The ultimate paddock-to-plate cooking experience in Tasmania

It was one of those rare moments where I got the opportunity to experience something that I have always wanted to do - something that has been on my bucket list for a very long time - well, over 10 years to be exact - and something that is very close to my heart. A…

The gift of lemons to nourish the soul

Recently, I have been blessed with lots of lemons. So much, that to begin with, I was just not quite sure what to do with them! A very good problem to have! My children have picked lemons from our family tree, I have received them from local friends, and a couple of weeks ago, I…

Sicilian quince jam and sweets to transport you back home

I popped passed my sister-in-law Ellen’s place last Sunday to go for a bike ride with my brother-in-law John. I was pleasantly surprised to see a very small quince tree in her front yard with some rather large quinces growing. I was excited and immediately got out my phone to take a photo! I just…

Paying homage to my Nonna Giovanna Barone

Today I visited the Bentleigh Farmers Market with a very dear friend. I woke quite early with a sense of excitement and anticipation in the hope that my favourite stall holders were going to be there. The sun was out - the air was fresh - and the sweet scent of spring blooms were engulfing us…

Stunning Port Phillip Estate at Red Hill

On Saturday I visited Port Phillip Estate at Red Hill to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary with my family. Port Phillip Estate is a beautiful winery in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula 80kms south of Melbourne. Since the early 1970’s wineries were starting to establish in the area and this is a fine example…