Monthly Archives: December 2014

Festive food: Christmas Day in pictures

      Words to follow later this week.

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Not dreaming of a white Christmas …

… but we are remembering one Our first visit to France was in 2009 and we arrived in Paris in the second week of December. The first three days were sunny but more and more chilly. Then, on our fourth … Continue reading

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Festive food: delicious retro lunch

My mother and father have resided in a nursing home since early 2012. Mum has severe Alzheimer’s disease and can no longer be taken out of the home. Dad has some physical issues but is strong mentally and his appetite … Continue reading

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Beaune-inspired-and-infused chicken dinner

This is the second-to-last of the many dishes that we enjoyed during our travels in Europe earlier this year and have since added to our repertoire. (Tafelspitz will be the last but that is a project for winter 2015.) We … Continue reading

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Festive food: the ham

Maggie and I both enjoy ham. Through much of the year, we buy two types of sliced ham – one lightly smoked, branded as Grandmother Ham, with a lovely texture that is perfect for sandwiches; the other, a triple-smoked ham … Continue reading

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I spy, with my little eye …

… something beginning with ‘k”. Ketchup? No, it’s known as tomato sauce in my part of the world. Not kangaroo either; that said, I’ve eaten it willingly enough in restaurants or Aboriginal communities, but we haven’t cooked any at home. … Continue reading

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Pig on a carpet ride?

Last night’s dinner was tasty and refreshing – Weber-roasted pork ribs; a salad of orange, fennel, sesame seeds, carrot and beetroot; and some Basmati rice. The pork had been marinated overnight in a wet paste of berbere spice mix, cumquat-infused … Continue reading

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Not rushin’ this dessert

Most Australians are very fond of strawberries; Maggie and I are active members of this majority. We use them in several ways: with meringues, on a cheese and cream tart, in a fruit salad with banana and fresh pineapple, with … Continue reading

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Busy-ness but not as usual

Out for dinner, three times in nine evenings. Working for a political party for the first time in 25 years. No new recipes to share. Definitely not the usual program! Not that we’ve suddenly come into some money and commenced a tour … Continue reading

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The other omelet

In my recent post about some of the ways we use the fresh tarragon from our garden, I wrote about what I call my ‘French omelet’. I mentioned that I make a second omelet, with mushrooms, parsley and cheese. I’ve just … Continue reading

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