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A tale of seven toasters...

A tale of seven toasters…

After nearly 16 years of marriage, I’ve finally accepted that my husband and I take a very different view about the storage capacity of our home. It’s not a deal-breaker, but I can’t tell you how frustrated I get by his ‘depression mentality’, which he doesn’t apply to money as I’m yet to find any...
A letter for my Tweens...

A letter for my Tweens…

My darlings, As the famous Astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “My wonder button is being pushed all the time.” I think that what he meant by this is that it’s great to be alive because the world is full of wonder and it can be found in the simplest of places. It’s not necessarily the...
Basil 101

Basil 101

A few things you might not know about basil including a recipe for my basil insect spray. Basil is the common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum of the family Lamiaceae. It is sometimes referred to as Saint Joseph’s Wort. Mints are also in the Lamiaceae family. I love basil. It’s one of my...
How to fill up a gluten-free Tween

How to fill up a gluten-free Tween

Today I realised that when I was growing up, afternoon tea must have been a battle for Mum. With five children, a loaf of bread could (and would) disappear as quickly as a dropped chip on Manly promenade. The fruit bowl was always crying out to be refilled. Pears were gone in a blink. Bananas rarely...
Mojo and Soba...

Mojo and Soba…

Today I regained my cooking mojo. She had gone AWOL during the summer break, appearing only sporadically, resisting the thought of joining me even when people visited. Mostly, she eagerly handed me the phone to dial take-out or led me to the sandwich maker. Arsey bugger. But with the sun making a welcome return and with a couple of...
Strife at 39...

Strife at 39…

At the end of the last school term something happened in my home that has never occurred before. One of my children completed a school project without any help from me. Call me a sucker but I’ve never been able to resist the pleas for help and could often be found gluing glitter, sewing tutus,...
Easy pavlova for Australia Day

Easy pavlova for Australia Day

My daughter Grace (11) is a baker. This makes me so very happy as I’m only capable of turning out cakes that resemble large flat river pebbles. Recently she’s been working on perfecting Pavlova and after much cajoling by her mother, she’s agreed to share her recipe here on Caro & Co.  If you have a budding...
Macadamia Pesto crusted lamb racks

Macadamia Pesto crusted lamb racks

This is such a fabulous and simple recipe to consider for Australia Day (or any other day of the year really) Yumminess. There is no other word to describe macadamias. These delicious nuts are richer and creamier than most others, with a delicate flavour and a distinctive, almost squeaky crunch not dissimilar to Brazil nuts....
Easy San Choy Bau

Easy San Choy Bau

Come Saturday I am SO over cooking.  It’s the one day of the week I wish that a fairy would appear in my kitchen and take over. Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen. Instead, I pour myself a large gin and tonic and hunt for some cooking mojo. More often than not, said mojo is to...
The gift of mangoes and merriment....

The gift of mangoes and merriment….

My son, (he of extraordinary olfactory ability), announced yesterday that summer was here. He’d got a whiff of Star Jasmine on the way home and found me chopping mangoes as he arrived in the kitchen. “That’s summer Mama, right there on that plate” he exclaimed. And whilst we’ve still got just under a month until...
Give me my daily bread thanks...

Give me my daily bread thanks…

Do your kids like bread? Mine do, but it has to be white, or at a push wholemeal. Introduce additional grains or seeds and they run a mile. This is especially the case when I make them sandwiches. Given they are adventurous eaters with everything else, this has always perplexed me. But then it occurred to...
Scottish hunks, an iPad mini and tricky questions

Scottish hunks, an iPad mini and tricky questions

Want to win an iPad mini? Then read on… My family and I have recently been watching Outlander. It’s about a woman happily living in the 1940s who is unwittingly flung back in time and finds herself amongst the Mackenzie clan in Scotland in the 18th century.  She has to readjust to this time immediately or risk...

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