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chinese garlic

So my little tweet on Saturday after a visit to Jan Power’s Farmers Markets has resulted in those markets announcing they will no longer allow Chinese garlic to be sold. YAY!  [click to continue…]


Not many people know that I studied music throughout high school and at one stage wanted a career in that field. Not as a performer – far too shy and definitely not enough talent. Plus, too many competing interests meant I would never be as dedicated to my art as I needed to be for the success that would allow me to make a living. [click to continue…]

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Borough Market

London – Borough Market

I was only meant to have one day in London on my whirlwind visit to England to see a load of friends and relatives, so I asked twitter and Facebook how I should spend it. Thanks to all those who replied – many of you said I must go to Borough Market, which was heartening as it was also the #1 place on my list to visit! [click to continue…]


With the exception of work travel and a couple of long weekends to New Zealand, it’s been many, many years since I travelled solo internationally. By many I mean nearly 25. So it’s safe to say I was a little apprehensive when I left Brisbane nearly three weeks ago.

However, I’m in the groove, and apart from the occasional crappy day (hello wet and cold and miserable day in Istanbul), it’s been awesome. [click to continue…]

Basilica Cistern

It has been a long, long time since I’ve had a day like today, either as a tourist, or just in general. I really should have just stayed in bed.

I was wet, cold and miserable all day. Let’s just say I had my grumpy face on.

I awoke to freezing temperatures and a cold, wet pizzle (my new-found word for a steady drizzle of rain). By the time I eventually made it out, the wind had also picked up, and decided to laugh at my efforts to use my umbrella. My brand new umbrella. The one that is now in the bin in pieces. Sigh. [click to continue…]


My monthly in my kitchen post this month comes to you from Paris, where I have been visiting my aunt and uncle for the last week, as part of a fabulous holiday.

One of my favourite features of the in my kitchen posts is that they are written by bloggers around the world – I’m always intrigued to see what kitchens outside Australia have in them, and I’m often in awe of the goodies I see. Over this past week in Paris it has truly been wonderful to explore all the little boulangerie, boucherie, fromagerie, épicerie and other specialty food shops around this glorious city.  [click to continue…]


Bonjour Paris!

It’s been nearly 25 years since my last visit to Paris, and while I would like to say it hasn’t really changed, it probably has. A lot. As that’s what 25 years does to a town! [click to continue…]

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