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…

How a cancer diagnosis changed the course of my life

It was one of those defining moments in time that I will never forget. I woke up last October at 5:30am and felt a very strong ‘pull’ to walk outside in my night gown. With my bare feet I touched the soft wet grass in my back yard and looked at one of my beautiful…

There is just something so special about coffee

There is just something so special about coffee. How can this rather beautiful hot drink made from the roasted ground bean-like seed of a tropical shrub invoke feelings of the giving of affection, calm solitude and reflection and the coming together of loved ones in a social setting? Everyone knows a roasted coffee bean, but…

Sharing Sicilian Ricotta Cannoli with Inspirational Women

Today is the launch of my first blog post - thank you for stopping by. It also just happens to be my birthday this week - which I love to celebrate every year. Having a birthday party sounds rather ‘over the top’ for this ‘40 something year old’ and as I sent out the invites…