Dida’s Caramel Slice

Last year, around this time, Tony and our grandchildren made caramel slice. Given that our grandchildren were coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in the school holidays, Tony planned a cooking activity for them. He chose to make caramel slice. He found a recipe for caramel slice in a Coles advertising catalogue (03/06/2015) […] Read more…

Doctor Thorne on location

Have you heard of Lacock or Tyntesfield? Do you know where they are located? What is noteworthy about these two places? Lacock and Tyntesfield are two stunning National Trust properties in England, chosen from time to time as locations for film and television productions. Doctor Thorne, a three-part British television series recently shown on ABC TV […] Read more…

Ben and Elsie

I met Ben when he was 92 years old. I never met Elsie. My husband Tony met Ben and his wife Elsie four years earlier, when Ben was 88 and Elsie 97. It was soon after Tony was appointed by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Rockhampton as Assistant to the Minister. Ben and Elsie were no […] Read more…

Kentish cake and slice of history

The Kentish cake was one of my mother’s specialties. I remember her baking Kentish cake often when I was a child (I wrote about this in Pasta Bake). As well as my mother’s Kentish cake recipe, this story includes a “slice of history”: food and home cooking in Australia in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s a […] Read more…

My mother, a young woman

This story is a Mother’s Day tribute to my late mother, Evelyn. It is about my mother as a young woman, during the 1930s and 1940s, in the years before I was born. It reveals a lively, courageous and competent young woman. It is a personal story, but one that I hope inspires, challenges and […] Read more…

The Neuendorf Connection

This year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. On 16 March 2016, I posted the following message and photograph on my Love in a little black diary Facebook page: “My dear followers, especially those of you who live in PNG. Do you know any of these people – and their […] Read more…

Bung-in Cake

The “Bung-in Cake” is my all-time favourite recipe. If there was one recipe I could not do without, this is it! I have been using this recipe successfully for as long as I can remember. It was given to me by a special aunt. Every time I make a “Bung-in Cake” I remember her. You […] Read more…

Easter in Jordan

In 2012, after spending Easter in Germany: Bavaria, my husband Tony and I travelled to Jordan, in the Middle East, where we celebrated Easter for a second time. That year, the Eastern and Orthodox Christian churches, following the Julian calendar, observed Easter one week later than the Western Christian churches. Easter in Jordan: What a […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Four years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Germany, then one week later, in Jordan. This story is about our experience of Easter with our extended family in the southern German state of Bavaria in April 2012. We stayed with them for 11 days. During that time, they showed […] Read more…