Hydro Majestic High Tea

Most people who grew up in Sydney and are from my generation will have memories of visiting the very pink Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. Perhaps as early as 1901, Mark Foy, of Mark Foy’s Department Stores, sold shares in his business to finance what was to become Australia’s first […]

In My Kitchen, September 2015

While Spring so far has been much colder than I would like, there’s plenty going on in my kitchen to keep my mind off the weather. In my kitchen I have a birthday cake I made for a very special boy.  He loves the Sydney Swans so I made in a cake in the team’s […]

Asparagus and Poached Eggs on Toast

With the exclusion of the Gen Y’s who are reading my blog, would it be fair to say Gen Y’s are useless?  They’re not stupid as they’re perfectly capable of getting amazing results for their final school exams, and they walk right on into amazing universities, and they hold down jobs.  They can even converse […]

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel, India

Last month I let you know that next year I’m heading to India with Rush Expeditions for a 10-day boutique tour.  The good news is, you have the opportunity to come with me. We will be spending our time in Northern India which, because of the incredible scenery, architecture and historical significance of the region, […]

Asparagus Rolls

Miss Arabella has lost a kilo. That is of tremendous significance. Because now, the outfit that was too expensive in the shops, that she was out-bid on in an E-bay auction, that she then did buy in a smaller size at an E-bay auction, that was then too tight so she put it back on […]

Happy As Larry

In 2011, the City of Sydney asked the people what they would like for their city.  The overwhelming response was that they’d like better food options after dark.  A two-year trial was put in place and gave birth to the Sydney Food Truck scene serving a terrific variety of cuisine from around the world. Launching […]

No-Bake Lemon Slice

Regular readers would know that very soon Arabella will be celebrating her 21st birthday.  As we did for Archie, we have a party planned, with a theme, and for that theme Arabella has chosen an outfit. She found what she wanted in a shop but it was very expensive and out of the range of […]

Dreamworld, Gold Coast

I don’t know of many families who go on a holiday to the Gold Coast and get in and out without visiting a theme park.  Almost as famous as the brilliant weather and the beautiful beaches are the theme parks of the Gold Coast. There are adults who don’t like theme parks and who avoid […]

La Lucciola, Seminyak, Bali

The absolute joy of a dining experience that exceeds expectations. La Lucciola is a very well known and very established restaurant in Seminyak.  It’s right on the beach and as the name suggests, serves Italian cuisine.  The people who own La Lucciola recently opened Bambu, our favourite restaurant while in Bali.  La Lucciola is a […]

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Last week when I made the After School Cookies, I had an annoying couple of rows of dark chocolate leftover.  Annoying because it seemed there wasn’t quite enough leftover chocolate to do anything with so I feared the few squares of chocolate would just sit around in the pantry, taking up space until I forgot […]