Author Archives: Nerida

Pea and Ham Soup

I’m back! It has been awhile since I posted. I lost my Mum almost 2 years ago and to tell the truth, taking up the blog has been too painful. My Mum taught me to cook and passed her love … Continue reading

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Spinach and Poached Egg Salad with Lemon Thyme Dressing

I created this salad Sunday night after arriving home from a weekend away. The trip back from Chicagoland had us eating donuts for breakfast and Wendy’s burgers for lunch along the interstate. Both excellent – Home Cut Donuts in Joliet … Continue reading

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Roasted Tomato Relish

On our trips back to Australia I always enjoy reconnecting with the tastes unique to my homeland. I grew up with a Grandmother who was a prolific producer of preserves – jams, chutneys, relishes and the like. I was fortunate … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Choc-Chip Cream Cheese Filling

These cupcakes may appear daunting, but they really aren’t. They are pretty easy and a huge crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike. The recipe makes 24, but you can easily halve it if you don’t have a crowd and you … Continue reading

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Nirvana – A Visit to Pinckney Bend Distillery

In keeping with the name of this blog I think it appropriate I relate the story of our little road-trip to my favorite gin maker over the July 4th weekend. As many of you know, I am a gin snob … Continue reading

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Coal-Roasted Eggplant

Last year we had an abundance of eggplants from Scot’s vegetable garden. It seemed that as the summer wore on more and more of the bulbous beauties would appear on the kitchen benches. What to do with this bounty of … Continue reading

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Apple and Rhubarb Pie

I made this pie this past weekend to take to the neighbor’s for dessert. They had kindly invited us for dinner and then proceeded to pour alcohol down our throats, making my Sunday less than productive. We were not completely … Continue reading

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Eggs Benedict New Orleans Style

Sunday morning is our sleep in and cooked breakfast morning. I sometimes struggle to come up with new and interesting ways to serve eggs and am always on the lookout for something a bit different. We usually swim or cycle … Continue reading

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An Inebriated Epicurean’s Taste of NYC

We love NYC. Every visit we discover new places to enjoy, some courtesy of our friends, others we stumble upon. This last trip we found some great new bars, restaurants and just places to hang. One of these is The … Continue reading

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Eggs Scot (A variation on Eggs Benedict)

I first made this breakfast for my husband Scot’s birthday. I asked him what he would like for breakfast and he suggested this – Eggs Benedict but with hot patty sausage substituted for the ham. It is fantastic! Don’t be … Continue reading

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