Hand of Fatima Pie

Hand of Fatima Pie

A few weeks ago I was invited to a housewarming party by Duck-Pancake-Matt who has moved into an apartment.  The party wasn’t in the apartment because there is a roof-top terrace and so up on the roof with a view of the ocean and the full moon rising is where the party was held. Duck-Pancake-Matt […]

Parmesan Crusted Lamb with Warm Fennel and Red Pepper Salad

Parmesan Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Warm Salad and Potato Mash

It’s Day 8 and we’re still in Sydney.  We’ve called in to visit Tania from My Kitchen Stories.  Tania is a professional chef who gave up working those long hours when she became a mother.  She still works in the food industry working more regular hours as a food product manager but also does catering […]

The Hymn Book


A few weeks ago I was trying to help Alfie with his homework while also cooking dinner and bringing in the washing and feeding the dogs and keeping an eye on the news and sorting out the RSVPs for Archie’s 21st while playing solo parent because Carl had a late meeting.  And the phone rang. […]

Slow-Cooked Lamb with Tahini Sauce and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

I have a good friend in blogging, Tania, who has a blog, My Kitchen Stories.  She’s a professional chef with plenty of years of experience (although that doesn’t mean she’s still not in her youth), and not only does her blog have the most wonderful user-friendly recipes, she usually has a great story to tell […]

Maple Syrup Lamb and…Band Practise

Slow-Roasted for nearly six hours

Yes, this post has Archie written all over it. I had a really busy day scheduled today so wanted to organise dinner ahead of time.  I didn’t want to break the tradition of a Sunday night family dinner (and I always schedule an early dinner so the family night of significance is over in time […]

Moroccan Lamb Harira Soup and ‘You Need to Rest’

Moroccan soup with a side dish of quinoa

When I was pregnant with Alfie, some well intentioned individuals (and I won’t say who because my in-laws aren’t really that bad) made a magnanimous gesture and suggested that they look after Archie and Arabella for a week during the school holidays as a way of helping me out. ‘You’re pregnant honey-one.  You need to […]

Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb and…The Pictures

Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb

When I was growing up we didn’t go to the movies very often.  Going to ‘the pictures’ was a real treat.  You dressed up for this very special occasion and arrived at the theatre in plenty of time to purchase your tickets that were for allocated seating only.  A very polite usher in a smart […]

Lamb Shanks with Gremolata and…Sprung!

Lamb Shank with Potato and Carrot Mash

I’m an early riser but that doesn’t mean I’m showered, dressed and looking glamorous by 9am.  No, sometimes I like to take my time and just progress with a few projects before attending to my personal appearance.  But I’m thinking I’m going to have to change tactics because too often I’m being sprung. A few […]

Massaman Lamb Curry and…Unaccompanied Minors

Massaman Lamb Curry with Sweet Potato

It was the August school holidays and I was 12 years old.  My mother told Em and I that in a few days the two of us were going on a plane to Christchurch to stay on our cousins sheep farm for the holidays.  I didn’t hear anything after the word ‘plane’.  It was all […]

Lamb With Leeks and Carrots and…Fawlty Towers

Lamb with Leeks and Carrots

It’s incredible that a TV show that first aired in the UK in 1975 with a run of only 12 episodes is still almost as popular and well-known today as it was 35 years ago.  So you would think that when a resort promotes itself as, ‘a small exclusive luxury resort’, it would recognise what […]