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Autumn has well and truly arrived. Gone are the light dresses and t-shirts, except for my teenage daughter who still insists on wearing the skimpiest of shorts (with the compulsory hoodie!). For me, boots and coats are back in service, as well as fluffy pyjamas and bed socks!! Oh, the feeling of curling up on the lounge with a hot cup of tea ( or a mulled wine, depending on the mood…)… Read More

November is pumpkin month at our place! It is mostly due to foreign influence, all these years of travelling abroad meaning we’ve adopted some other countries’ customs. Starting with Halloween (technically occurring in October, with only one day to spare…) in the USA, then All Saints commemorations in France, the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico and ending with Thanksgiving, another American tradition. We used to join in the celebrations when… Read More

I don’t know about you, but November is the time of the year when I realise the festive season is fast approaching, but somehow I am still convinced there is lots of time to get ready. Besides we have just recovered from Halloween sugar-laden feasts and Australian spring festival celebrations, so I like to sit back and enjoy a quiet week or two before the Christmas frenzy takes hold. Last week started… Read More

As far as I can remember, Easter in Sydney has always been rainy and cold, but not this year.Not that I am complaining about the Indian summer we’ve had. I mean, who would ever tire of balmy nights and sunny warm days extending for ever… Salads and BBQ anything have been staples thru February and March, to the point where the family was craving for a good old roast or casserole. Then… Read More

Summer is gone and autumn has slowly but surely crept up on us. Crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons on good days, rain and cold winds on bad days…the weather is certainly changing! Same in the galley, where I am still trying to use up the various ingredients garnered during our world cruise: jars of condiments, tins of beans and preserved vegetables…all adding spice and excitement to our dinners. But nothing beats… Read More

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