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…

Braving the wild to revise the template of life

What does it feel like to brave the wild? To just step out there and walk a path into the unknown. To stand alone, struggle and trust that inner voice - whilst opening yourself up to allow the authentic self to emerge. To leap from that fast moving train that won’t slow down and reconnect…

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…