The Terraces Boutique Apartments, Vanuatu

Drew enjoying an early morning swim.

We arrived in Port Vila quite late in the evening.  Even later by the time our baggage was sighted.  We found our way to the taxi rank and boarded two taxis for the short journey to The Terraces.  The taxis cost AUS$25.00 each and the chaps were very friendly and helpful and offered to pick […]

Flying Air Vanuatu

Fresh air

After flying to Brisbane with Qantas where Alfie was disappointed he didn’t have a personal screen, I foolishly consoled him by advising that once we boarded the international flight for Vanuatu, he would have his own screen. Wrong. As too was my belief that when flying overseas you’re given slightly more leg room than when […]

Up, Up and Away to Vanuatu

It’s annual vacation time and we’re heading up, up and away for a couple of weeks. You might remember that last year we went on a Pacific Treasures Cruise around the South-Pacific Islands.  We loved it so much we thought we’d book the same holiday again however, when we looked at the itinerary we noticed […]

A Christening Cake

Topped with a teddy bear

A few days after Christmas we had the Christening of Em’s little boy, Freddie.  The Christening had been delayed to allow for it to be in Sydney and so sadly, he had outgrown the Christening gown that has been in our family for five generations.  But he did look very smart in a white shirt […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breasts in Herb Butter

Drizzled with pan juices and ready to serve

In December I hosted a dinner party where I cooked turkey breasts that had been brined, then had a herb butter rubbed under the skin, then wrapped in prosciutto to be roasted, then drizzled with a little maple syrup while being allowed to rest. I’ve decided this is the best way to cook turkey.  It […]

Dark-Chocolate and Sour-Cherry Panforte

Dark-chocolate and sour-cherry panforte

One of the other Christmasy treats I made this season was this Sienese panforte.  I made this to serve after the Balmoral Carols when we were all back at our house and looking for something sweet to enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of red. I do love panforte as it’s not […]

In My Kitchen, January 2015

There's a very nervous look in Rosie's eye

Happy New Year to all my readers! I can’t believe we’re into another year or even that it’s time for another IMK post but there you go! December was an absolutely massive month for me as I’m sure it was for so many of you and I still feel very much caught up in the […]

Boxing Day, 2014


After the Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas Day lunch, we were not done with the Christmas celebrations because Boxing Day needed to be celebrated as well. Boxing Day is an English tradition dating back to the days of Queen Victoria.  Back then the more affluent people would box up all their Christmas Day leftovers […]

Sour-Cherry and Roasted-Almond White Christmas

White Christmas

On the last Saturday night before Christmas, we met up with a group of friends for the Balmoral Carols By Candlelight.   The plan was to arrive early, stake out some territory then have a picnic dinner before the carols began.  Everyone brought something savoury and then after the carols, they all came back to […]

Christmas Day, 2014


This year we celebrated Christmas Day at my sister, Katie’s home.  Everyone was sent an email advising what they should bring and I was allocated the desserts.  Yah!  Because I chose to make two frozen puddings that can be made in advance and once packed into an esky they are very easy to transport.  Sorted. […]