Easy Chicken Stock – Bone Broth Recipe

“The quest for slowness, which begins as a simple rebellion against the impoverishment of taste in our lives, makes it possible to rediscover taste.” ~ Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement   When you’ve roasted a chicken (see my easy roast chicken recipe here) the scrapings from the pan, and the frame and […]

Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

“Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.” ~ Julia Child   I was about to roast a chicken yesterday morning when a friend popped in. “Can you wait just a minute while I get this roast ready” I asked her. She looked at me as if I was from another planet. “Seriously? How long will that […]

Cedric Snake’s New Girlfriend!

“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” ~ Mae West, Wit & Wisdom of Mae West   There is an enormous carpet python who lives in the roof of our farmhouse, and has done for many years. We christened him Cedric, after my maternal grandfather. Last year Cedric had a girlfriend who […]

Gentle Rain

“The only noise now was the rain, pattering softly with the magnificent indifference of nature for the tangled passions of humans.” ~ Sherwood Smith   I’ve lain awake for much of the night, listening first to a thunderstorm, and later, to the gentle sound of rain falling. I can hear the gurgle of rain in the gutters, […]

Zucchini Bread Recipe – Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

“When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow   I should have titled this post The Great Zucchini Loaf Challenge! I have a friend who is always telling me that they positively hate zucchini. This friend last ate zucchini thirty years ago at boarding school. They tell me […]

Remembering The Unknown Soldier – ANZAC DAY 2014

 “He is all of them, and he is one of us.” – Inscription on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Australian War Memorial   This ANZAC Day is particularly poignant for me. Today I can finally acknowledge my grandfather and the role he played with the No. 1 Wireless Operations Unit in World War Two. For me, my grandfather […]

Excuse me, are you the Witch?

“Perhaps I am the only person who, asked whether she were a witch or not, could truthfully say, “I do not know. I do know some very strange things have happened to me, or through me. – Lady Alice Rowhedge” ~ Norah Lofts, Bless This House   Last year the little girl from down the road at our city house knocked […]

Sometimes You Have to Be The Warrior

“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” ~ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel   2014 is a BIG […]

A Boat Called Insomnia

“But Pooh couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of […]

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