Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

Authentic prosciutto and parmigiano

There are two items I always have in my fridge and they are prosciutto and parmesan cheese.  These classic Italian items are so versatile they can be used to bring a meal together in minutes or lift an ordinary dish into another dimension.  And while I merrily use both prosciutto and parmesan in salads, pastas, […]

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 […]

Parental Leave

Glazed ham

Often our weekends are taken up with children’s sports, their parties, their friends, their sleepovers; as well as their homework, assignments, projects, speeches, escapades and dramas.  But last weekend we took a break from parenting and spent time socialising and catching up with our own friends. For my mental health I needed parental leave.  Archie […]

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 […]

‘Why Archie? Why?’

Happier times when he was doing a bit of modelling

I’m sure you all remember my son, Archie.  He was a nice looking boy; clean-cut and shaven.  I was proud to walk down the street with him. These days I cross the street. Everything was fine until a few months ago.  We had his 21st, he was working hard at uni, he had a good […]

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 […]

Sokyo at Star, Pyrmont

Sokyo

It’s been almost two years since I went to Sokyo.  In November 2012 I attended an event at the venue where Al Pacino was the guest of honour.  That was a cocktail party so I wasn’t able to sit down and dine and experience the brilliance that is Chase Kojima, head chef of Sokyo. Chase […]

Blacksmith, Mona Vale – Cafe, Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Blacksmith

A few weeks ago I was meeting a friend of mine for lunch in Mona Vale.  We had an Asian noodle bar in mind but as Lou was walking through Pittwater Place she noticed Blacksmith.  And with its bold fit-out, it certainly makes a statement.  Considering it used to be a shoe shop, this is […]

Barilla Gluten-Free Pasta

The long marble table

There are a few people in my family who are gluten-free and one of their biggest complaints is that finding a decent gluten-free pasta is difficult and costly.  Since removing gluten from their diets, they say the food item they miss most is bread but enjoying a decent pasta dish is a very close second. […]

1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts 70th Birthday

Great weather

After many, many days of heavy downpours and what seemed like non-stop rain, we woke on Sunday morning to clear blue skies.  It was such a pleasant surprise. And the blue skies were so welcome because Alfie’s sea scout group was celebrating its 70th birthday. The first meeting of the Group was in a private […]