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when in Venice

What is there not to say about Venice?  After meandering a few hours away amongst the tight streets and crooked bridges, following the famous arrows that lead – or to the train station, or to Rialto – it dawned upon me.  The silence.  The total absence of traffic.  The nothingness – except the soft lap lap […]


mini city guide: Milan

When I lived in Sydney I used to think that her architecture reflected the desire to look out: to gaze upon the drunken beauty of the harbour.  While Melbourne, being more geographically staid, was more inward looking, turning back towards the facades of buildings, toward their inner being. Rome too is like a diva, a languorous […]

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festive baking: gingerbread

Photo Marie Sjoberg Gingerbread.  Ginger powder and cinnamon, with a sprinkle of ground cloves and everything smells like Christmas. Basic gingerbread recipe 60 g butter 60 g dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 egg 175 g plain flour 1/2 tsp bicarb soda 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp ginger powder 1 tsp ground […]

Autumn recipes from Milan

This time 5 years ago I was in Milan with my wonderfully talented friend Robyn Lea, researching the food element for her stunning book Milan: Discovering Food, Fashion and Family in a Private City.  It was an unforgettable experience; being introduced to this complex and sophisticated urban world by an insider, we went from one restaurant […]


boot Sales for beginners: passionfruit sponge

Photos Marie Sjoberg Charity shops make such good sense, people clean out their attics, volunteers feel good and gain experience in the stores, buyers find bargains or just pass time sifting through what is one man’s trash but another man’s treasure.  We Australians love ’em, my mother is always saying that there are more people […]