Thanks to a really cheap and cheerful brunch*, I can afford to enjoy this beaut by the harbour. Crunchy banana caramel bathed in Guylian hot chocolate. Nom.
Talk about value for money – there’s enough here for 2 servings!
What’s your go-to cafe treat?
*I have set a daily budget for food/activities for the next month/until I start earning $$$
Posted in Australia, Food, Travel
Tagged australia, cafe culture, chocolate, darling harbour, drink, food, hot chocolate, indulging, sydney, treat
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
Tuesday 23rd December
Posted in Australia, Christmas, Family, Food, Travel
Tagged clownfish, cockatoo, cocktail, coral, family, fish, food, great barrier reef, hamilton island, holiday, nemo, reef, restaurants, snorkelling, swimming, Travel, water, whitsundays
IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAAAAAAAS!!!
As I write this blog…
Well, it’s December and that has to count for something. If there’s one thing Europe is good at – and it’s good at many things – it’s Christmas markets. So when winter rolls around, there’s only one thing to do…and I did it on Sunday. After all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of the ol’ festivities and this year is going to be poles apart (literally) from what we’re used to!
Posted in Christmas, Family, Food, London, Uncategorized
Tagged Birmingham, Christmas, Christmas Market, europe, festive, food, friends, German, london, Market, UK, Worcester
…buy groceries from farm shops! Things may cost a few more pennies, but you won’t get fresher or more British foods anywhere else! My Grandparents are fortunate to have a number of excellent farm shops within a ten minute drive.
I’m spending some time living with my grandparents in this run up to my visiting Australia. Yesterday I got an insight in to what they do during their extremely busy social lives. My first “grown up” wine do’ at Vintner’s hall in London. I almost wore a dress, but didn’t in the end. I’m not a dressy person. Thankfully, whilst the men wore black tie, the women dressed in a more smart/casual way.
Posted in Family, Food, French, London
Tagged beef, chapitre, dinner, evening dress, experience, food, France, london, panna cotta, sacavin, vintners, wine
Yesterday my family and I met at a lovely restaurant The Sheene Mill for Christmas lunch. Tad early, I know, but we usually spend every Christmas together – this year some of us will be in Australia, the others cruising the Norwegian fjords! So naturally, we had to do SOMETHING together.
Food was great, atmosphere was great – I’d highly recommend it – but the company was the best!! Family is most important to me and I feel lucky that we are able to get together like this from time to time.
Hand picked scallops with a cauliflower purée, sesame snaps and chocolate glaze.
Home made Petit fours (L – R) fudge, mince pie, dark chocolate truffle, apricot jelly
Posted in Family, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged australia, british, celebration, Christmas, eating out, family, fjords, food, fudge, jelly, Melbourn, mince pie, Norway, restaurant, Sheene Mill, skype, summer, truffle
I have many fond memories of my Nan; her humour, honesty, stories of years past, her bitter-sweet love of travel, her love of music (particularly THIS song), her loyalty to her late husband and her adoration of her family to name just a few. Random little things we realised we had in common when I stayed with her last summer – apparently we even had the same shower/bath routine…Nan found this particularly hilarious.
Something she taught me when I was a wee lass, was how to make pasta from scratch. That is one memory that I have engrained and will remember forever. She called me and my sister in to her kitchen up in Scotland – I was probably about 9 years old, my sister 6 – and told us she would teach us how to make pasta the proper/Italian way. I’m not sure if my sister stuck around long, never the sort to sit still as a child, but I was engrossed.
Home made egg pasta – Nonna’s recipe
Posted in Family
Tagged Banana Boat Song, carbonara, family, flowers, food, Harry Belafonte, inspiration, italian, love, memories, nanny, nonna, pasta, recipe