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Friendly Friday – Comfort Food

My resourceful co-host Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles has allocated Comfort Food for the Weekly Prompt for Friendly Friday. Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven. And for me, any kind of berry and a dash of chocolate in any form is comfort food. To save confusion, you can find the link to… Continue reading Friendly Friday – Comfort Food

Cakes, cookies, biscuits and Home Bake, Community, Food

Discover a New Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

In these strange times of pandemic, we are called to act differently from the norm. We adjust our lifestyle to accommodate the lock downs and social distancing, according to our own countries. I like to think of it as the beginning of something new, rather than something lost. A New Kind of Photography Challenge With… Continue reading Discover a New Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Community

Buy one thing

Come on Aussie, come on. Support our smaller shops doing it tough. Buy just one thing from our smaller gift shops to keep them going through this crisis, or when it is over, we won't have those beautiful shops to browse through. Your purchase doesn't have to cost much. Australians are renowned for their community… Continue reading Buy one thing

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Australia, Food

What’s Cooking at Home

Are the supermarket shelves emptying of your standard pasta sauce? The solution is to Make Your Own. It is not hard, says Nat. 'Nat's What you Reckon,' will tell you how. He is rough, ready and he hates jar sauces and processed food. Yet, this guy can cook. Hidden behind this tough exterior are really… Continue reading What’s Cooking at Home

Travel

Michelin Meals in Japan

Most of us have heard of Michelin stars. That system of rating restaurants according to the results of reviews on consistency and presentation of food, quality and mastery of technique. But Michelin stars can be a fickle thing. They come and go, as a famous French restaurant, formerly run by Paul Bocuse, found out recently… Continue reading Michelin Meals in Japan

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Food, History & Traditions

Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

I have been following Moons' blog, Bits and Pieces for some time now and read her post on a traditional form of Chai style tea that originated from Calcutta, as well as the beautiful traditions that surround this drink and its preparation. She's challenged the blogging community to write about a drink that is a… Continue reading Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

orange and cinnamon cake
Cakes, cookies, biscuits and Home Bake, Community, Food

Ten Minute Orange Cake Recipe

Reminiscing about my Danish Grandmother who used to cook Orange cake for Sunday afternoon tea, I remembered how, as a child, I looked forward to visiting her house as I could smell the aroma of baking, as we arrived. Anyone can find ten minutes to spare, right? How long does it take to post on… Continue reading Ten Minute Orange Cake Recipe

Community, Food

Nutty Rice

I was recently asked for a way to get folks and children to eat brown rice. "Disguise it with yummy additions," I said. Or use the recipe below: So far it hasn't met with rejection. [Just don't tell anyone this is actually Brown Rice for then staunch haters of brown rice will gobble this up!!]… Continue reading Nutty Rice

Community

Eat Like the Japanese

It seems like the only people I have seen in Japan carrying extra kilos, (Sumo wrestlers notwithstanding), has been more often than not, Australian tourists - like me! I was thinking that there was something in this. Perhaps it should be a wake up call for Aussie lifestyle and diets. At breakfast the morning after… Continue reading Eat Like the Japanese

Community

Turning Japanese

How do you spend two weeks travelling Japan, with a teenager in tow, during the season of the 'Crimson Leaves?' By seeing incredible nature and having numerous experiences, good, bad, funny and serious, but all of them, unique. In fact, sometimes I felt like this old eighties song: https://youtu.be/dx3HA-F8iVE Leaving Australia I was a little… Continue reading Turning Japanese

Community

Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Decorations are in the shops from August in some places, carols are playing over the speakers in shopping centres, and Christmas comes earlier and becomes more commercialized every year. Even kids are organized early, these days. When my children were younger, a lengthy Christmas wish list of various items ranging in price from in expensive… Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Ideas