Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding

This post, which features Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding, is all about puddings. It includes puddings my grandmother and mother made as well as my favourite puddings. Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding is one of my favourites (as you will discover). I remember my mother making it often during the winter months as a comforting warm dessert to end […] Read more…

Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding via @jsalecich

Grandparenting: Ain’t it Grand

This story is about grandparenting. It’s a compilation of strategies and examples of activities my husband Tony and I have found helpful in building strong loving relationships with our grandchildren. The examples cover what I call face-to-face and long-distant grandparenting. If you are a parent or grandparent, our ideas and practical examples may be of […] Read more…

Grandparenting: Ain’t it Grand via @jsalecich

Dida’s Caramel Slice

Last year, around this time, my husband 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 […] Read more…

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Ben and Elsie: A love story

I met Ben when he was 92 years old. I never had the pleasure of meeting 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 […] Read more…

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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…

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My mother, a young woman

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

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The Neuendorf Connection

Earlier this year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. This is how I went about it. 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 […] Read more…

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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…

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Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake

People we love and who have had a big influence in our lives: How do we honour them? What is the connection between Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake? Dulcie was a special aunt. She and her husband tried but were unable to have children; I think I was to her the daughter she hoped for […] Read more…

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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…

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Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Several years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Bavaria, 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 […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: Bavaria via @jsalecich

Mohamed and his Lamb Biryani

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…

Mohamed and his Lamb Biryani via @jsalecich

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. That’s why my mother’s steak marinade recipe is used so often. It’s just perfect for preparing steaks for a barbecue. Like many Australians, my husband and I […] Read more…

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Pasta Bake (and family traditions)

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments?  Then my story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It’s a follow-up story 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…

Pasta Bake (and family traditions) via @jsalecich

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…

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