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Bittergreens, Dahlias and Double Bass

Bittergreens, Dahlias and Double Bass

Today autumn managed to show herself. She’s been hiding under a shroud of humidity for three weeks and I haven’t liked it, not one little bit. Autumn in New South Wales should be a time of impossibly blue skies, crisp evenings, foggy mornings and a fantastic array of turning leaves of every hue showing off throughout...
A tutor or a house elf?

A tutor or a house elf?

I don’t know about you but I’ve given up pretending that I can help my kids with homework. Their maths now resembles something Sheldon of Big Bang Theory might have on a whiteboard somewhere; wading through Shakespeare is like trying to figure out the rules of a cryptic crossword (Shakespeare should be seen, not read...
94 +12 = an enriched life

94 +12 = an enriched life

A couple of years ago I wrote about the importance of  ‘people variety’ in a child’s life. My view remains that children benefit tremendously from spending time with people who can provide differing experiences to those that they receive with their parents or carers. I think it’s vital that we provide them with access to a rich...
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...

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