Stuffed Pork Loin

Having a rest

It’s been a big week for the little guy who has so many interests and activities that result in a very tightly-packed schedule.  One of the things he was most looking forward to this week was his appointment with the orthodontist.  Because for the last 12 months Alfie has had to wear a contraption on […]

Praline Meringue Torte

Served with some fresh figs

I’ve had my first date. With Tiablo, the Brazilian. I was running a couple of minutes late and he even sent me a text message making sure he wasn’t being stood-up. After the initial greeting we spent an hour in the downstairs part of the gym with all the bulky-blokes with rugby league sized thighs. […]

Playa Takeria, Darlinghurst

Family photo op

A great chasm in the Sydney dining scene has always been the lack of quality Mexican restaurants serving authentic cuisine. Changing that stereotype is newcomer, Playa Takeria, a restaurant in Darlinghurst that takes its name from a romantic place in Cancun, Playa del Carmen. Opened for just over a month, Playa has quickly become popular […]

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 […]

Bitten by the Swimming Bug

On the edge of Sydney Harbour

So…we’ve had the school swimming carnival and the amateur swim club carnival and this week we’ve had the inter-schools’ zone swimming carnival. It was held at my most favourite pool, North Sydney Olympic Pool.  My favourite not only because I used to train there as a child, but because of its unique position on the […]

Deco Stop, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Canal du Segond

When we were staying at Barrier Beach House the manager recommended we visit Deco Stop Lodge.  He said, ‘You must at least get there for lunch because it has one of the best views in Santo’.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a visit. But then we did. We checked into the airport for our […]

Northbridge Baths

50-metres is further than you think.

Do you remember my friend, Mr Competitive?  Well he surfaces again because a couple of days ago he frantically phoned and asked if the little guy and I were available for a spot of swimming. And I was highly suspicious.  Because Mr Competitive runs a swimming club and I just knew he didn’t have anything […]

Someone Call a Plumber

Fragrant lilies

Sometimes (okay, rarely), I have an excited feeling in my stomach because my day is going to plan and I just know that before the sun sets everything on my to-do list will be accomplished. Last week there was a moment where I had that feeling and I was feeling confident that I was actually […]

Downstairs Restaurant, Surry Hills

Entrance

Recently I had the very good fortune of catching up with my good friend, Maureen, and her husband, John, while they were briefly in Sydney. Along with Tania, we decided to meet for dinner at Downstairs Restaurant in Darlinghurst.  But situated directly above Downstairs is The Hazy Rose, an intimate and charming bar where we […]

In My Kitchen, March 2015

A new bed

And just like that, summer was over. But not exactly.  Because here in Sydney the first day of autumn was a scorcher with temperatures soaring to 36C (97F).  With February being so short, when March arrives the seasons don’t cooperate. In my kitchen I have two passionfruit.  Yes, just two but these are homegrown and […]