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 […]

Beer Battered Fish and Chips and…Happy New Year

Beer Battered Fish and Chips

While we’re on the subject of dastardly dogs I’m reminded of a New Years Eve I spent at the local hospital. When Archie and Arabella were younger we lived in a house high up in the canopy of gum trees overlooking part of a beautiful waterway called Pittwater.  It was within walking distance to a […]

Tomato and Lemongrass Sambal and…The Sting of Vanity

Tomato and Lemongrass Sambal

Earlier this week I walked in to my beautician’s shop hoping my favourite therapist, Rebecca, would be available to give me some long overdue maintenance.  Unfortunately Rebecca was booked out but while I was making an appointment for another time I noticed a sign saying ’70% off IPL treatments’. I’ve been wondering about permanent hair […]

Eggs Benedict and…The Gap Year Crosses the Atlantic

Eggs Benedict

Americans have no appreciation for the beautiful tones of a didgeridoo.  In the heat of a New York summer Archie went out into the streets with his quality instrument and demonstrated his skills of circular breathing combined with a full menagerie of animal sound effects.  He blasted into that didge until his lips blew up […]