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Bacon, leek, and sweet potato soup – delicious and nourishing

A simple soup of bacon, leek, and sweet potato is anything but ordinary. The intensity of the flavours, the beefiness of the bacon, and the filling sweet potato ensures this humble yet hearty soup is a winner among even the fussiest of eaters. It’s also an economical meal packed full of nutrients, particularly if you use homemade stock. Enjoy! Read more

Scones with jam and cream – a sugar-free recipe

Light and fluffy basic scones topped with fruity jam and a good dollop of thickened cream – the country classics don’t get much better than this. I remember weekends on the farm when mum and I would bake scones and take them to my dad and brothers who were either fencing along the scrub line, rounding up cattle, or driving tractors in the paddock. This weekend, a sense of nostalgia for the small bread cake came over me. Read more

The Dream Festival’s Seven in Seven fine dining experiences

Food, people and culture – three of my favourite ingredients for a memorable occasion. Rarely can one experience a variety of all three as frequently as one would like – and could afford. Except in Dubbo during May through November, when the Dream Festival joins forces with local chefs to host its annual “Seven in Seven” fine dining dinners. The once-a-month formal dining evenings deliver an experience of the cuisine, decor and dress of a selected country from one of  each of the seven continents – without the need for a passport!

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One piece of advice for bloggers: write what you know

When I was a little girl, I had a great imagination. Growing up on the family farm, 55km from the nearest town, I had to enjoy my own company. I played a lot and created things; tree houses and sandcastles; drawing and colouring; crafting cars from cardboard boxes. Mostly I loved ‘make believe’, and in particular I loved pretending I was a puppy. True story. Read more

Old timber window frame turns DIY jewellery display project

Old things. I love them! I knew when I saw this old timber window frame lying in a junk yard that it had potential. I just wasn’t sure what exactly. I’d figure that out later. I asked some of you on Facebook what I should do with it. I looked around the house to see what its most purposeful use would be. Then it came to me – a jewellery display! I had all this costume jewellery I never wore because I couldn’t see it. Well, this old timber window frame would soon help me change that. Read more

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