Tea for Two

Have you ever thought of greeting the morning with a cup of English Breakfast, passing the afternoon with Darjeeling and spending late nights with Jasmine or Chamomile? That’s how one leading English connoisseur of tea structures his day – and let’s not underestimate his enthusiasm.  He even carries his own tea with him when he … Continue reading

London’s Golden After Glow

Spring might have sprung down under, but it’s so warm, balmy and green in London at present that it feels as if  spring is in the air here too. And the celebratory mood is infectious. Everywhere I go, people are picnicking in parks and on village greens, deck chairs are spread out under leafy trees … Continue reading

Spring is in the air…

I went out in the Spring To gather the young herbs, So many petals were falling, Drifting in confused flight, That I lost my way. – Ki No Tsurayuki, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese It’s time to lighten up.  Now that Spring has arrived, the days are lengthening, the sun is brighter and … Continue reading

It’s Healthy Bones Week

English cookery writer Constance Spry once advised that the first step towards making a perfect junket was to use milk “warm from the cow.” Quaint, eh? I remember many years ago when we were living in the country and my mother would send my sister and I to collect the daily pail of milk from … Continue reading

Coffs Coast Harvest

Have you noticed how NSW food and wine regions are beginning to promote themselves? They’ve become more sophisticated in their marketing, giving Victoria a run for its money. It’s about time. Last week a charming little book,  Coffs Coast Harvest, landed on my doorstep. It reminded me of another recent publication, Locavore, a foodies guide to … Continue reading

Don’t Poke the Bangers

Kim Terakes would like a dollar for every time he’s gone through the steps for cooking the perfect steak and bangers. At the recent launch of the Inland NSW Tourism BBQ Challenge, Terakes had a few words of advice for George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing. Souris, who enjoys cooking … Continue reading

How To Taste Liquid Gold

Which country is the world’s largest producer of olive oil? If you said Spain, you’re right. But were you aware that if you planted all of Spain’s olive trees five metres apart, they would circle the world twenty one times? It’s a staggering figure of almost 283 million trees, covering 2.5 million hectares.  Spain produces … Continue reading
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