Cracker Mania

Crackers!

Day 7 in our 10-part series and we’ve landed back in Australia and we’re in Sydney. I mentioned in Part 1 of the series that I would be sharing recipes that intimidated me.  This is one of them.  I’ve seen crackers on other blogs and although I’ve been inspired to take up the challenge, I’ve […]

The Oaks, Neutral Bay

The Oaks, oak tree

The Oaks is an iconic pub in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.  It opened its doors in 1885 and throughout its 120 year history, it has never failed to be a place that Sydney-siders will frequent time and time again. By a stroke of good fortune, Lorraine had an appointment at The Oaks and asked if, along […]

Nomad, Surry Hills

All the kitchen-action happens right in front of you.

Towards the end of last year, Celia, Tania, Lorraine and I wanted to got together to celebrate making it through another year, the joy of the Christmas season with the exchanging of home-made gifts, and the treat of getting together over a meal. We decided to go to Nomad, a newly-opened restaurant in Surry Hills. […]

MS Oosterdam – The Dining Experience

The table setting in the Vista Restaurant

Okay. So here we go. And try to keep up with how many times I mention the word, ‘sweet’. The Lido: Let’s start with The Lido.  It’s the buffet.  Does anyone out there like buffets?  I don’t.  I don’t like queuing for food and then wandering around with my tray trying to find a table […]

The 2013 Top Five

Slow-cooked beef cheeks in red wine and mushrooms

WordPress has very kindly sent me a kind of ‘Year in Review’.  It’s a summary of how things went down over at Hotly Spiced Headquarters during 2013. It let me know my five most popular posts.  I’ve seen these lists before and every year the list never fails to surprise.  I thought I’d share these […]

The Joy of Christmas

Just decorated - our 10 foot Christmas Tree

There’s a lot to do with getting ready for Christmas and I know I’m not alone in feeling that at this time of year it would be handy to have an extra day in every week.  Adding to the mayhem is that things can and often do go wrong and I had no less than […]

In My Kitchen, December 2013

Treasured Christmas recipes

In my kitchen is a broken window.  Can you guess who did it?  Yes, it was Archie.  He’s lost three house keys since March and a few nights ago he came stumbling home in the early hours of the morning and realised (no surprise) that he didn’t have a key.  Rather than knock on the […]

In My Kitchen, October 2013

Rosie with her mother, Ruby

In my kitchen I have a pretty pink box.  It was given to me by my good friend Rach who is a midwife at one of Sydney’s private hospitals and this box had been given to her by the wife of a certain Sydney billionaire.  She had helped deliver their third child.  Everyone who helped […]

Bion Societe, Camperdown

Tuna Salad:  $17.00

Last week I met up with Lorraine, Celia and Tania at Bion Societe in Camperdown.  The reason for the get-together was for no good reason at all except that the four of us hadn’t spent time together since the launch of Lorraine’s book an entire season ago, (almost two). And due to demanding schedules (that […]

In My Kitchen, September 2013

My Bear Grylls

September and Spring already!  It’s such a lovely feeling to see the back of winter. In my kitchen I have a very special balsamic vinegar given to me by Tania.  In Tania’s blog posts she often mentions different types of balsamic vinegars and I have often felt like a Philistine by comparison in that my […]