Eat: Smoked Bacon and Egg Orecchiette Pasta

There is something very comforting about a pasta dish that includes classic breakfast ingredients. It is also simple to make and delicious, any time of the day. Ingredients 300g of orecchiette pasta 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 2 free range eggs 2 smoked bacon rashers 2 tablespoons…

Live: Growing Beautiful Hydrangeas

The summer garden wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas. These old-fashioned shrubs have made a resurgence in recent years but for us they never really went out of fashion. When planting hydrangeas think position, position, position- they need a semi-shade spot away from the harsh afternoon sun and strong, hot winds. Other golden rules are…

Eat: Kale, Avocado, Almond and Red Cress Smash

Avocado Smash is one of our favourite simple and healthy things to make. This one combines two of our favourite superfoods – kale and almonds.  Ingredients Half an Avocado, roughly mashed 1/2 of a cup of kale, finely chopped Handful of almonds, chopped Olive oil Juice of half a lemon Red cress leaves To make…

Live: Eclectic Summer Bouquets

We love to wander around the garden in summer, picking blooms and foliage to create simple, eclectic bouquets. We tie them with pretty ribbon to give as gifts or use upcycled candle jars as vases to put them on display. Choosing flowers and colours that you would not traditionally think go together creates an eclectic…

Live: Exploring Barangaroo – Sydney, Australia

If you are visiting Sydney, make sure you take the time to wander down to Barangaroo, the recently developed precinct adjacent to Sydney’s CBD. Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the area is home to the corporate offices of numerous banks, law firms and large Australian companies which are housed in beautiful offices with…

Eat: Avocado, Feta, Basil and Walnut Smash

This avocado smash is delicious, versatile, simple to make, packed full of skin-loving ingredients and is delicious any time of the day. Ingredients 1 ripe avocado 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 50g feta, crumbled 1/4 cup basil leaves, shredded 1 tbs Olive oil To make scoop out the avocado in to bowl and lightly mash. Add…

Live: Summer Roses (and tips to keep them flowering through autumn)

Summer is in full swing in Australia and everywhere you look there are stunning roses out in bloom.  While roses are a fairly hardy shrub, here are a few tips to keeping the flowering beautifully through to autumn. Roses need a light mid-summer prune to remove deadheads and encourage new growth, prune as if you…

Live: Exploring the Gardens of Tieve Tara – Mount Macedon, Australia

Fifty minutes north of Melbourne, in the small community of Mount Macedon, are the beautiful Gardens of Tieve Tara. Serene, tranquil and a little slice of heaven for garden lovers, Tieve Tara covers over seven hectares of grounds and boasts a huge and diverse range of flowers, trees, man-made lakes and pathways. Open in Autumn…

Live: Exploring Marylebone High Street, London

There is no shortage of cool streets in London to shop, wander and explore but one of our absolute favourites is Marylebone High Street in London’s West End. Located close to Oxford Street and running sub-parallel to Baker Street, it has a plethora of beautiful boutiques, restaurants and hotels.  We recommend spending a morning or…

Eat: Green Bean, Walnut, Olive, Mint and Feta Salad

This salad is simple and tasty and is delicious served warm as a perfect accompaniment to roast chicken or lamb or as a light meal on its own.  Ingredients 150g fresh green beans, ends removed and sliced lengthways 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts 6 large green olives, sliced 4 anchovies, finely sliced Handful of mint…

Escape: Architecture of the Balearic Islands, Spain

It is difficult not to be enchanted by the beautiful Balearics Islands off the coast of Spain – warm sunshine, salty sea breezes from the Mediterranean and a relaxed lifestyle brings visitors from all over the world to the islands each year.  Wandering the streets and villages it was the beautiful white limestone buildings of…