Monthly Archives: March 2016


A weekend in Melbourne Travel

We serendipitously both needed to be in Melbourne for work at the same time so we planned a weekend away to make the most of our time in the city.  We were “adults” in Brisbane for quite a few years before we ventured south to Melbourne and since then we have been many times. The city itself is easy to navigate by foot or by tram and the architecture, laneways and boutique shops make it easy to whittle hours away. Melbourne is synonymous with food and wine and we obviously did both while we were there! Friday night we dined...

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Basic herb crust Dine in

This recipe for a herb crust is a starting point for you to experiment with flavours depending on what you have available and until it works for you. The herbs I used this time included parsley, sage, thyme, dill and basil because that’s what is currently growing really well in my herb garden.  Growing herbs is so rewarding and really worth the effort if you have a sunny spot and some time to make the trek to the nursery. I hate buying herbs from the supermarket and I try to avoid it when I can – it can get expensive and it’s such...

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Za’atar and sumac marinated lamb with skordalia and tabbouleh Dine in

This dinner was a delicious surprise – many of my favourite ingredients all on one plate, so I’m not sure what I expected anything less! Tabbouleh is a salad I have enjoyed for many years. It seemed very exotic when Mum made it for us in country Biloela, we would often have it with our Sunday BBQ lunch when other families would have been having an iceberg lettuce salad instead. Tabbouleh is really a parsley salad, with a little bit of burghul, tomato, onion and lemon to bring it all together. You can serve it with any grilled meat or...

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Healthy Thai pork larb Dine in

We are now in Autumn so it should be cooling down but I don’t think the weather in Sydney got the message – most days are still above 30 degrees C and the nights are still sticky without a cooling breeze. I wasn’t in the mood for a hot dinner and Stuart was going to be late from work, so I decided to make larb as you can make it ahead of time and eat it at room temperature. It would be great for a picnic too! The flavours are as simple or as complex as you want to make them,...

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A weekend in the Hunter Valley Travel

The Hunter Valley is an established wine region about 2.5 hours from Sydney (depending on which side of town you’re on, crossing the city is a mission!) and it’s a lovely place to spend a weekend. Friends of ours are getting married in a couple of weeks so a weekend was organised to celebrate their impending nuptials and 17 of us descended on Abernethy house with plenty of food and clanking bottles, ready for a celebration. I had planned to set off early so we could beat the traffic, but Sir Stuart the Sloth moves the pace he wants to...

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