Travelling South

I’ve wanted to dine at Bannisters at Mollymook on the NSW south coast ever since celebrity chef Rick Stein put his name to it 15 months ago. With a few days to spare this week, we decided to take a short break and base ourselves near Mollymook beach. Bannisters is set on a tree-studded northern … Continue reading

“Pick Your Own” Berries

After my successful stone-fruit picking trip to Bilpin last week, I decided to head to the Southern Highlands to try my hand at berry picking. I’d once visited Cuttaway Raspberry Farm just north of Berrima, and had heard about Montrose Berry Farm at Sutton Forest.  When I emailed to find out if they were open, … Continue reading

A Stol(l)en Recipe

Each year, a week or so before Christmas, friends of mine hold an annual Christmas tree trim party, an American tradition they’ve claimed as their own.  Guests are invited to bring along a tree trinket “to add to its glamour, or liquid to keep it moist”. It’s a fabulous idea and the tree is one … Continue reading

Red Berry Jelly

This splendid shimmering centrepiece which will impress guests is a good one to do for Christmas.  Even better, it’s low-fat and not difficult to make.  You can substitute sparkling apple juice for the champagne if just for kids.  You can double the quantities if you have a larger mould to make an even more impressive … Continue reading

Mudgee Farmstead Cheese-Making

It’s not every day I hold a warm newborn baby kid in my arms.  And it’s not every day I’m asked to squeeze the soft full udder of an Anglo-Nubian goat and express its milk. But then I’m not a goat farmer. I do, however, love soft goat cheeses and jumped at the opportunity to … Continue reading
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