Australia

The wonder of Christmas in Vienna

Fourteen years ago my husband Tony and I spent Christmas in Vienna. We travelled from Brisbane, Australia, to spend Christmas with our son who lived in Vienna at the time. It was my first visit to Europe and my first experience of Christmas in the northern hemisphere. In this Christmas story, I want to transport […] Read more…

The wonder of Christmas in Vienna

My father: A Croatian-Aussie battler

This story is a tribute to my father, Petar Salečić (also known as Peter Salecich), who was born in a small Croatian village on this day, October 16, 99 years ago. It’s an abridged version of the eulogy I delivered at his funeral service that was held in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), on April 17, 2009. […] Read more…

My father: A Croatian-Aussie battler

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s?

How do you wash and iron? Do you find these tasks tiresome? Spare a thought for your mother or grandmother in the 1950s. Washing and ironing prior to the 1950s were time-consuming, labour-intensive chores for most Australian households. These tasks were almost always performed by women. Typically they set aside a couple of days each […] Read more…

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s?

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie

At the end of this post, you’ll find my recipe for Crusted Savoury Beef. I rediscovered the recipe for this delicious beef mince pie when I was scouring through my collection of recipe books. The recipe is not new. It dates from the early 1980s. Given that rolled oats is one of its main ingredients […] Read more…

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie

Christmas in Outback Queensland

Have you ever wondered how people in outback Queensland prepare for Christmas? How do they decorate their streets, buildings and homes, and with what? Where can they do their Christmas shopping? How and where do they worship? What is special about Christmastime in outback Queensland? Two weeks ago, in early December, my husband Tony and […] Read more…

Christmas in Outback Queensland

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. Wei-Chih 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, […] Read more…

Willis: A strong, determined man of faith

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