The Upgrade

Being out on the verandah is now a pleasant experience

A few weeks ago I posted some images of the cane furniture that sits on our verandah.  I was very careful not to allow too many extreme closeups as I would have been mortified if you had all seen just how stained and sad this furniture was looking. We bought the two three-seater sofas and […]

Wollemi Glow Worm Tunnel

The beginning

Carl doesn’t like to rise early on a Sunday morning so he wasn’t very pleased when I told him we had to be up at six to take a three-hour drive to go and see some glowworms. ‘What for?’ he asked. ‘Scouts.  It’s a scout activity we were supposed to do a year ago but […]

Balmoral Beach Club Centenary

Beautiful shades of blue

In 1914 a group of young Mosman men who called themselves ‘The Smugglers’, met at the site of the old Euroka Camp to swim in the harbour.  They decided to form a social and swimming club and held a meeting in the Mosman Town Hall and on the 12th of February 1914, the Balmoral Beach […]

A Blogging Lunch

The view from the outdoor entertaining area

A few weeks ago my blogging friend, Seana from Sydney Kids, Food and Travel, invited me to lunch at her home.  I think it had been almost a year since we’d seen each other so a catch-up was long overdue.  Carolyn from Desire Empire was also invited and Robyn, a blogger I hadn’t met, from […]

A Family Lunch

On the barbecue

There hasn’t been a lot of recipes on my blog lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve been exiled from the kitchen.  No, I’m still in the Hotly Spiced kitchen but bouncing from one event to the next. Recently my sister, Em, has been in Australia with her son who was born a few weeks before […]

The Beaches Market, Warriewood

My purchases

Over the past few months I’ve had a number of friends mention to me how good The Beaches Market is at Warriewood.  I thought it was time I discovered it for myself. The market is open every Friday from 8am until 1pm and is held in the grounds of Pittwater Rugby Park, sometimes known as […]

The Christmas Production

As the story builds, the stable fills

For 11 years I wrote and directed a Christmas Production that was performed by children and had a cast of over 100 in acting roles, dancing roles or singing in the choir. While you can’t go past the opportunity to tell the greatest story ever told, what I loved was seeing children being able to […]

The 2013 Top Five

Slow-cooked beef cheeks in red wine and mushrooms

WordPress has very kindly sent me a kind of ‘Year in Review’.  It’s a summary of how things went down over at Hotly Spiced Headquarters during 2013. It let me know my five most popular posts.  I’ve seen these lists before and every year the list never fails to surprise.  I thought I’d share these […]

Happy New Year

And the new year begins

Happy New Year to all my readers. After seeing in the New Year I’m moving a little more slowly today! Do you remember when I told you about the barman, the actress and the prostitute?  Well that story started in a two-storey apartment in McMahons Point.  The owners are friends of ours and after 30 […]

Two Decades with Santa

Christmas 1993

I’ve now been taking my children to see Santa for two decades.  I never thought I’d spend 20 years lining up in lengthy queues with hyped-up children who couldn’t stand in line for five minutes let alone the two hours it’s often been.  I thought I would share with you the interesting and varied and […]