Author Archives: sheg4184

A Taste of Memory

Ten years ago, I was writing a thesis on rural Food and Wine Festivals. It gave me the excuse to spend a lot of time in several lovely wine regions, like Orange in New South Wales and the Clare and … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Food & Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shakespeare in the Rain

An English castle. A late summer evening. A production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. A handful of talented actors. An outdoor stage. A picnic tea. An eager audience. A night to remember. Illyria is a group of touring players, … Continue reading

Posted in England, Theatre | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Count Your Chickens or Cooking Your Chook

The first time I watched a hen’s demise for culinary purposes was in Nepal. We were staying in a remote rural village, being treated like royalty, when our hosts offered us chicken for dinner. At the time, we didn’t recognize … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, England | Leave a comment

Summer Days in Shoreham

There is a rather pretty little path between the villages of Otford and Shoreham in north-west Kent that cuts across the golf course and is largely shaded by overhanging trees. On a 30-degree day in August, this is a blessing, … Continue reading

Posted in England, Food & Wine | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Soaking up the Sweden Sunshine

Its been an exceptionally hot, dry summer in Europe this year. Fabulous for us and our tent, but not so fabulous for the farmers. I was born in one of the driest states in the world, where we grew up … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Wine, Sweden, Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ibsen’s Norway

‘The pillars of truth and the pillars of freedom – they are the pillars of society.’ ~ Henrik Ibsen Oslo in July. Boats and blue skies. A mad modern opera house, designed to look like it was rising from the … Continue reading

Posted in History, Local Culture, Norway | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Of Fjords and Waterfalls, Salmon and Seagulls

Norway in mid-summer, and those never-ending Scandinavian days, when the sun sets in the north-west for a mere blink of the eye, before rising again in the north-east. Birds chatter and chirp for as long as the sky is bright, … Continue reading

Posted in Norway, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries

‘England represented the safety and comfort of familiarity but France dared me with challenges and rewarded me with the thrill of new discoveries within myself.’ ~ Barbara Santich Remember what it is like to be a footloose student or a … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Wine, France, History, Local Culture, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Travelling North

It was simply an overnight stop en route to the ferry port at Hertshals. We had spent the previous night at a Holiday Inn near Bremen Airport. The location, opposite a runway and a building site, was hardly salubrious, but … Continue reading

Posted in Denmark, Food & Wine, History, Local Culture, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happiness is Eating Together

Mere moments after we landed in the Philippines, I was invited to join the Antipodean team for the International Food Fair held annually at the boys school. For several years we churned out pies and pasties, Vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Wine, Local Culture, Luxembourg | Tagged , , | Leave a comment