More and more people are avoiding gluten in their diets. Whether they have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease or have non-coeliac gluten-intolerance, chances are you know someone who falls into this category. But what do you serve your gluten-free guests when they come over for a meal? Continue Reading →
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It’s winter in Australia, and time to nestle in and enjoy the culinary delights that the cold weather brings. Whilst we don’t have snow in Sydney, it can still get mighty cold at this time of the year. What better way to warm up than with heart-warming fondue shared with a group of good friends?
December in Sydney is a wonderful time of the year: the weather is superb (lending itself to alfresco dining and barbeques), people are in good spirits, and the produce at this time of the year is amazing. Although there are many people around the globe who find the idea of spending Christmas and New Years Eve in warm weather strange (my Dutch husband is one of them!) I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue Reading →
Every year my husband and I throw a party around Christmas time. It’s a great way to catch up with our friends before Christmas and share some festive hospitality. Continuing this tradition, last weekend we hosted 40+ of our closest friends. It was a warm summer evening, drinks were flowing, food disappeared before I could refill the platters and everyone was in good spirits. My type of party! Continue Reading →
Over the past few weeks I have read a number of articles from various sources stating that the dinner party is making a comeback. After it took a nosedive in the 90’s, home entertaining appears to be alive and well. The general consensus seems to be that this is due largely to the economic downturn, but also that people are enjoying purchasing from the ever-expanding available selection of quality produce to impress their guests. Continue Reading →
Last weekend I had 8 friends over to celebrate my husband Paul’s 10 year anniversary of living in Australia. Paul is Dutch, and I met him in The Netherlands in 1995 when I was working over there. We both moved back to Australia on 19 September 1998 and married in March 1999. Continue Reading →
In addition to the anxiety associated with the meal, many hosts worry whether the conversation will flow easily amongst their guests. Most of us have experienced that awkward silence where no one knows what to say, or a lively debate turning into a heated argument. Without stating the obvious, dinner parties and entertaining are not just about the food – conversation is an integral part of the occasion. As a host you are largely responsible for ensuring that the conversation does not become boring, uncomfortable or overly intense. Continue Reading →