Beef Bourguignon

A classic French dish

This week the little guy had his athletics carnival.  While the event is a whole lot more than just a lovely day outside of the classroom, and while Alfie is very enthusiastic about it, the events on offer are not his most suited.  The athletics carnival is for sprinters and my little guy is at […]

Tarragon Honey Mustard

A grainy mustard

One of my favourite indulgences is a long hot shower.  I usually lean against the wall and let the water pelt onto my back while I clear my head and enjoy a few moments of solitude. Yesterday I was home-alone with just the little guy and I thought before hopping into the shower I would […]

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

I have a friend, Kat, who is very fit and extremely health conscious.  I know she’s fit because every morning when I check my Instagram account, there will be a photo posted by Kat of the morning’s sunrise.  Kat rises early and power walks along our coastline and I stay home in bed and judge […]

A Hearty Ragu

Serve with pasta

It was all as you said it would be.  ‘They’ll be fine’, you said, ‘they will rise to the occasion’.  And I can tell you that is exactly what happened even though when it came to looking after the little guy and caring for the home, one rose a lot higher than the other. Of […]

One-Dish Chicken

With potatoes, it's a complete meal

In a few days I will be coming to you live from Bali, Indonesia.  Drew has a conference he has to attend and I’m tagging along for the tropical weather, the massages and the awesome food.  And with so much to look forward to I shouldn’t be so anxious and nervous and stressed. But I’m […]

Medlar Jelly

Wonderful with roast meats

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 […]

Papaya and Chicken Curry

Papaya and Chicken Curry

Papaya are available throughout the year however there is a peak supple in Spring and Autumn.  So it’s definitely papaya season and I’ve been thinking of ways to enjoy this fruit other than chopped up on top of a bowl of muesli. And there’s nothing wrong with papaya on muesli because the fruit has a […]

Red Wine Lamb Shanks with Parsley Mash

Slow cooked until meltingly soft

As many of you are aware, here in Sydney we have just been visited by a Category 2 cyclone.  What was predicted was ‘a few days of wind and rain’ but what arrived was far more severe and certainly unexpected. On Saturday night we went out for dinner and it was so mild and balmy […]

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 […]