Apologies to anyone who is on my author mailing list – you will have already seen this… The days are getting longer – and warmer. Sunrise is now well before 6am and Spring is definitely in the air. At the markets strawberries… Read More

Since making our sea-change to the Sunshine Coast, we’ve changed the way we shop. Rather than Woolworths or Coles being the one stop for all groceries, these days we buy meat from butchers and fruit and veg from the weekly farmer’s markets…. Read More

With apologies to my Scottish husband, I’ve long held a belief that the Scots invented whisky to make haggis more palatable – or to make you forget that you’d eaten it. Yes, I know there are plenty of people out there who… Read More

As part of our quest to buy local wherever possible, we took ourselves off to Hinterland Harvest Markets at Woombye last Saturday morning. It was a drizzly morning, but the produce was fabulous – as were the stallholders – and before we… Read More

Brownies are a bit of a favourite in our house, but then, so are chocolate chip cookies. So what better compromise than the brookie? I first came across this recipe on Masterchef last season. It was the episode where Matt and Nigella… Read More

I haven’t baked for weeks – not since before the house went on the market. It’s not just been about trying to avoid the mess… ok, maybe it has been. It’s just that it’s seemed as though most of my available time… Read More

Let’s have a chat about the pavlova – and no, I don’t care whether the Australians or the Kiwis invented it first, but I happen to think that Nigella has reinvented it. No longer is the pav a flattish disc of chewy… Read More

One of our must-haves at Christmas is potato scones for breakfast while we’re unwrapping presents – and making them is hubby’s Christmas Eve ritual. I think I’ve mentioned before how hubby was born in Scotland, and these scones are part of his heritage… Read More

In the spirit of blogging some Christmassy treats, allow me to present to you my rum balls. I’ve been making these since I was a teenager, so be warned, they are seriously daggy. They are also seriously sweet, so if you’re on… Read More

Although I’m rarely tempted by sweets (despite the amount of baking that I do), I have difficulty resisting cheese and biscuits. These days, however, cheese doesn’t like me as much as I like it – although that’s getting a tad into too… Read More