Pear and apple chutney and cabbage pickles

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For some reason I never seem to have any success growing cabbages. My favourite is the savoy and the sugar loaf.  I bought a gigantic one for only a $1.00. What a better… Continue reading

Christmas at the cox”s and 4 J’s

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This year we celebrated Christmas with 4 J’s and Stephen and family from Sydney. Justine made Christmas lunch–and we had the first ever Christmas pudding made by Stephen for dessert. For starters: We… Continue reading

Nasi lemak for birthday dinner

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Another year comes a round and it is Kevin’s birthday. I decided to make nasi lemak as it is one of his favourite meals. The phrase “nasi lemak” literally means “fatty rice” but… Continue reading

Dumpling House in Dickson, Canberra

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I have been to Dumpling House before and I like the place because they serve honest –home cooked food. They do not fuss on plating. We had Shanghai steam buns. They were were… Continue reading

Grazing at Gundaroo with the U3A Epicurean Club

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Last Saturday, members of U3A Epicurean club had lunch at Grazing. There were 30 of us and to accommodate such a large group, our lunch was held at the restaurant’s newly extended function… Continue reading

Hakata — Fukuoka

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Hakata is a vibrant city. The population is young and the girls are beautiful. The tourist brochures say: “Hakata is a district located in Hakata-ku in Fukuoka City, east of the Naka-gawa River,… Continue reading

Beppu 3–Onsen Ryokan Motonoyu Kurodaya

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What is for breakfast? The table is set with a spoon on the side. House made softbean curd. The spoon is for the delicious beancurd! Side dishes, yoghurt, dried fish, pickled plum, miso… Continue reading

Beppu 2–Onsen Ryokan Motonoyu Kurodaya

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Breakfast on the second day at the Onsen ryokan. It is not unlike the big Aussie breakfast except it is has more variety and tastes. They even included a glass of milk and… Continue reading

Beppu 1–Onsen Ryokan Motonoyu Kurodaya

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Beppu is a tourist town sandwiched between the sea and the mountains. Beppu contains nine major geothermal hot spots, which are sometimes referred to as the “nine hells of Beppu”. When we arrived at the Beppu Rail… Continue reading

Hiroshima – Japan

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Hiroshima’s traditional dish is okonomiyaki – a savory layered noodle pancake cooked on an iron hotplate. The locals are proud of their contribution to the Japanese cuisine. We had a simple one without… Continue reading