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…

‘Cheap and Easy’: Chilli Corn Fritters

Fritters are a favourite of mine and a great meal to enjoy at breakfast, lunch or dinner. They don’t need any fancy cooking skills either. I like things a bit of spicy so have added chillies and mustard for a little extra zing! If you like things a little more mild, you can replace the…

‘Cheap and Easy’: Campfire Damper

Damper: such a classic Aussie camping recipe and what better way to do it than on a campfire. It’s so cheap, easy, tasty and versatile. I love having it with some fried eggs, smoky cheddar and relish, but it’s always delightful to pair with golden syrup- a la Primary School camp. 

Spicing things up: ingredients for your gourmet camping feast

I love intense flavours in my food. Give me a strong coffee, a heavy red wine, a spicy curry, a smelly cheese, a smoky sauce or a floral sweet treat and you basically have my heart. Although camping can limit your ability to produce technical meals, the great thing is that you can add some…

‘Cheap and Easy’: Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is so easy to make and you can make it all in one saucepan- fantastic for camping!. I love making mine with mushrooms but you can swap for other delicious vegetables such as beetroot, peas or pumpkin.

‘Cheap and Easy’: Strawberry Pancakes

Pancakes are such an easy recipe and very affordable too- you only need basic ingredients. I’ve used strawberries in this batch (we got these from The Big Strawberry farm when we were on a road trip). The fantastic thing about strawberries in Australia is that you should be able buy them 12 months of the…

The Big Strawberry, Koonoomoo, Victoria

Australians love ‘big’ things: the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Big Merino… One to visit is the lesser known Big Strawberry close to the Victorian-New South Wales border. One to head to if you like berry, berry delicious things…

Market Special: Jan Powers Farmers Market, Brisbane

What: Jan Powers Farmers Markets are a number of open air farmers markets located around Brisbane. With four locations (Queen St, Powerhouse, Manly and Mitchelton), you can find quality produce and “the most interesting food and plants, kitchen goods and wine, breads, meat, fish and fowl under the sun” at affordable price. Where: Powerhouse Location:…

The Spirit of Australia: My Favourite Aussie Cookbooks

Living in Australia, we are blessed with such an abundance of wonderful produce. Here are my favourite five cookbooks by Australians which take represent the essence of living simply through using seasonal produce, using basic ingredients and avoiding food wastage. I have also added the links to each if you’re keen to purchase!

Market Special: My Top 5 London Markets

Being a lover of local produce, street food and community vibe, one of my favourite things to do when I am travelling to a new place is to check out the markets. I went to London a few weeks ago, prior to heading to Iceland on a hiking trip (more on that later) and went…