Weekend cooking: The perfect roast chicken

It came to my attention this week that I do not have my roast chook recipe on my blog! I KNOW. I was just as shocked. I always seem to answer questions about this simple and delicious meal that has become a firm favourite and it will hit our table every few weeks without fail. The thing about a … [Read more...]

Lawn gazing & food grazing

How was your weekend? If you were lucky like us, you may have had some of the most beautiful summery early Autumn days that even though it feels hot, the lights is different and it's cooler at night so (to me) they just seem all the more beautiful. We had slow days at home on both days with lots … [Read more...]

How to make a simple Bearnaise Sauce

There's nothing more special at home than creating something restaurant quality that will make everyone think you have gone to trouble. When really, there's been no trouble taken at all. That happens to me every time I make a simple cheat version of a Bearnaise Sauce to go with steak or rare roast … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with bubbles and pre-birthday parties

Goodness me that weekend whooshed by didn't it? One minute it was Friday night (dead/exhausted etc etc) and the next thing it was 8.15am Monday morning and I had to wake up EVERY kid. Why don't they do that shit on the weekend I ask you? We had such a lovely weekend - lots of social catch ups … [Read more...]

Saturday Sipper: Aperol Spritz with a twist

I'll never forget the first Aperol Spritz I had when we were in Italy when I FINALLY understood the allure of this orange cocktail. We had been walking about Florence in the STINKING heat when we stopped at a cafe/bar and the icy Spritz cooled me down and quenched my thirst like nothing I had every … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Holiday entertaining

Boy have I been doing some cooking (and eating) and drinking the past few weeks. I am sure soon enough it will stop (it better!) but for now I will pat my tummy and know I have had some amazing memories created with friends and family over food. Thought that I would share some of the recipes I … [Read more...]


Today it's the last Monday before Christmas. Can you believe that this time next week we will all be sitting around in a mess of paper and presents? How?! And I wonder what those presents will be...not even I know! Yes, I still have quite a bit of shopping to get done. Shit. When will I ever learn … [Read more...]

Two Festive Sides

Man it already feels like we have had Christmas with all the celebrations we have had this week. So nice to get a taste of it all before the big day plus it means that our quiet Christmas at the farm will be just that....quiet! I've made a few tasty sides at the two celebrations we have had … [Read more...]

Friends Christmas Dinner 2017

Somehow it's that time of the year where we catch up with our girlfriends for annual Christmas dinner. This year we were missing a couple who have already flown the coop over to snowy London for the holidays (lucky buggers) but we all caught up again for a delicious dinner. This year we went to … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with family Christmas Catch ups

Anyone else exhausted from a weekend of Christmas socialising? Me too! Too many bubbles, not enough water but SO much fun to catch up with people all weekend. We had a Shed party on Friday night, then on Saturday night I caught up with BOTH sisters (we flew my big sister up from Melbourne as a … [Read more...]

How to Build the Perfect Festive Platter

A sponsored post for Woolworths Do you have a signature Christmas dish or plate that you bring along to the endless soirees we all have coming up over the next few weeks? It might be those cute Christmas watermelon trees, your home made quiches or sausage rolls, or maybe like me, you get asked to … [Read more...]

The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

Girls night in: a Chinese banquet

What better time to have a girls dinner than at the end of the school holidays when everyone could use a little adult time and let off some steam? Last night we did just that when we came together for a delicious dinner at my friend Melissa's place. Usually it's a pot luck, everyone bring something … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with too many bubbles & not enough sleep

Didn't I limp to bed last night? Sheesh. I gave it a red hot go over the weekend in some pre birthday celebrations, which I suppose is exactly the thing to do when celebrating a big ticket item birthday like I will be this week. I wanted to share with you some of Saturday night as I had SO much fun … [Read more...]

Christmas in July soiree

Last night we all braved the freezing weather to head to my sister's place for a girls catch up. We love to do these dinners every so often you can have a look at some of the ones we have had in the past here: A birthday dinner for Miss Rabbit Christmas dinner 2016 Dinner at Cottonwood Interiors … [Read more...]

Winter warmer: slow cooked lamb shoulder

I've woken up this morning in sunny Brisbane after a warm winter's night - I arrived yesterday afternoon in 24 degree perfection. Queensland you certainly do winter right! Unlike the Highlands that has been in a permanent state of below zero to tops of about 10-12 every day. That said, I … [Read more...]

Sunny Sunday celebrations

Yesterday we celebrated my dear Step father's 70th birthday. Saturday night I was sitting on the couch and shared a few words about how important he is to me, and to all of us and I was amazed at the response it had. Here's what I shared with a simple snap on Instagram... "My Mum met my Step dad … [Read more...]

The best of the June long weekends

Here we are at the start of the June long weekend. One of my favourites in the whole year and always a big one in the village. For years now the ball always falls on the Saturday night of the long weekend, with the fireworks on the Sunday night and it always means that we have had a house full of … [Read more...]

A 3 celebration kind of weekend

From the moment that we got back from New York just over 5 weeks ago now, we have literally not stopped. We got in at 1am, up at 5am with the kids and it's been NON STOP. There have been family visits (lots of them) Easter and the fair and more visitors, babies being born, more family visits, school … [Read more...]

Easter 2017

How good is Easter Monday when you don't have anywhere to be, no traffic to deal with and an empty house after days filled with people and feeding and things to do? Very good! While I have been busy washing and restoring order I can report that it's almost midday and my bra is still not … [Read more...]