Zucchini and feta rice tarts

I had some cooked rice left over the other week. Normally, I would make fried rice, which is always quick and tasty. I tried something a bit different though, and tried making rice tarts with an eggy filling (like a quiche). I mixed up the cold rice with an egg and then pressed it into […]

Celeriac soup

Brrr! It’s been cold this week. Perfect weather for soup and sitting on the couch with the heater on. I don’t think I’ve ever had celeriac before this winter. It’s so unattractive with it’s brown knobbly surface that I never felt tempted to pick it up. Appearances can be deceiving though, and I’m glad I […]

Cafe Vue: Christmas in July cocktail night

Reading Claire’s and Cindy and Michael’s posts on the Cafe Vue cocktail evening finally spurred me into making a booking! On Friday evenings, Cafe Vue hosts a cocktail evening, where you get five small dishes paired with five cocktails for $75. There is a different theme each month, and this month’s theme is Christmas in […]


It’s good to have friends who go with the flow. We know people who, when we’ve taken them out for a meal and start walking through a food court, haven’t batted an eye. Now normally, I wouldn’t be recommending that you take your friends to a food court (not in Australia anyway). But there is […]

Chicken roasted with red wine & grapes

I am normally a bit suspicious of fruit with meat. But when I invited my friend Emily and her partner Mark over for lunch a while ago, I decided to test out this recipe on them. They had no idea they were being my guinea pigs. Fortunately, despite my general aversion to the fruit and […]

Waffles with cinnamon poached pears

Mhmmmm maple syrup… We had an indulgent breakfast on Sunday. I should’ve let us sleep in later to make it super indulgent. Instead, I made us get up early so I could make waffles! Unlike the last time I made waffles, I used a recipe that had baking powder instead of yeast. It was quick, […]

Chocolate cake

Yet another cake post. It’s starting to look like all I do is eat cake! I assure you it’s not the case. These cakes were for a special occasion – one of my “pod mates” at work had a birthday recently. Not just any birthday, but his 65th birthday! He is the loveliest person, so […]

New Zealand: Wairau River Wines, Blenheim

As mentioned previously, our weekend was spent in New Zealand for my father in law’s 60th birthday. Alastair’s sisters had organised the weekend, and had kept the fact that we were coming along a surprise. Malcolm was very moved when we showed up, which made the trip completely worth it. View from a random winery […]

New Zealand: Blenheim

We got back yesterday from a very brief three day visit to New Zealand. We were there for a special occasion – to attend Alastair’s father, Malcolm’s, 60th birthday party. We flew Jetstar (a budget airline) so there’s no plane food to show you, but I do have some random bits from our trip. The […]

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