Posts made in August, 2013

Campfire chicken and vegetable stew

Stews are one of my favourite dishes to cook when we go camping.  Of course, they are brilliant in winter to warm you up before you climb into your sleeping bag for the night, but even on the sunniest of summer days, I love to finish a busy (or not!) day with a big bowl of stew and some damper for mopping up the juices. I start my chopping in the late afternoon, then as the sun starts to set I get the onions browning away. Then I add a few more...

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My love of Japanese lanterns

  Along with my thing for Japanese spoons, I also love Japanese lanterns. I was fascinated by them from the moment we first arrived in Japan and was desperate to read the beautiful Japanese script written down the length of each and every one. We moved to Tokyo in 2008 for The Rock Climber’s job. It was never somewhere I had ever had much desire to visit, but having lived there for almost 4 years it is somewhere I still think of daily and...

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marie claire food August issue

I’ve been writing the food pages for marie claire magazine for several months now and am loving the creative team I’m working with. The August issue is in the shops now.  Inside you’ll find 4 of the best Asian soups. Perfect for chilly southern hemisphere winter evenings. Yet again I got to indulge my love of all things Japanese and used one of my gorgeous old sake bar aprons as a background. My arms nearly fell off having to stand still...

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A bit of fun with cupcakes

Kids big and small love eating cupcakes. If the little ones are too young to help with the cooking they definitely aren’t too young to get involved with the decorating! At my kids’ birthday parties when they were toddlers, I used to bake a whole heap of cupcakes and make a cream cheese and jam frosting, which is the perfect sticky base for the decorations. Then I’d set out a table with all sorts of decorations – sprinkles, crumbled...

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Japanese spoons

I don’t remember why my spoon collection started or which one was my first, but I have a thing about small Japanese spoons. Some are cute, others are stylish and some I just had to have but I can’t explain why.     I didn’t even realise I had a thing for small spoons until my husband suggested I use them as the design for my new business card. So I entrusted my collection of spoons to a local designer and she created the most...

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Hungry Campers Cookbook