Tasmania – Devilishly good!

Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part article. It covers the North Coast and Cradle Mountain National Park. Part 2 will feature the East Coast, Hobart and the Huon Valley. In 2000 I spent three months working in Tasmania and was fortunate to enjoy a few weekends exploring the capital city, Hobart, and places further…

Cheese Masterclass with The Smelly Cheese Shop

A few weeks ago my friend Kat sent me a spreadsheet listing the dates of a number of cheese masterclasses run by the iconic  Smelly Cheese Shop at the Adelaide Central Market . With Kat’s birthday imminent and she being a fellow cheese-lover, we had a quick email exchange whereby she nominated a few dates she could be available. We…

Pork chops and cabbage salad

It’s late spring and BBQ season here in Adelaide, so recently we have been giving our gas and charcoal BBQs a workout. We like cooking on the grill because of the ease of clean up, especially on a busy weeknight after work. Some simply seasoned meat, a salad and that’s dinner done. Last night featured thick pork loin chops, marinated…

Spring round up

Adelaide’s spring is a fickle affair, one day 16 degrees (62F) and blowing a gale, the next 30 (90F) and clear blue skies. But one thing is for sure. After the winter rain, the weeds make an appearance along with the first buds and fruits. Andrew has pulled out the worst of the weeds and now…

Winter greetings from Adelaide

Hello everyone. It’s winter here in Adelaide and I’ve been a very busy girl. My blog has been somewhat quiet but that’s just because I’ve been busy setting up a companion blog about my Italian passion, particularly the Abruzzo region. The new blog is called ‘With my heart in Abruzzo‘. It combines stories from visits…

Wild thing in the garden

Speedy is an amazing little creature with no end to his curiosity. In the garden he is always on the move, investigating, sniffing or digging. He’ll chew anything. So far he has left the garlic chives alone… Published via Pressgram

Pearilicious

Autumn is my favourite time of year. Finally, out come the cozy corduroy trousers, knitted vests and scarves, and bike commutes that don’t make you all sweaty and give you helmet hair. But best of all are the autumn fruits and veggies. Apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, cauliflower, garlic, butternut squash and the rest. To…

Remembering Louise Pergolini Tucker

Tomorrow, the 10th of April will be seven years since we lost our mother Louise and I know we all think of her daily. More often than not I think of her in the kitchen. The place where she prepared so many meals for her six children and anyone we brought home with us. The room with…

Look at my new camera!

I’m excited to start taking some pics with my new Panasonic DMC-TZ40. I’m not quite ready for a full on digital SLR camera. I’ve enjoyed a previous Lumix and the controls here are familiar. This photo was taken with my iPad 2. Published via Pressgram

Early autumn second harvest

Here in South Australia we are having sublime autumn weather. The summer fruits are gone and the cucumbers just about finished. But the tomatoes have a long season if you do a second planting just around Christmas. These beauties were found at the Adelaide Central Market last night. Our bush at home is getting there…