Mohamed

Mohamed loves to cook. Last year, he offered to cook Lamb Biryani (a traditional Indian mixed rice dish) for my husband and me. We invited him to prepare it at our home, in our kitchen, so we could observe the process and share the meal with him afterwards. He agreed, and we invited three of […] Read more…

Barbecue Steak Marinade

In Australia where I live, no matter whether it’s Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring, it’s always a great time to share a barbecue meal with family or friends. Like many Australians, my husband and I love barbecues.  We especially enjoy outdoor barbecues.  There is something special about food – especially the steaks – cooked on […] Read more…

Pasta Bake

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments? Then this story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It is a follow-up to The Ubiquitous Carrot Cake (November 1, 2015), in which I shared some of our family traditions and explained why I think these traditions are […] Read more…

Snow Angels in Cottbus

My husband Tony and I arrived by train at Cottbus (Chósésbuz) at 12.40 pm on Tuesday 5 January. The outside temperature was -7 degrees Celcius and it was snowing. The sky was grey and visibility low in the dull light. Everywhere we looked the landscape was covered by a thick white blanket of snow. Tiny splashes […] Read more…

Korčula: This brought Tony to tears

When we visited the Island of Korčula in December 2004, it was 46 years since my husband Tony (born Ante Salečić) left the island and his hometown Korčula for far-away Australia. Tony’s childhood memories of Korčula Tony was in second grade at school when he left his homeland, and he remembers saying goodbye to his […] Read more…

Three buses and a ferry to Korčula

After an absence of 46 years, in December 2004, my husband Tony revisited his hometown, Korčula. I accompanied him. After spending an amazing 24 hours in Dubrovnik and filled with much excitement and anticipation, we headed for the bus terminal, to catch the bus to Korčula. Korčula is a small town on an island off […] Read more…

Tony’s mango chutney

My husband Tony does not cook.  He says he doesn’t want to cook.  He is happy to let me prepare all our meals; he cleans and washes up afterwards. It’s a good arrangement. It keeps us both happy. However, it is not strictly correct to say that Tony doesn’t cook. There is one thing he loves to […] Read more…

A loving gift, potent words

Have you ever struggled to choose a suitable farewell gift for a friend or friends moving away? How do you decide? Do you choose something you think they would like, or find useful, or is it something to remind them of you? One farewell gift my husband and I received many years ago turned out […] Read more…

Almond Bread (Biscotti)

Almond Bread is one of my favourite Christmas recipes. I have been making it for years, to give to friends and family as a special Christmas treat. The notation on my Almond Bread gift cards reads: “Serve just one slice with after dinner coffee or serve as a delightfully crisp biscuit with ice-cream.” Almond Bread […] Read more…

Christmas Cake Aussie-Style

A Christmas cake has always been an essential part of my family’s Christmas fare. The cake is usually prepared and baked 4-5 weeks before Christmas and stored in an air-tight container in a cool dry place until its grand appearance at the centre of the dinner table on Christmas Day.   Following the English and […] Read more…