off my gym gear and paid a visit to my ‘charity’.  Having dropped Alfie off to early morning band practise (just another thing), I arrived at the time where the […]

Sour-Cherry and Roasted-Almond White Christmas

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 […]

Homemade Vegan Bread

Bread with cheese and relish

Recently I have been up at Scoop buying everything I need to make my Christmas cakes.  And when I say I’ve ‘been up at Scoop’ I mean I’ve made 10 Christmas Cakes and two festive Christmas cakes. Because of my many and frequent visits, I’ve noticed that they’re selling jars filled with a mix of […]

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 […]

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 […]