Jamie Oliver’s Italian bread and cabbage soup

July 16, 2012
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Cold wintery nights cry out for warm crackling fires, steaming cups of mulled wine and hearty, belly warming comfort food. That’s exactly what’s on the itinerary when the Co-pilot and I head up to Wollombi, a sleepy little town south of the Hunter Valley for a few days of sorely needed relaxation. We’re staying at […]

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Rabbit borscht

June 2, 2010
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Winter is the perfect time to be in the Blue Mountains – the air is crisp and cold and despite piling on all your woollen knits, your breath hangs like dense white foggy clouds in the air. It’s the perfect excuse for nights in next to crackling fires, and watching TV whilst snuggling under doonas. […]

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A wintery Christmas in July (or December)

December 2, 2009
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Christmas in July. No that’s not a misprint. I’m a little behind on my posts, and some lovely friends gently reminded me of this a few weekends ago. We settle down with flutes of Veuve Clicquot and nibbles as other guests bustle in, faces flushed from the cold mountain air, armfuls of winter jackets being […]

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Worried about swine flu? Do as I do and develop a porcine obsession

May 20, 2009

I’ve always been a reluctant but astute student of reverse psychology. If you tell me I shouldn’t eat a particular food, I instantly develop some form of all-consuming craving for it. So I know there is much concern about swine flu at the moment, but it seems porcine is firmly on my mind and on […]

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Chowder! It’s called chowder!

April 5, 2009

The title of this post may be lost on you unless you’re a fan of The Simpsons. I’ve always wanted to make chowder. I’ve had a few chowders around the place, but I suspect they’re nothing like the real deal clam chowders you get in Southern USA. Nonetheless I was going to give it a […]

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