Mushroom and Asparagus Toast Cups

Toast Cups

After I made citrus peel that was such a gourmet trend back in the 70′s I thought I would post another recipe from that era.  And it’s one I mentioned in that same blog post where proficient home cooks wouldn’t just serve something from a jar, or even serve a pickled onion and cube of […]

Paradox, Crows Nest

The restaurant is in a converted terrace house

My very good friend, Karina, shares the same birthday as me.  For many years we have tried to always go out for dinner for a joint celebration.  Her husband, Christian, is very good at organising a different venue each year;  it’s always somewhat local, always moderately priced, always BYO and each year we usually try […]

Sour Cream Black Forest Cake

Serve with some fresh cherries (when in season!)

I would love to have a nice and tidy scheduled life but it’s just never been that way. Today is a classic example where for a few weeks I’ve known that tonight Carl was going to be at a wine appreciation night.  It’s just that somehow the communication containing the details broke down and it […]

Mum’s Baked Cheesecake and…JAS058

I usually serve this with fresh raspberries on the side

A few posts ago I let you know that Archie now has his full licence and as such, can legally drive a V8.  And he has been looking forward to this for many years, given his father has a V8 and it’s a 1967 Mustang. When I was growing up with my four sisters my […]

School Lunches and ‘B’ is for Beautiful, ‘D’ is for Dysfunctional

A 1970's lunchbox

As I walked Alfie into school this morning I saw his lovely teacher who was smiling and laughing and looking so happy to be there.  Alfie is so lucky to be in her class and I know this because all the other mothers whose sons and daughters missed out, will never let me forget that […]

Blackberry Flummery and The Family Doctor

Blackberry Flummery with mixed berries

Long, long ago when I was just a wee lass, medical centres didn’t exist.  Every family had a local doctor who they stuck with through every stage of their lives.  The doctor ran his clinic out of ‘rooms’ that were more often than not, within his own home, and answering the phone and making the […]

Mince on Toast and Valiants, Lollies, Paintings and Mince

Savoury Mince on Toast

I’ve had a couple of trips across the Tasman and the first was when I was two years old when we moved to Sydney.  I don’t remember that trip at all and I only have a few memories of the two years we spent in Sydney before returning to New Zealand for another decade. I […]

Bacon and Egg Pie and…Overly Indulged

A lovely pick-me-up if you've over indulged!

Arabella is on school holidays for two weeks but as she has exams the minute she returns to school, she has work to do.  At her school the girls in Year 12 are assigned a teacher who will be their mentor.   As luck would have it, the deputy principal specifically requested my daughter and […]

Potato Scallops and…Thursday Nights and Saturday Mornings

Twice Cooked Potato Scallops

When I was 15 I thought I needed a job.  Part-time work was available for teens in most retail stores for Thursday night/Saturday morning shifts.  (This was back in the day when weekend trading was only permitted on Saturdays from 8am until 12md. I went to my local shopping mall and walked from store to […]

Coq Au Vin and…Entertaining Perils

Coq Au Vin

Entertaining can be full of perils and the perils absolutely multiply if you’re trying to pull off a dinner party with your own small and unpredictable children under your feet. My mother didn’t like to do things by halves so instead of inviting a manageable amount of six guests, she would invite 12.  And there […]