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How meeting the Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough – inspired me

I believe that everyone we meet has something to teach us. I just didn’t know how pivotal my brief encounter with Jess Ainscough, a.k.a the Wellness Warrior, would be. Read more

Anti-bullying song stirs emotions, brings tears, inspires hope

Last night, after a challenging day, I caught a glimpse of Britain’s Got Talent and saw the Bars and Melody audition: two young boys – one of whom suffered at the whim of “Mr Bully” – with a microphone and a rap, and a powerful message of hope.  Whether you are/have been bullied, or are just having a bad day, their song and its lyrics will either bring a tear to your eye or empower you to take a stand – or, in my case, both! Read more

Bacon, leek, and sweet potato soup – delicious and nourishing

A simple soup of bacon, leek, and sweet potato is anything but ordinary. The intensity of the flavours, the beefiness of the bacon, and the filling sweet potato ensures this humble yet hearty soup is a winner among even the fussiest of eaters. It’s also an economical meal packed full of nutrients, particularly if you use homemade stock. Enjoy! Read more

Scones with jam and cream – a sugar-free recipe

Light and fluffy basic scones topped with fruity jam and a good dollop of thickened cream – the country classics don’t get much better than this. I remember weekends on the farm when mum and I would bake scones and take them to my dad and brothers who were either fencing along the scrub line, rounding up cattle, or driving tractors in the paddock. This weekend, a sense of nostalgia for the small bread cake came over me. Read more

The Dream Festival’s Seven in Seven fine dining experiences

Food, people and culture – three of my favourite ingredients for a memorable occasion. Rarely can one experience a variety of all three as frequently as one would like – and could afford. Except in Dubbo during May through November, when the Dream Festival joins forces with local chefs to host its annual “Seven in Seven” fine dining dinners. The once-a-month formal dining evenings deliver an experience of the cuisine, decor and dress of a selected country from one of  each of the seven continents – without the need for a passport!

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