Asian style chicken soup (& how to make chicken stock).

I could eat soup all year round, not just when icy winds are blowing outside.  Well, especially then but I even like soup in summer.   It can be one of the easiest and most nutritious meals you can make.   I prefer to make my own stock, be it vegetable or chicken, as I…

Whalesong – an adventure with some beautiful giants of the ocean

It’s the start of the humpback whale season here in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.   From July to November you have the opportunity to experience these amazing mammals up close as they frolic, breed and calve in the warm Pacific waters off northern Australia. In spring they return south with their young.    These beautiful…

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry Sunshine on the water looks so lovely Sunshine almost always makes me high – John Denver It’s the middle of winter on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) and I’m wearing a t-shirt and thongs, enjoying a balmy  27 degrees C….

Nimbin – Australia’s alternative lifestyle capital.

Location:  766 km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway – 70km from Byron Bay Prior to 1973, Nimbin was a sleepy little town in the Byron hinterland, servicing the families of the dairy farmers and timber workers of the region.    This all changed in ’73 when Nimbin hosted the Aquarius festival and thousands…

Melbourne Zoo

What do you do when it’s freezing cold and raining in Melbourne?   Go to the zoo of course!   To be honest, we had 4 seasons in one day…it wasn’t ALL rain.    Armed with puffer jackets and brollies we braved Melbourne’s winter and spent a fun 3 hours dashing between exhibits.   Many…