Wine O’clock: Fox Creek Wines, Barossa Valley

Just a short bike ride off the Shiraz Trail in McLaren Vale lies this wonderful winery gem. Originating from a group of doctors and their wives, the families have created some fabulous award-winning Shiraz.

Back to Basics: Wholemeal Bread

Baking bread is not as hard as you think- you just need a bit of patience to mould it into a light fluffy loaf. I have adapted the recipe from Peter Mayle and Gerard Auzet’s book “Confessions of a French Baker” and the great thing is it cost about $1.40 to make.

Tour du Mont Blanc, France/Switzerland/Italy

I never thought that I would be the type to take a guided tour across three countries in seven days, but hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), with Utracks and my friend Caro, was a nature-filled, active way to experience some of the most beautiful mountains and valleys that Europe has to offer- as…

Dill Pickles

I love dill pickles! They have such a beautifully intense flavour and are fabulous in a sandwich, with a cheese platter or just straight from the jar. Dill really tops off this preserve, and the good news is that it’s easy to grow!

Hiking Fuel: The Ball of Energy

Energy Balls are a  great way to get a healthy shot of protein, carbohydrate and good fats to sustain you during an active day. I love to take these guys hiking  and they’re easy to prepare if you’re short on time, just blend and make into balls.

Wine O’Clock: Tscharke Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Just a short drive (or a nice bicycle ride) from Tanunda (the main township of the Barossa Valley), lies Tscharke wines. Owned by Damien and Eva Tscharke, the wine and vineyard shows uses sustainable practices to produce quality wine, at very affordable prices. Visiting Tscharke’s Place cellar door is a real delight, the building itself…

Uluru Base Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Sure, you may be able to get a 360 degree view of Uluru on Google Maps now, but nothing beats heading to the Red Centre of Australia to see this amazing natural formation up close, and while you’re at it, walk around it’s base.

Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong

Whoever would have thought that in the middle of one of the world’s most densely populated cities lies an oasis in the hills which contrasts nature with the city scrapers?  The Hong Kong  Trail is a 50 kilometre walking route which passes through the five country parks on Hong Kong island. A great way to…

Protein Power Bars

When you’re active outdoors, sometimes you need a lightweight snack to curb your hunger and give you energy. These protein power bars are great for that. I like these for the savoury edge that the tahini provides: sometimes energy bars can be too sweet. No bake and easy to make!

Reykjadalur Trail, Iceland

Forget the Blue Lagoon, if you are looking for a lesser known place to submerge yourself in the geothermic waters of Iceland, look no further. Just a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik lies the town of Hveragerði which houses a valley teaming with geothermal activity called Reykjadalur (“Smokey Valley”).This valley is a beautiful hiking area and…