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 […]

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 […]