The puzzle, the thief & the casserole

It’s been a long time between recipe posts, but I made a corker on Sunday night that I wanted to share with you. It’s a variation on a slow-cooked Mexican beef dish I’ve posted previously, but I’ve pimped it up with chipotles in adobo sauce and cheesy cornbread dumplings. Are you in? Forgive the dodgy […]

The hermit emerges

How was your weekend? Mine was all over the place, literally and figuratively. Actually, on the literal front I was mainly on the road to DD’s place. It’s a pity I didn’t earn Frequent Flyer points each time I drove the 40 minutes north over the Christmas break – I’d have enough for free flights […]

Popping corks and paella salad

How was your New Year’s Eve? Mine was lovely and relaxed, spent on my sister’s deck with a glass of wine in my hand. I feel a little guilty saying that when so many people spent the night fighting bushfires or huddling in evacuation centres and on beaches to escape the flames. I shed tears […]

Hot stuff

DD is getting so svelte he’s had to go shopping for smaller pants … but that’s not the hot stuff I’m talking about. (Although I did make him do a reluctant twirl in the Coronary Care Unit at the hospital on Saturday so my mum could check out his fitness progress. She was very impressed. […]

PMT, pests and Pinky’s avos

I’ve been a bit of a cranky pants this week. Bloody PMT, it puts me off kilter. I wake with a sigh rather than a spring in my step. My pouting hasn’t been helped by one of the kids returning from holidays with nits. My ex bought nit shampoo at the chemist when they got […]

She won!

The youngest is pretty stoked: she’s the Pacific region winner of the CBRE Kids’ Christmas Card Design Competition. She submitted a Santa drawing she did last year when she was 9, but she won as a 10-year-old. Here it is: The prize is a $100 gift voucher plus the honour of her name being mentioned […]

Salt on my skin (and penne carbonara)

I forgot to tell you … I finally got my ocean swim after that damn When Life Gives You Bluebottles incident … and it was glorious. I felt a bit reckless because there were still a few dessicated bluebottles scattered on the sand, but it felt soooooo good to submerge in those salty waves. I […]

Food for thought

It still confounds me that someone who was so obsessed with cooking … me … doesn’t care  any more. The kids and I generally rotate between a few favourites: spag bol, home crumbed salmon and baked fries, chicken stir-fry … Pre marriage failure I was constantly in the kitchen experimenting. I was a professional food […]

Now THAT calls for a martini

My boss is a very observant woman. She saw how excited everyone was by the espresso martinis during our team-building/cocktail-making night at Eau de Vie last week …   … so she secretly ordered us DIY kits so we could recreate them at home. How thoughtful is that? She plonked one on each desk mid-afternoon […]

Fortifying myself

My new job involves the occasional bottle of booze landing on my desk to take for a spin. Poor me. The latest treat was McWilliam’s Wines Spice Royale. As I noted on drinks central earlier this week, McWilliam’s Wines has released a new range of flavoured fortifieds: Strawberry Delight, Spice Royale and Espresso Press. Russell Cody, McWilliam’s […]