A precious death

In 2011 I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January. I knew I would be preoccupied the next day, so I decided to do Sunday’s Bible reading on Saturday evening. The set passage was Psalm 116. As I read the psalm, the following words jumped out at me: “Precious in the sight of the […] Read more…

Willis: A strong, determined man of faith

Willis. It’s not his given name. It’s a name Wei-Chih Lin chose for himself. At University, his English teacher wanted all students to have an English name. Willis searched the internet and a book of English names for one beginning with “W” because his Chinese name begins with “W”. He found “William”, which means “strong, determined”. […] Read more…

Ambrosia: A cool dessert

Ambrosia is always a hit with dinner guests, so I am often asked for my recipe. Mine is just one of many variations of this old-fashioned dessert. Perhaps you remember your mother, grandmother or great-grandmother making it. I don’t. Up until a couple of years ago, I hadn’t even heard of Ambrosia. It’s a new […] Read more…

Weihnachten: Christmas in Germany

Advent traditions, Christmas markets, traditional German Christmas food, Christmas trees, stars and nativity scenes, Christmas Eve celebrations … and the cold! These are the things I remember most about Weihnachten, Christmas in Germany. At Christmastime in 2015 my husband Tony and I visited our family in Germany. We arrived in late November 2015, just before […] Read more…

Zimtsterne

Last year, while visiting my family in Germany, I learnt how to make Zimtsterne, that is, Cinnamon Stars. Zimtsterne are traditional German Christmas biscuits sold at Christmas markets and in grocery stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland during Advent, the 3-4 weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many folk in these German-speaking countries bake their […] Read more…

Mons: Whose house is that?

Recently, I posted on Facebook a photograph of my great-grandparents’ house on their property Mons, Rannes, in Central Queensland. To my surprise, the photograph generated a huge response, especially when I posted it on Vintage Queensland and Central Queensland Old Pictures and Yarns Facebook pages.   As a result, I decided to tell this story […] Read more…

Remembering Brian Sara

On Thursday my husband and I attended a funeral. It was the funeral of Brian Edwin Sara, friend, much-loved brother in the Lord and member of St Andrew’s Anglican Church South Brisbane. The church was packed, as family members, parishioners, friends and representatives of the scouting movement and Brian’s tenpin bowling club gathered to honour […] Read more…

Banana Yoghurt Cake

I love bananas. My husband Tony loves them too. We add banana slices to our cereal, eat them whole as a snack and I use them in making desserts, cakes and muffins. They are always on my shopping list. The trouble with bananas, though, is that they often ripen before we have time to use […] Read more…

A 60th wedding anniversary

Yesterday afternoon Tony and I were privileged to attend Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Alwyn and Fay were married at Balimo in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea on October 4, 1956. The afternoon’s proceedings included introduction of family and special guests, afternoon tea, slideshow, special greetings, cutting the cake, hymn-singing, […] Read more…

Quiche and a taste of France

I am often asked to share my recipe for quiche. Recently a number of participants of the Conversational English program I coordinate at our church inquired about my quiche, and I promised to give them a copy of my recipe. Every couple of weeks I am on a roster to provide food for supper, which […] Read more…