Morphy Richards Elipta 60s

A retro toaster and kettle in cornflower blue

One day I will take you on a tour of my dream kitchen.  But not today because right now my dream kitchen hasn’t materialised. My current kitchen came with the house that had been owned by the same woman for over sixty years.  Trust me now, not a lot changed in those sixty years.  She […]

Casa Barilla and a Giveaway

Me with Gabriele and Luca

A few nights ago I attended a cooking demonstration at Casa Barilla. Although Barilla is a fourth-generation company turning over $7B per year, it’s products have only been available in Australia for the last decade or so.  When Barilla did start selling its pastas and pasta sauces here I was an instant convert.  In those […]

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 […]

Cooking with Sunbeam

Lunch time

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend a cooking demonstration by Jill Cooney, Senior Home Economist with Sunbeam.  Sunbeam is an Australian company that started in 1880 when two enterprising young men began making equipment to shear sheep.  In order to maintain revenue during the off-season they developed and marketed small electrical appliances.  […]

Leggo’s Vine Ripe Pasta Sauce


I’m back!  Back from a two-week Telstra imposed exile.  In exile, there’s no internet and it’s a bit how I imagine hell, really.  Anyway, just before I was cast into exile, I was invited to a dinner hosted specifically for 30 food enthusiasts to celebrate the launch of Leggo’s Vine Ripe Pasta Sauce. When I […]

In My Kitchen, March 2013

All Natural Effervescent Fruit Juice

I haven’t done an ‘In My Kitchen’ post for a while because I have had nothing of interest to show you unless you’re interested in weevils flying around in the pantry and a stack of dishes in the sink and all over the benches because the dishwasher repairman is on his way – one day. […]

Brancott Estate Flight


Some days in Sydney are better than others and Friday was one of those better days where I got a leave-pass from my usual chores and had a day that was only all the more perfect because of the glorious weather. I drove to Rose Bay which isn’t that far from home but experienced terrible […]

Glazed Over

For me, reading through Cooking Magazines and deciding that the family Christmas Feast must have an eye-catching, conversation stopping and mouth-watering standout dish that typifies Christmas and is something unique to the season and perhaps something you don’t indulge in at other times of the year, is essential. To me that dish is a decorated […]