Category Archives: Musings & Inspiration

Our Last Shrove Tuesday Hurrah. Crêpes With a Simple Orange and Brown Sugar Sauce.

I love crêpes but since Shrove Tuesday last week  I feel as if I have flipped and tossed enough galettes and crêpes to last me a life time. Not that my family was complaining. I have since retired my trusty crêpe pan to … Continue reading

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A Buon Ricordo Favourite. Baked Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto With a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce.

Today at the local grocer’s I picked up some beautiful early season figs. As a nod to Valentine’s Day I knew exactly what would be on the menu tonight. One of my all time favourite dishes. Baked figs wrapped in … Continue reading

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Sustaining the Troops. Good Old Fashioned ANZAC Biscuits.

Here in Australia there is nothing more traditional than a good, old-fashioned ANZAC biscuit. Baked by wives and mothers during World War I, they were packed in food parcels and sent to Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the trenches. The … Continue reading

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Australia Day. At Bondi Beach. Sun, Surf, Sand and Sausage Rolls.

January 26. Australia Day. Is there anything more quintessentially Australian than to spend the day at the beach?  Our local beach?  Bondi Beach. Filled with locals and tourists alike enjoying perfect blue skies, sand and surf.  For lunch? Home-made sausage … Continue reading

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Roasted Beetroot Salad with Honeyed Walnuts and Marinated Goats Cheese.

I’m roasting beetroot for one of my favourite summer salads. And yes. These crimson orbs come from my father’s garden. Of course. Roasted to a nutty deliciousness. Combined with peppery rocket, bitter radicchio, sweet honeyed walnuts and unctuous marinated goats cheese. Layer upon layer … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Niseko Without… A Visit To The Onsen.

Our sojourn in Niseko is drawing to a close. Today we depart Hokkaido for a flying visit to Tokyo. Monday morning we will be back in hot, sweltering Sydney. Talk about extremities in weather conditions. Moving from close to minus 20 C … Continue reading

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Ringing the Happy Bell. My 100th Post.

In honour of my hundredth post I have decided that I am going to ring a happy bell. There are three of these dotted over Niseko resort. It is said that ringing these bells will bring you luck. I certainly … Continue reading

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One Way to Work Off Those Christmas – New Year Overindulgences. Climb the Peak. Mount Annupuri, Niseko.

A blue bird day in Niseko. Begins with a gentle ride up the first slope. Pretty isn’t it? Then we catch another two lifts. The Ace Quad Chair and the Hooded Triple to the top of the very picturesque Rinkan run. On a … Continue reading

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A Taste of Niseko. By Anthony Bourdain.

After two days of snowstorms and limited visibility we had a glorious blue sky day today. Perfect for powder skiing. So we hit the slopes early and skied all over the resort from Hanazono to Annapuri. I have some wonderful … Continue reading

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Fun Facts About Hokkaido. Including Three Favourite Regional Specialities. From the Delicious to the Bizarre.

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome a New Year I thought it would be fun to have what I can only describe as a trivial look at Hokkaido. Probably not what you would find in a guide-book. Just … Continue reading

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