Journal

11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting
11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting

I have now been blogging for over a decade. My blog just turned 11. It is only a few months younger than my oldest boy who is on the cusp of turning 12 and planning high school next year. When I first started blogging, I had no plan or time frame in mind. I wasn’t...

2011 In Pictures And The Impact Food Photography Award
2011 In Pictures And The Impact Food Photography Award

Revellers are gathering in this part of the world as Australia prepares to ring in 2012 ahead of countries trailing behind the International Date Line. After a very Merry Christmas indeed, our New Year's Eve promises to be blissfully low key with a bowl of popcorn, a...

Welcome To Our New Kitchen (Renovation Before And After)
Welcome To Our New Kitchen (Renovation Before And After)

For 8 years, I worked day and night on a single steel bench overflowing with kitchen paraphernalia, food, portable cooktop and very little working space. The barely functioning kitchen housed an old oven, a leaking sink, sunken and peeling countertops and basically...

Renovation Woes, Fun Loom And A Book Launch
Renovation Woes, Fun Loom And A Book Launch

Last week my Mac died. It gave a loud bang and took out power to a section of the house. This one lasted 5 years and went through three operating systems. RIP dear Mac. A sleek new Macbook Pro replaced it. It is still finding its feet as I slowly set it up amidst...

Coffee With Cook Republic - May 2019
Coffee With Cook Republic - May 2019

For the first time in many months, I was lucky enough to wrap up all my projects at the same time. So with a bit of downtime before the next set of projects began, I showed a little love to the things that get neglected the most when I am working - my home, my garden...

New Zealand Trip Part II
New Zealand Trip Part II

After the first leg of our New Zealand road trip of North Island earlier this year, we drove to Waitomo and stayed in a charming little country cottage. We had booked ourselves in for the three hour Spellbound cave tours and the adventure we had while caving in the...

She is gone. A list of favourites for October 2014.
She is gone. A list of favourites for October 2014.

  I have been scared of animals and birds for as long as I can remember. But I gave into that fear when we brought home 4 chickens three years ago. I was terrified of holding them and pet them only under supervision. But I loved them fiercely right from day one...

A Cabin By The River And Favourites List For January 2014
A Cabin By The River And Favourites List For January 2014

    Last week we sneaked up to Barrington Tops and spent three adventurous days in a cabin by the river. We explored precarious little paths down to the river, we perched gingerly over moss covered river stones, we slipped and fell in with a splash that...