Tarragon Honey Mustard

A grainy mustard

One of my favourite indulgences is a long hot shower.  I usually lean against the wall and let the water pelt onto my back while I clear my head and enjoy a few moments of solitude. Yesterday I was home-alone with just the little guy and I thought before hopping into the shower I would […]

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd with fresh passionfruit

The good news is, Arabella is on a high.  After two surgeries and having been hoisting herself around on her cripple sticks since February 22, Arabella will be walking hands-free in 10 days time.  She is having hydrotherapy and physiotherapy twice a week and her leg is becoming stronger and she can almost bend her […]

Medlar Jelly

Wonderful with roast meats

Medlars!  I’d never heard of them. A good friend of mine lives on a property outside of Goulburn with a lot of medlar trees.  And the trees were laden with autumn fruit.  She posted a picture of the subsequent abundant harvest on facebook and how she was going to turn them into medlar jelly which […]

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Today was my right leg’s turn to be operated on. And yes, I am talking it up.  Not exactly an operation as such, just continuing on with the sclerotherapy and ligations I had last week on my left leg. After an ultrasound where my leg was marked-up I went into the operating room.  The surgeon […]

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 […]

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

I would love to be bringing you my mother’s cranberry sauce recipe but unfortunately and despite my very best efforts, I’m unable to.  You see, it has to be made with either fresh or frozen cranberries and while that might seem simple enough, it actually isn’t – not in this part of the world, anyway. […]

Mum’s Cherry Chutney – Perfect with Turkey or Ham

Cherry Chutney

When I was growing up there were a lot of traditions to be observed.  Christmas had the bulk of these traditions. On Christmas Eve my mother would be up at around half past five to begin a day spent in the kitchen and in the climbing heat. In the early evening my father would gather […]

Spiced Apple Sauce

Spiced Apple Sauce

Peddling back to when I made the rolled loin of pork for the lunch we enjoyed with friends last Sunday, I also made apple sauce.  I’m sure you would agree that if you’re going to crunch on crackling, it can only be all the better for dipping it into apple sauce. However, I have an […]

Asian-Inspired Glazed Ham

My Mother's Day baked ham

Happy Mother’s Day! Don’t you just love Mother’s Day?  It’s that one day of the year where you get to sleep-in then lie in bed while the kids bring you breakfast in bed and hand over lots of heartfelt gifts while telling you just how amazing and special you are.  Don’t you just love it?  […]

Lamb with Mint Sauce and The Country Fair

Serve with roasted vegetables and steamed greens

Back in the day when expectations were so much lower and excitement meant being given an ice block, we were on a family holiday, just a few hours north of Auckland.  It was a little town of mostly rural residents where the pace of life was relaxed and the setting idyllic.  I must have been […]