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 […]

Individual Chocolate Pavlovas and…The Chocolate Game

Individual Chocolate Pavlovas

When I posted a fig and prosciutto salad a few days ago, there was a reference to all the cousins at the party sitting down to play ‘the chocolate game’. I had many comments from people asking, ‘What is the chocolate game?’  It seems only Claire and I grew up playing this fantastic game and […]

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 […]

Praline Meringue Torte

Served with some fresh figs

I’ve had my first date. With Tiablo, the Brazilian. I was running a couple of minutes late and he even sent me a text message making sure he wasn’t being stood-up. After the initial greeting we spent an hour in the downstairs part of the gym with all the bulky-blokes with rugby league sized thighs. […]

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 […]

A Christening Cake

Topped with a teddy bear

A few days after Christmas we had the Christening of Em’s little boy, Freddie.  The Christening had been delayed to allow for it to be in Sydney and so sadly, he had outgrown the Christening gown that has been in our family for five generations.  But he did look very smart in a white shirt […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breasts in Herb Butter

Drizzled with pan juices and ready to serve

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

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 […]