Fruity Baked Pork Rashers

Fruity Baked Pork Rashers is about pork and how Australian meat preferences have changed over the past 50 years or so. It features an easy recipe for cooking pork rashers, which you’ll find at the end of the post. The recipe Fruity Baked Pork Rashers is one my mother collected in the 1980s. At the […] Read more…

A precious death

Six years ago I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January 2011. 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 […] 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…

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