Making Tomato Sauce with Home Grown Tomatoes

Today I spent some time in the kitchen making a beautiful tomato sauce. The recipe was given to me years ago by an Italian friend and I have used it many times. Before I start I feel that I need to clarify one small thing…..this is not “Passata“. I made the mistake of calling it…

Christmas Pudding

   This is a recipe passed down from my Great Aunt. It’s certainly quicker and probably cheaper to buy a pudding , but both my parents love this pudding so I’m happy to keep the tradition alive. 750g Mixed Fruit 100g Pitted Prunes 100g Dates 250g Butter 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar 4 Eggs 1/2…

Lemon Rush

Not sure about everyone else, but I’m ready for the warmer weather to start. I’ve just about cooked everything in my winter repertoire and my taste buds are ready for a change! Is it just me or do we all seem to stick with the tried an tested recipes? I think it’s a time/effort scenario. In winter if…

Winter Weekend

Heading back from our afternoon walk and we caught the last rays of daylight just before the sun dipped behind the hills. Another perfect weekend here in the Hunter Valley. For the first weekend in ages we didn’t have any specific plans. It was  actually lovely to take life at a much slower pace for…

Almond Cake with Lemon Syrup

So the weather forecast was not entirely correct. Go figure!! Saturday was ok, so I managed to ride both of my horses, weed around the fruit trees and give them a little fertiliser. (aka horse poo that I’d picked up.) I then tackled a few of the more mundane household task that I had been putting off. Funny how…

2015 we’re off and racing…

This is the image I’m holding in my head for 2015. When I start to feel overwhelmed with all the things I need to do, should do or want to do this will be my focus.  Today was my first day back in the office. My real job. Not the farm job. I do sometimes feel like I…