Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad

Remember when my extended family celebrated Mother’s Day with a lunch and there was a wonderful salad of eye fillet of beef on the table and I promised to share with you the recipe? Well…here it is! And yes, the photos have been taken with a flash and that’s because I’m limping around very slowly […]

Pressed Brick Sandwich and…The Disappearing Ham

Best sandwich ever

Around a decade ago and before my youngest child was born, I used to host Christmas Dinner for everyone in Carl’s family.  And I didn’t mind.  It was something I loved to do and not least because it spared me from going to his parents’ house and (I say in the nicest possible way), suffering […]

Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mushrooms and Red Wine

Slow-cooked beef cheeks

Since starting my blog I’ve become addicted to visiting blogs every morning.  I like this for the sense of community I feel from being invited into a part of your lives but also because I love the sneak peek into your kitchens and seeing what you’re putting on your table.  I find this inspiring and […]

Dairy-Free Creamy Pasta and…Leftovers

Pasta with leg ham and mushrooms

The day after the launch of Lorraine’s book was Carl’s birthday.  To celebrate, I organised a family dinner at a restaurant we have been to quite a few times and I have previously let you all know about.  We like it because it’s casual, great for children, is BYO and inexpensive.  Later that day, Arabella […]

Massaman Thai Curry and…Boarding School Beginnings

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A few posts ago I was telling you how Archie wasn’t accepted into the school we had chosen for him because they said he had severe learning difficulties and so we found another school for that would take him, but only as a boarder. Archie was quite keen to board and we thought it would […]

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 […]

Chargrilled Eye Fillet with Massaman Curry Sauce

Steamed greens are a good accompaniment

In a previous post I mentioned to you that while we were on a family holiday in Noosa, Maureen and Claire, two amazing bloggers who have become my friends, came over to our apartment for dinner, (except that Claire could only stay for a drink as she was double-booked). You would think that seeing there […]

It’s Halloween and a Beef Dhansak Curry

A good family curry with no heat!

It’s Halloween and this celebration is not something I grew up with.  It was something we heard that they did in the US and from what we gleaned from the Chinese Whispers, children dressed up as witches or vampires and were rewarded for this by being given lollies from every house in the neighbourhood.  We […]

The Pedestrian and Slow Roasted Beef

Slow-cooked bolar blade roast served with roast potatoes and steamed asparagus

Back in the days when I used to work with Carl in a studio, I could walk to work but that would take me nearly an hour and most of the walk was up a fairly steep hill so I almost always drove to work.  I had to drive along a main road that was […]

Quick and Easy Sausage Rolls and…Mumford and Sons

Quick and Easy Sausage Rolls

You’ll be pleased to know the Wedding Singer returned with my car yesterday and was on Cloud Nine because his band’s performance had gone so well.  The bride was so pleased she wrapped herself around my Archie and gave him a big embrace to thank him.  Archie, having never before sung at a wedding, (in […]