Live: Peony and Rose Season

Is there anything better than the end of Spring when everything is in bloom, peony season is in full swing and the first of the summer roses have started to make an appearance. We love to fill our home with vases of blooms picked fresh from the garden. This year our David Austin roses have…

Live: Beautiful Rhododendrons

Spring in temperate to cool climate areas of Australia means a plethora of magnificent rhododendrons. These beautiful flowering plants grow best in dappled sunlight in well drained soil. Protection from very hot sun, particularly in summer, is important. With so many varieties and colours to choose from they are a beautiful addition to any garden.

Live: Mid-Spring Blooms

It is the middle of Spring here in Australia and there are blossoms and blooms everywhere you look. From magnolia to pear blossom and everything in between the beauty of this season is impossible to miss.

Eat: Seared Sesame Tuna, Edamame and Avocado Salad

This very simple salad is packed full of delicious ingredients that are good for you and taste great. Ingredients 1 fresh tuna fillet 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds 1/2 an avocado, sliced 1/2 a cup of edamame beans, blanched 1 cup of baby rocket leaves 1 tablespoon of peanut oil Dressing 1 dessert spoon of…

Live: Spring Beach Flowers, Australia

We love this time of year in the south of Australia, it is still cool enough for the beaches to be deserted but sunshine and an abundance of spring flowers make it one of the prettiest times to be by the sea. The photos below were taken along the coast in the south-west of Victoria,…

Eat: Soft Boiled Eggs with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Thyme and Sea Salt

 Is there anything more simple and delicious than a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg? We love to top ours with toasted sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Cook eggs in boiling water for about 6 minutes and 15 seconds for a perfectly cooked egg. Peel the eggs, halve and top with thyme, sesame seeds and sea salt….

Live: Early Spring Flowers

It is the first week of spring in Australia and everywhere you look there are signs of new life. We love the beautiful blooms at this time of year – cherry blossoms, daffodils and Australia wattle are brightening up the bare winter landscape. Wherever you are we hope you are enjoying the new season. 

Eat: Free Range Egg, Spinach and Truffle Oil Pizza

This pizza is simple, quick and delicious. The addition of truffle oil adds a complexity to the taste that works beautifully with the egg and cheese.  Ingredients 1 x pizza base (store bought or home made) 2 tablespoons of tomato paste 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 cup of grated cheese (half mozzarella and half…

Escape: Varenna – Lake Como, Italy

Perched on the picturesque shores of Lake Como is the beautiful town of Varenna, a quaint fishing village that captures the romance and beauty of the Lakes region. The village is approximately 60km north of Milan and is easily accessible by train with the station only a short walk (though very steep!) from the centre…

Eat: Spaghetti with Clams

We are taking our inspiration for this dish from a recent trip to Venice in Italy. Warm sunshine sparkling on the canals and dining alfresco were the perfect backdrop for this classic Italian dish. Ingredients 750g of small clams, washed, scrubbed and soaked in cold water. Discard any clams that aren’t fully closed. 300g dried…

Escape: Burano, Italy

For the perfect day (or half day) trip from Venice look no further than beautiful, colourful Burano. This deliciously pretty town is a group of four islands linked by bridges, famous for the bright rainbow coloured homes that line the canals. It is renowned for its beautiful lace, with many visitors picking up lovely lacework…

ELE Hotels: Park Hyatt Hotel – Dubai, UAE

Whether you are in Dubai for business, leisure or a stopover, the Park Hyatt Dubai is the perfect  hotel to experience elegant luxury. The hotel exudes a feeling of peace and calm from the moment you arrive in the beautiful lobby.  The spectacular building and grounds combine Arabic, Moroccan and Mediterranean inspired architecture with high…