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 […]

In My Kitchen, September 2014

Besties

It’s Spring!  But you wouldn’t know it.  It’s very cold and grey and wet and windy but it surely can’t last too much longer. In my kitchen this month there’s good news and bad news.  I’ll start with the bad. Someone sent me a parcel.  They didn’t put their details on the satchel so I […]

The Wedding of a Very Special Friend

The bride designed her own bouquet

I don’t think there’s a more happy event than a wedding.  People always cry at weddings but for Deb’s wedding I was crying when I received the invitation!  Deb has been a very good friend of mine since I was a teenager and we’ve been doing life together through all its trials and ups and […]

The Frick Collection, New York

The courtyard that was once the driveway

New York has so many museums and galleries worth seeing but on my schedule, I could only choose one.  I made a decision to view the Frick Collection as it is housed in the neoclassical mansion the collector built as his home on 5th Avenue. Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania and […]

Morandi, West Village, New York

Morandi - it attracts a stylish crowd

My sister said to me, ‘I think there’s a really good Italian within walking distance from you; you should give it a try’.  So on the Saturday night after we toured Central Park, we walked up to the restaurant in the West Village. Morandi is situated on Waverly Place where it has enough set-back from […]

It’s Party-Time

RMS Titanic

I’m off to a Titanic-sized party and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ace Props and Events, Petersham

Archie trying out an original WWI gas mask

The problem with the venue we’ve chosen for Archie’s 21st is that it’s an enormous space.  And I don’t want the party to be held in a room that echoes and feels like everyone’s in a chasm.  In order to try and fill the space, I’ve been out and about trying to source props. That’s […]

Twilight at Taronga

The entrance to Taronga Zoo

I love the Twilight at Taronga events and try to attend at least one concert every season. Now in its 18th year, Twilight at Taronga is a series of open-air concerts held in front of the concert lawn inside the grounds of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.  In the line-up over the past few years there has […]

MS Oosterdam, Karaoke

I thought I’d give you all some respite from the blue skies, turquoise waters and lush green tropical island vegetation that is so typical of the South Pacific and talk about the serious subject of karaoke. We couldn’t have been more fortunate to discover there was a karaoke competition on board the Oosterdam.  Lucky for […]

The Oriental Hotel, Springwood

The Oriental Hotel, Springwood

By the time Carl returned from his excursion with the in-laws, we had well and truly over-stayed our welcome at Lilianfels, plus it was time to return to Sydney in time to become organised for the working week.  We started heading back down the mountains (because I’m of Kiwi extraction I’m going to have to […]