Kisik Bar and Grill, Ayana, Jimbaran, Bali

Most tables are on the cliff edge

Kisik is just one of many restaurant choices at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali. The reason we dined at Kisik is not only because we were attracted to the novelty of the sand floor and the restaurant’s position down on the water’s edge, but also because it’s a short stroll from the very famous […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Lovely with ice cream

Last Saturday we were having our first dinner party in about three months.  I beetled around the house in a frenzy trying to knock the house into shape to give the illusion we are respectable.  I set the table with all my new homewares from Bali, I bought a vase full of lilies, and there […]

Beef Bourguignon

A classic French dish

This week the little guy had his athletics carnival.  While the event is a whole lot more than just a lovely day outside of the classroom, and while Alfie is very enthusiastic about it, the events on offer are not his most suited.  The athletics carnival is for sprinters and my little guy is at […]

Roasted Pumpkin, Sage and Spinach Quiche

Roasted pumpkin, sage and spinach quiche

The little guy does swim squads three afternoons a week but actually, it’s more like three evenings a week because we don’t arrive home until after 7pm. By then everyone else is walking through the door and announcing their state of hunger and looking with great hope around the kitchen. If we don’t want to […]

Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud, Bali

Bridges to cross the waterways

We have friends who love Bali and seem to fly there at least once a year for some respite from Sydney.  They told us that when we’re in Bali we absolutely must book a driver to take us to Ubud for the day. Wanting to make a full day of it, we booked at driver […]

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 […]

Breeze, at The Samaya Seminyak, Bali

Twilight

Prior to leaving for Bali, we had friends give a list of restaurants where we absolutely must dine while in Bali.  It turned out to be a case of too many restaurants and not enough time.  And towards the end of the five days we spent in Seminyak, we were worn out from racing around […]

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Squares

I have a friend, Kat, who is very fit and extremely health conscious.  I know she’s fit because every morning when I check my Instagram account, there will be a photo posted by Kat of the morning’s sunrise.  Kat rises early and power walks along our coastline and I stay home in bed and judge […]

Sweet Sour Salt, Orange, NSW

Son In Law Eggs:  $16.00 for 2 eggs, halved

I’m going to tell you about a restaurant that’s a four-hour drive from Sydney, and how the people of Orange are extremely fortunate to have a local restaurant serving such incredibly good food. While we were driving from Sydney to Orange for our weekend mini-break, I googled restaurants for where we could have dinner.  I […]

Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts

Makes 12

Our lodger has left the premises.  And we will miss him.  Barnaby was with us for four weeks and we fell in love with him.  He was terrific company for Rosie and once they established their relationship they spent the evenings snuggled up to each other on the couch. I do think Rosie will find […]