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 […]

Vegan Crackers and…Mr Easy-On-The-Eye

Crispy and crunchy

That Alfie is involved in so many pursuits I’m being kept on my toes.  I need to stay fit, strong and energised.  Yesterday I dusted off my gym gear and paid a visit to my ‘charity’.  Having dropped Alfie off to early morning band practise (just another thing), I arrived at the time where the […]

How to Make Your Own Bacon

You can make your own bacon!

It’s Day 9 of our 10-Day Tour and we’re still in Sydney.  A few suburbs away from Tania (where we were yesterday) is Lorraine, Australia’s Uber-Blogger from Not Quite Nigella. When I first started blogging I was a little bit lonely because I didn’t yet have any cyber-friends and the only person commenting on (and reading) my […]

Cracker Mania

Crackers!

Day 7 in our 10-part series and we’ve landed back in Australia and we’re in Sydney. I mentioned in Part 1 of the series that I would be sharing recipes that intimidated me.  This is one of them.  I’ve seen crackers on other blogs and although I’ve been inspired to take up the challenge, I’ve […]

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rind

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rinds

After visiting Maureen, Liz and Rebecca, we’ve had to leave the East Coast of Australia and head to the USA.  We’ve landed but I just don’t know where. We’re visiting John from Kitchen Riffs and I know he used to work and live in Manhattan and I know he’s now semi-retired and has left New […]

Candied Citrus Peel

Excellent for dinner parties

When I was growing up my mother loved to host dinner parties.  This was in the 70’s and not the era of dialling in a caterer, ordering in pre-cooked meals or even driving to the local deli for an antipasto platter.  That isn’t to say that some didn’t take a few shortcuts.  I remember being […]

Candied Popcorn

So 'fairground'

This post is sponsored by Queen. I’m quite sure that the very first time I ate popcorn, it was the multi-coloured candied variety.  I just assumed that was what popcorn was and had no idea most commonly it was eaten in its natural colour, seasoned with butter and salt. Country fairgrounds with their ferris wheels, […]

Three Turkey Stuffings

Three turkey stuffings

When I was growing up we always had a hot roast turkey on Christmas Day.  It didn’t matter if it was a heatwave with temperatures over 40C (104F), (as it often was), there were no cold-cuts on our Christmas table. One year my father thought we should try something a little different and that meant […]