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EXPLORE all the trends – from styling to sell, the importance of art, the latest design trends, the iconic feature wall and many other ideas including what’s the latest out there…. This section will help you dress your home, throw new ideas at you and inspire you to experiment with “tried and tested” guidelines that I’m sure will arm you with the best advice to sell your property and enjoy life.


Looking for a Road Trip Getaway?

30.07.20

With some travel restrictions in place, Sydneysiders are looking for places to visit just a little closer to home. We recently took a road trip to Orange (3.5 hours drive) to see the sights and surrounding area and thought I would share my experience.

To my surprise it was a bigger regional town that expected, with a population of over 40,000. There was plenty to do….although the common assumption was we were there to visit the wineries, but as a non-wine drinker I am here to say there is many alternatives so thank you Orange! Thankfully we discovered a local gin distillery with delicious flavour –  ‘Parrot’ Gin.

Image: Federal Falls Walk

We visited Mount Canobolas – a State Conservation Area that offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views, pretty picnic areas and a great campground. The Federal Falls Walk was stunning and the picnic area serene and peaceful. The walk around Borenore Caves was equally as enjoyable, stopping on the way at Hillside Harvest to purchase lots of local produce (apples, honey, eggs, cider, cheeses and baked goods).

Image: Federal Falls

We ate great meals at Mr Lims, Charred, Canobolas Pub, the Local Store and stayed at one of the best boutique hotels ever – The Byng Street Boutique Hotel! Everything was on point here – accommodation, comfortable and beautifully decorated room, friendly staff, the recommendations, the super tasty breakfast and the location – very handy to everything.

Image: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

We also visited the quaint towns of Carcoar (‘Tomolly’ homeware store not to be missed) and Millthorpe (highlight was ‘Tonic restaurant’) and generally enjoyed the picturesque countryside and smiley faces of the locals.

Image : Byng Street Boutique Hotel

I am sure we will return again very soon and would definitely recommend it as a great weekend adventure! ENJOY!

Click here for a full list of fun activities when planning your trip.

Pork hock, cannellini bean and sauerkraut soup

28.07.20

Pork hock, cannellini bean and sauerkraut soup 

This is the perfect soup to share with family while snuggling up on the couch in this chilly weather! 

1⁄4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 

40g unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 brown onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks celery, finely chopped 

1 carrot, trimmed and finely chopped

1⁄4 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp each finely chopped rosemary & sage

2 bay leaves

1 (1.2kg) smoked ham hock 

400g tin cherry tomatoes

1 parmesan rind

200g sauerkraut, drained 

400g can cannellini beans, drained 

Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot and herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add the ham hock, tomato, parmesan rind, sauerkraut and enough water to cover the hock and bring to the simmer. Reduce the heat to low-medium, cover partially with a lid and simmer for 2 ½ hours. Add the beans and cook for a further 30 minutes or until meat falls easily from the ham hock. Remove the ham hock, taking care of the heat and pick into small chunks. Discard skin and bones. Return the meat to the soup, season with pepper and stir to combine.

Serves 8.

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins

There’s more to Thredbo than snow

29.06.20

 

 

ONE of the best things about Thredbo is of course the snow and all the fun that comes along with that… however there is definitely more to Thredbo than that, as I was reminded on my trip down a few weekends ago for some hiking and relaxation.

 

 

Thredbo’s mountain in summer transforms into the mountain biking and hiking mecca of Australia. Thredbo offers over 34 kilometres of mountain bike trails to enjoy and over 20 different walks and hikes for those looking for an outdoor adventure, experience the stunning scenery of alpine Australia and conquering Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.  Whether it’s a family friendly hike to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko or an advanced day hike across the Australian Main Range, there’s something for every age and ability to enjoy. With tons of glacial lakes, unique flora and fauna and mountains as far as the eye can see, it’s a must do! They also run some group and private guided hikes during the summer time, which are great if you really want to get to know the area better.

 

This time around we did the Dead Horse Gap walk but the ‘Cascade huts’ walk and the walk to Mount Kossie are amazing! (best in November – May).
You can also enjoy informational and art walks that reveal an assortment of history, sculptures, paintings and etchings through Thredbo’s unique village (Click here for more information)
Thredbo summer is not only full of hiking and biking though – there are also plenty of other options such as Tennis, Golf, Flyfishing, Horseriding, Jazz concerts and tons of other activities for the family.
Click here for a full list of fun activities when planning your trip.

 

It truly is a spectacular place for young and old to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air!

Middle Eastern Lamb Salad

29.06.20

Middle Eastern Lamb Salad

“This recipe is inspired by everyone’s favourite food writer; Ottelenghi. When I first encountered the flavours of the middle east as a kid I wondered whether I might have been adopted from there, obviously that was ruled out with my incredible likeness to the rest of my family, but I have spent the rest of my eating life up to this point being pulled to those flavours especially when writing recipes. This is a great dish to put in the middle of the table and share with friends, using pita bread as your eating utensils.”

 

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

2 tsps Baharat spice

500g (1 lb 1 oz) lamb neck, finely chopped

¼ cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling

½ (130g/4 ½ oz) brown onion, thinly sliced

3 (200g/7 oz) silverbeet stems, trimmed, stems and leaves shredded

2 tbsps currants

440g (15 ½ oz) store bought hummus

2 tbsps lemon juice

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped

½ cup mint leaves, chopped

½ cup (100g/3 ½ oz) tinned butter beans

2 (40g/1 oz) watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (optional)

 

Place the garlic, paprika, chilli flakes, cumin, coriander, Baharat and lamb in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Set aside.

 

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat, cook the lamb, in batches, for 3 minutes or until just browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

 

Add the remaining oil to the pan, reduce heat to medium-low, cook the onion and chopped silverbeet stems, stirring occasionally, for 16 minutes or until golden brown and softened.

 

Add the silverbeet leaves and currants, cook for a further 4 minutes or until all the liquid has cooked off. Return the lamb back to the pan and stir to combine, until warmed through.

 

Spread the hummus over a serving platter and top with the lamb mixture. Combine the lemon juice, parsley, mint and beans and sprinkle over the top. Drizzle with extra olive oil and top with radish if using. Serve with warm pita bread.

 

Serves 4-6.

Dairy Free Recipe

You can order the full e-book at the following link : Kirsten Jenkins “One Leaf at a Time” 

 

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins