Crispy Baked Chicken with Tonkatsu Sauce

Crispy Baked Chicken with Tonkatsu Sauce

After a couple of days of not being exactly sure of where we were, I definitely know where we are now.  We’re on the West Coast of the USA and in the beautiful city of San Francisco.  (I don’t mean to spoil the illusion but this is a virtual tour – it’s just I’ve had […]

Stuffed Spatchcocks Roasted in Verjuice

Heading for the table

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely few days down at the farm in Mittagong.  And we nearly didn’t get there.  That’s because on the day we were due to drive to the Southern Highlands, Carl had to go to the office for the morning while I stayed at home to do the packing.  While he was […]

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

We all know that life isn’t fair and that good people are not immune from having bad things happen to them.  And when people we love are struck by something they never saw coming, it creates opportunity for those around them to show they care. Just before the end of the year, Carl and I […]

Chicken Korma Curry and…Mr Competitive Moves House

All packaged and ready to go to the moving victims.

Do you remember my friend, Mr Competitive?  The one who was running the swimming club and rang me on the eve of a very important ‘meet’ to ask if I could ‘assist’ him by swimming in one of the races?  And being the kind and generous soul that I am (naive would be more to […]

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Years ago when I was growing up my mother was always an enthusiastic cook.  She liked to be up with the latest trends and would scour the newspaper for the most up-to-date recipes; (cooking magazines weren’t yet invented).  One day there was in the paper a recipe calling for preserved lemons.  No one in our […]

Chicken Cacciatore and…A Little Bit of Help

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake

Life has so many ups and downs and at some stage most of us will walk head-on into a situation that is unavoidable, unpleasant and pretty much unmanageable.  However, there’s definitely a scale and at the moment all of my head-ons are paling into insignificance when I think about the situation my friends are facing. […]

Quick and Easy Herby Roast Chicken

Herby Roast Chicken with steamed greens

Prior to leaving for our overnight stay in the Blue Mountains, I took a leg of lamb out of the freezer and left it on the bench to thaw out for a Sunday night roast on our return.  I do try to be organised! On our way home and after we had visited The Sweetest […]

Incaberries and…The Morning Ritual

Dark Chocolate Incaberry Clusters

I think I’ve mentioned, (probably numerous times) that Arabella is onto a new eating regime where basically everything I buy deserves a roll of the eyes.  It’s because the boyfriend with no tattoos from the neck up, is health conscious.  And in between he and Arabella’s five break-ups and six getting-back-togethers, this new eating regime […]

Lime and Garlic Chicken and…A Miracle

A low-carb, low sugar, no fat, no gluten, no dairy, dish!

Remember how Arabella had to go out and get another piercing to aid in her recovery from a broken heart?  And she rang me and said, ‘Mum, I’ve got some news?’  And I said, ‘Did you go and get another piercing?’  Because when Arabella phones to say she has ‘some news’, it usually means she’s […]

Penang Chicken Curry and …Moving on in Boarding School

Essential ingredients for Thai curries

Right…so….after the one and only letter and the end of the compulsory three-week stint in boarding school, Archie was allowed to come home on weekends.  With my new baby, I would drive out on a Friday afternoon and meet him at ‘Hogwarts’ with enough time to help him pack then cut my way back through […]