Coriander Corn Fritters

Where's the bacon?

After the dinner where we enjoyed the roasted spatchcocks we woke to another opportunity to cook in the kitchen.  When you’re in the country and even if you’re not heading into the fields for 12 hours of digging holes and herding cattle and repairing fences and feeding pigs, you still should enjoy a cooked breakfast. […]

Robertson Pie Shop

The famous pie shop

Still in Robertson, the one thing we were told to do while there is visit their famous pie shop. At first we thought it must have pulled up stumps and headed out of town as when we drove through the main street we didn’t see anything that looked like a pie shop.  But then a […]

Robertson, NSW

Cross over the railway line and you're in Babe-country

When we’re down on the farm in the Southern Highlands, we always like to do a bit of exploring.  One town we hadn’t visited was Robertson.  Known as the ‘Green Heart of the Highlands’, I’ve been wanting to visit Robertson ever since finding out that it was the location for the film, Babe. From Mittagong, it […]

Reef Beach, Sydney

The girls love an outing

One of the best things about spending time at Oakvale is that on the neighbouring property lives two boys, both around the same age as our little guy. Alfie spends every daylight hour with them and it’s all old-fashioned fun which means being outdoors and doing things like riding dirt bikes, playing with the hose, […]

Stuffed Spatchcocks Roasted in Verjuice

Heading for the table

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely few days down at the farm in Mittagong.  And we nearly didn’t get there.  That’s because on the day we were due to drive to the Southern Highlands, Carl had to go to the office for the morning while I stayed at home to do the packing.  While he was […]

In My Kitchen, October 2014

Shore - A Shared Table

October already! In my kitchen I have quite a few new cookbooks.  The first was given to me by a friend who has a son at the Shore school, a private school for boys.  The School released a cookbook to commemorate 125 years of the school.  It’s a stunning hard-back cookbook that’s been incredibly beautifully […]

Mosman Rowers

Mosman Rowers

The Mosman Rowers’ is situated on a prime piece of heritage waterfront land in Mosman.  The club started in Circular Quay in 1873 but now has its very unique and special location in Mosman Bay. The clubhouse is a rustic weatherboard building that has a balcony overlooking the very pretty bay and it’s a great […]

A Dud Dachshund Cake

Pretty cute

Not every day in the Hotly Spiced kitchen is a happy one.  In the lead-up to Arabella’s birthday party I set about making the cake she had requested, a dachshund.  What could go wrong! Pretty much everything. But not the baking-the-cakes part; that went very well except for being too heavy-handed with the tint.  I […]

Leaving the Teens Behind

Kick-starting the day

Over the weekend we celebrated Arabella’s birthday.  A birthday where she left her teens behind.  It struck her that she’s getting old.  ‘I’m so old, mum; I don’t want to be this old, I liked being a teenager’.  I didn’t like her being a teenager and am quite happy we’re moving on. ‘If you’re feeling […]

The James Craig Tall Ship

The James Craig

What I love about Alfie being a cub-scout is that he’s having so many wonderful experiences and great opportunities to learn and discover.  One recent experience was spending the night on the James Craig. The Barque James Craig is a tall ship that was built in 1874 and launched as Clan Macleod.  It was a […]