Cruise the Murray River with me!

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The magnificent cliffs

Earlier this year I was privileged to cruise the Murray River aboard the beautiful paddle wheeler, the Murray Princess.

The beautiful Murray Princess.

I am really looking forward to going again, on 9th March 2015 for 4 nights. And the great news is, there are still some cabins available!

Don’t worry, they don’t really let me drive.

The cruise is a great blend of food, wine, fun and of course the stunning scenery. We’ll depart from Mannum, and enjoy a three course menu designed by myself and prepared by the wonderful chefs on board. I will give a cooking demo on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – and there is always enough for tastings for everyone and matching complementary wine.

Cooking demos!

We will visit Burke Salter winery, visit Swan Reach township and in one of my personal favourite parts of the tour, visit Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal reserve, one of the most significant Aboriginal sites in Australia.

Burke Salter winery

The vines at Burke Salter winery

One night dinner is an on-shore bush barbecue, with the opportunity to take a nocturnal wildlife-spotting tractor ride.

The cliffs at Ngaut Ngaut

If you come along you’ll never forget the towering cliffs, the millions of birds, or the serenity of the river. One of the best parts of the day is a glass of wine on the upper deck, watching the sun go down and relaxing completely.
I hope you’ll join me for what really is unique and special holiday.
For more information or to book, go to the Captain Cook Cruises website.

Peaceful dusk


Gourmet Food Safari with Maeve O’Meara!

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The wonderful Maeve O’Meara!

I was recently lucky enough to be invited on a Food Safari by none other than the wonderful  Maeve O’Meara.  Having watched (and adored!) her television series I was hugely excited to experience a safari for myself.

Fairfield was the chosen destination, because of its wide and varied choice of cultures and foods.  A group of us met at the old Fairfield pub for a coffee before setting off on foot to explore some of Maeve’s favourite Fairfield haunts.

Our first stop was to Tierras Latinas, a Peruvian store stocking South American ingredients such as tinned and fresh chillies and many varieties of corn.  We tried a tasty corn snack and also sampled a drink made out of purple corn. Read more →

All aboard the Murray Princess!

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Me and the Princess

What a beautiful trip I have had again on the Murray River. A quick flight to Adelaide and a coach trip take us to Mannum, the home of the Murray Princess. The Princess is a majestic paddle wheeler that glides serenely along the river. Read more →

In Timor Leste with Oxfam

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Espy 2 village

In my role as Oxfam GROW! Campaign ambassador, I was recently lucky enough to visit Timor Leste.  Travelling with Laurelle from Oxfam, Bonnie the photographer and Sarah the videographer, we went to see the programs that Oxfam are running with their partners in remote rural communities.

After visiting the Oxfam office in Dili, we flew across-country in a tiny six-seater plane.  Since the military have left Timor, it is the only fixed-wing plane in the country and provides vital service to the people there. Read more →

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