George’s, Sanctuary Cove

A blue carpet entrance

While the Gold Coast is envied by Australians living in other cities because of its almost continuous days of sunshine and warm temperatures and its outstanding tourism attractions, generally, the envy stops with the food scene. I know things are improving and I know one day I’ll have the dining experience that’s going to make […]

Intercontinental, Sanctuary Cove, QLD

A beautiful resort

Sanctuary Cove is about a 45-minute drive north of the Gold Coast airport.  Opening in 1986 with five days of celebrations that included performances from Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, Sanctuary Cove was designed as a community where you could live in a resort-styled setting. Sanctuary Cove features two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 300-berth […]

Lamb and Spinach Curry

Today I am over at Maureen’s blog with a lamb and spinach curry. Maureen has been a very wonderful friend to me ever since I started blogging. Always in life, there are seasons of highs and lows and in my blogging lows, Maureen has been there going above and beyond to render assistance. Currently, Maureen […]

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 […]