The secret to a good sponge is a good recipe. This one is called Joan’s Sponge, and was passed on to me by Marie Cavin. It is super easy to make, and should work for you. The passion fruit icing on the top is an Australian touch, but you could make a plain icing or … Continue reading Sponge with passion fruit icing
My Japanese friend in Melbourne gave me some tips for making gyosa. Basically they are-: 1. Knead the meat for quite a while to make the dumplings tender. 2. Grate the ginger and add the juice not the ginger bits to the mixture. 3. Use Japanese gyosa wraps not Chinese ones- the Japanese ones are … Continue reading Hints on making gyosa dumplings
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash When you live in a new place, it can be difficult to understand how to do things the way people expect you to do them. How do you “do” a kids’ birthday party? Well, the answer is of course you can plan a party many different ways. Here … Continue reading An Australian Birthday Party
What are your favourite clothes? Where do you shop? Do you buy expensive clothes when they are on sale? Or do you buy cheap clothes and replace them every season? Do you buy things and never wear them? Do you buy clothes that have brand names on the outside? Do you buy clothes, books or … Continue reading Would you wear a onesie in public?
Last week a young woman in Melbourne was murdered. She was walking through a park. She was alone, and it was late at night. She was attacked, raped and murdered. She had almost arrived at her flat. She was just 22 years old. A man is in custody, but his lawyer says he is suffering … Continue reading Take a Walk in the Park
A ramble is a walk just for fun. You don’t really mind where you go, or how long you take. You just walk, and look around. Catch a bus along Hoddle Street, and get off at Langridge Street. Keep walking and Langridge Street becomes Gertrude Street. There are lots of Housing Commission homes in the … Continue reading A Melbourne Ramble
Well, instead of Melbourne, today I will write about Vietnam, where you can have a delightful holiday. This is Hoi An, on the central coast of Vietnam. It is an old trading town, with Japanese, Chinese and French influences. This is where tourists go to to have clothes made to measure. You can buy items … Continue reading From Melbourne to Vietnam silk.
Autumn is just called "Fall" in America, and I think they got a good name for the season. There are lots of lovely European trees in Melbourne which have leaves that fall at this time of the year. Where the trees have been brought from Europe, they often have leaves that fall, but many … Continue reading More Melbourne
This is Melbourne City Baths. It is right in the middle of the city, near the shopping precint, and also a university called Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Doesn't the outside of the building look magnificient? And here is part of RMIT. It is in the city centre too, near the swimming baths. You can … Continue reading Melbourne city
Microgreens are seedlings- little plants full of goodness. You can cut them with scissors and put them on top of your meal. It makes it look nice, and they are good for you. Here you can see Chinese cabbage and rocket. They are ready to eat now. You cut them with scissors and plant some … Continue reading Growing herbs in small spaces in Melbourne.