Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin  RRP $24.99 This is a delicious “word of mouth” book!   I was told about this book in mouth watering detail from my friend Joan who is a super cook.  … “new wine, new oil, all those chestnuts, fat porcini smelling of loam and the ages, figs dripping honey, […]



Onion and Sage Focaccia by Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Published by Plum, RRP $44.99, Photography by Armelle Habib Remember in the 90s when focaccia was all about roasted ‘mediterranean’ vegetables and LOTS of semi-dried tomatoes? I sure do, and although it served a purpose, let me tell you, focaccia is neither daggy nor outdated. In fact, […]



Another foodie home memory from our Fave Food Memories! When I was very small, we lived in a Federation house in a street of remarkably similar houses. The street was lined with camphor laurel trees, there were jacarandas everywhere, and roses and nasturtiums were top of the pops in the large gardens. It was wartime, […]


Friends’ Favourite Food Memories

Eating in the Fifties Remember… Pasta had not been invented.  It was macaroni or spaghetti.  Curry was a surname.  A take-away was a mathematical problem.  Pizza?  Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.  Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.  All chips were plain.  Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.  Tea was made […]


Three aunts and a baby

Great aunts, actually. Since Poppy arrived last June, we’ve inched a generation along the family tree. It’s yet to be decided whether we’ll earn our new moniker.  The call to arms came over a text: “Hello, Aunties, is anyone free to babysit Poppy on Saturday night? We won’t be late.” It was a scramble to […]



Some friends share.  GARY’S BEST EVER BREAKFAST. Entre was an abandoned dance around the Café Neon, where Kominos the owner penciled food orders on the white marble counter top.    As a regular, my order of tomato salads and 8 drachma bottles of ouzo was often sneakily added to by friends who were travelling in […]


The Global Vegan

Hello! My name is Ellie. Some of you may know me from my plant-based recipe blog and Instagram account, Elsa’s Wholesome Life. I published my first book in 2017 and I am very excited to be back with even more delicious vegan recipes, inspired by the incredible cuisines from countries I have visited in my […]


A special recipe from a special friend (with help from

Todd Alexander is an author and a friend who lives in the Hunter Valley with his partner Jeff where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business called Block Eight.  Todd recently visited the Manning Valley to promote his memoir, “Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga” published by Simon & Schuster […]


Nutrition, Wellbeing and Menopause

Someone once said to me, “If only they had told me about the weight gain that can occur as a result of menopause, then I would have done something earlier”.  It becomes a battle for women, particularly between the ages of 45 and 55 when they unwillingly ‘climb’ through the symptoms of menopause. As a […]



Pinch of Nom by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone is published by Bluebird, RRP$39.99 and is available in all good bookstores. This is a good winter warmer dish that combines the gentle heat of Cuban spices with tender beef, which you can cook in the oven, or using a pressure or slow cooker. Serve with […]


The Village

Matt and Lentil. Published by Plum, RRP $45.00 Available in all good bookstores. Related PostsSATURDAY NIGHT PASTAASSISTANCE TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS