You all know that I love to cook and bake.  I read food blogs and websites.  Cookbooks as bedside reading are a given.  Cooking is not only how I nurture and delight my family and friends, it’s how I explore, travel and taste the world right in my own home.

Lately, people have been after me to compile a book of the recipes I’ve cooked over the years that have become family favorites.  Now I’m not a recipe writer.  Whilst some of my recipes have come from my mother and grandmother…other family favorites have come from famous chefs, cookbooks and websites.

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Life Hacks

If I ever go on safari (and I hope I will) …Remember to NOT take pictures of wild animals. I don’t want to spend my time trying to capture a fabulous picture of a giraffe when I should be enjoying a live giraffe gamboling right in front of me.  I lost too many precious moments of family life because I was fiddling with focus, trying to turn on/off the flash etc.  You know exactly what I’m talking about. [Read more…]

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I have adopted one of the habits of today’s young. I wake up and reach for my ipad mini.  I quickly scan my Twitter feed to see the breaking news.  CNN and The New York Times.  What’s happening, what’s trending. Then, I slow the pace and turn to my Instagram feed. [Read more…]