In My Kitchen, June 2015

Yankee candle

It’s June and it’s winter and it’s a lot colder than usual.  And I don’t do ‘cold’ very well.  It’s like a test of endurance and I’m constantly looking at the calendar counting down the weeks until I’ll be warm again.  Here’s what’s happening in my kitchen this month… In my kitchen I have a […]

Chiswick, Woollahra

Very pretty

In a part of Sydney where space is at a premium, stepping onto the large grounds of Chiswick is like finding an oasis. Walking off busy Ocean Street and onto the property set in established gardens feels almost like you’re being led towards a private residence.  A walk along the arbour leads to the restaurant’s […]

Balmoral Burn, 2015

Getting along famously

My motivation for entering the Balmoral Burn, (a 450mtr sprint up an increasingly steep incline), was that having just celebrated a birthday, I would be the youngest in my age category and therefore, if ever there was a time to enter with all odds stacked in my favour, this was it. The problem however, was […]

Medlar Jelly

Wonderful with roast meats

Medlars!  I’d never heard of them. A good friend of mine lives on a property outside of Goulburn with a lot of medlar trees.  And the trees were laden with autumn fruit.  She posted a picture of the subsequent abundant harvest on facebook and how she was going to turn them into medlar jelly which […]

The Fitzroy Inn, Mittagong

Fitzroy Inn

It was sad circumstances that saw us back in Mittagong for just one night.  An extremely precious friend from our school days passed away very suddenly after his leukaemia returned, almost three years since his bone marrow transplant. Around 30 of his school friends gathered in Mittagong the night before his funeral to share and […]

Lemon and Almond Basbousa Cake

From Ally's Kitchen Cookbook

A lot of food bloggers dream of compiling all their recipes into a published book.  Alice Phillips from Ally’s Kitchen is one blogger who has turned that dream into a reality.  Recently launched, her cookbook, Ally’s Cookbook – A Passport for Adventurous Palates is currently being reviewed by food bloggers all around the world. I […]

The Zone Cross Country

Not even looking a bit tired

After a two-week delay due to all the rain that set the course under water, it was time for Alfie to compete in the Zone Cross Country. In the big lead-up he trained once a week at Little Athletics where they worked on strength, distance and speed.  Even though he only had a few training […]

Din Tai Fung, World Square

The restaurant at World Square

After standing on our feet for a few hours while we watched the ANZAC Day March, we needed to sit down and re-fuel.  We were in the heart of Sydney’s CBD with my sister, Lou and her family, and were pretty close to World Square near where Lou works. Spinning around in circles wondering where […]

Espiritu Santo’s Best Tourism Attractions

Rope swing

In March of this year a Category 5 cyclone devastated Vanuatu.  Our family was fortunate to holiday in Santo in January.  We stayed at the Barrier Beach House and became friendly with Shane and Shendel who own and manage the boutique resort. Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands spread out over 12,000 square kms […]

Mother’s Day, 2015

Pink bubbles

To all the mums out there, I do hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Mine was very relaxed and celebrated with my mother and three of my four sisters and their families. In the morning Alfie was a little upset.  He came into my room, empty handed, and said he didn’t have a gift […]