In My Kitchen – December 2014

Welcome to my Kitchen for the month of December. The very last one for 2014, and what a year it’s been. My first year blogging.

Warning: You may overdose on Christmas Spirit if you choose to read any further. Seriously. It’s like The North Pole spewed Christmas throughout my house after a big night on the eggnog. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


On a day of Christmas baking and Bing.


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Aria, Sydney – A Review



A recent trip to Sydney to see the London Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, with my Dad, was cause for celebration. The LSO hadn’t been to Australia in 30 years, I’ve never been inside the Opera House and I’ve never seen an Orchestra live. I’m a late comer to Classical music and I enforce encourage the listening of the ABC Classical radio channel on my children both in the car and via the bluetooth speaker at home. They love it. Not. Anyway, mum offered me her seat to see the LSO, with my dad, as she’s not a fan and my dad is a massive one. It’s only right that the two of us traveled to Sydney to be enthralled by some serious Russian compositions. And, boy, were we what!

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A friend, a bag of rhubarb and a box of blood oranges


My friend Judy is a guru in the garden. I thought I had a super summer garden last year, but frankly, I’m a novice. A complete garden virgin. I planted my first productive garden in Nov 2013, and our haul of tomatoes, basil, peppers and chilli’s was pretty impressive for a first timer. Our winter garden completely and utterly sucked the proverbial. Could have something to do with planting out the well looked after seedlings into a pretty frozen garden bed, such is the rush into winter in Canberra. Oh well, better luck next season.  Continue reading

Penny University – A review


I don’t get out to the “On Trend” restaurants much these days. It’s all about the clubs with the playgrounds and the occasional suburban restaurant for dinner with girlfriends. And considering I live in Tuggeranong, I rarely get to the other side of town unless it’s for a specific event. But my team wanted to go somewhere nice and trendy for a mini farewell, as I was leaving them to come back to work in Tuggeranong for a couple of months. Yay, blessed Tuggeranong. For the next 3 months, my whole world is within a 20km radius, which is perfect for the warmer weather and my kids. I may not have to leave Tuggeranong at all. But I will. So, one of the younguns booked a table at Penny University for lunch. I drove, seeing that I have the soccer mum 7 seater, and assumed I knew where it was in Kingston, it’s not a big place, afterall. Completely wrong side of Kingston is where I parked. And do you think of any of my passengers decided to tell me this? Nuh.  Continue reading

In My Kitchen – November 2014

Welcome to my Kitchen for the month of November. I don’t know about you, but I can see, smell and feel Christmas from here. Tis only a Reindeer pellet throw away. I adore Christmas and everything to do with the season. I feel instant cheer when I see Christmas decorations, when I hear Christmas carols, and when I think of the food I’ll make and consume over the festive period. I can’t wait to see all my extended family, and I spend weeks thinking of ways to make it as enjoyable as possible for all my close friends and family, to extend the welcome to my home, to create new traditions and to make as many life long memories as possible for my kids. Quite frankly, stick me a white faux fur trimmed red velvet skirt suit and I’m Mrs Fricken Clause. In my kitchen this month, you may notice a theme.

Christmas Cheer

Buddy, my cheeky little elf after visiting Santa and high fiving him. Progress.

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A weekend of good food, good friends and close family. Grateful.


It was Tweenie’s 12th birthday this month, and when asked what kind of cake she wanted, her answer was quick. Chocolate. Chocolate mudcake. The kid loves chocolate anything. If I introduced her to chocolate insects, she’d probably delight in another food group that she could just add chocolate to. She didn’t want a party, she just wanted to go to the Hellenic Club (biggest playground EVA) for dinner and have 3 friends for a sleep over. Bless her, she’s a simple girl, friends and family, those are the two things that make her world go round. That is not a flattering first thing in the morning photo of me, but my girl is too gosh darn gorgeous, I don’t care what I look like.  Continue reading

Snapper by The Lake @ The Yacht Club, Canberra Southern Cross Club – Review


What better view of Canberra’s iconic Black Mountain Tower (or Telstra Tower to us oldies) could there be? I’m standing out the front of the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s reinvention of the Fish n Chip cafe/kiosk at the Yacht Club. And my thoughts on Canberra’s newest Fish and Chippery, Snapper? Fan-fishin-tastic. I don’t know what I like more about the place? The location – watching the yachts and Canberra’s dragon boats gliding across the still, blue waters of Lake Burley Griffin, with the sun shining down, and a warm breeze making the water lap at the edges of the green, green grass?

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