20
Aug2014
2

For a lovely long weekend, we decided to finally visit the south of France. We’d heard so many positive reviews, so we booked a hotel in Nice for some sun, sand and French cuisine. The sun shone and the beaches were, well, rocky. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. For once we hadn’t pre-organised a bunch of things to look at, so we wandered around enjoying the architecture and the food. We booked ourselves into the lovely little […]

11
Feb2014
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[Catching up on blog posts! Sorry these are quite late!!] After our great trip back to NZ in October, it was time to head back to the UK, but not before we stopped over in LA for a couple of days. Rob and I had both visited LA as kids, so we’d been to Disneyland and Universal Studios, visited the Hard Rock cafe and walked Hollywood Boulevard. This time, all grown up, we decided to try some of the local […]

27
Dec2013
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One of the highlights of any visit to Istanbul are the markets – the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, the Arasta Bazaar and more. They’re busy and colourful and full of goodies! Firstly, the Grand Bazaar with jewellery, lamps, rugs and more! Despite the grandness of the Grand Bazaar, we actually only bought stuff from the Spice Bazaar and the Arasta Bazaar. The latter is much more affordable and a good selection of stores. All the shopping, even for turkish delights, […]

07
Oct2013
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Paris was a blur (a beautiful blur, but still a blur). After a full day of wandered, J+J, Rob and I got on a train to Belgium – the land of beers and chocolate. Hoorah! First, we were in the quaint and iconic Bruges – the whole medieval town is a UNESCO world heritage site. And its easy to see why. The medieval architecture is everywhere, and looks awesome. There are also four 13th century windmills out near the waterways! […]

03
Oct2013
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So once again we were in Paris, but this time with my family. My parents, brother and his wife were over for my cousin’s wedding in Germany a week later. But before that, we decided to spend a week travelling around Europe. To start, we were only in Paris for one whole day so it was a whirlwind tour! In the morning, Liz and I dropped my parents off at the Louvre and since we had seen the Louvre last time, […]

11
Sep2013
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Granada was the main part of this trip to Spain, but we spent an afternoon in Malaga to visit my Dad’s first cousin, Kevin. Kevin is our only relation on Dad’s side of the family that we have contact with. It was wonderful to catchup with him and hear all the family stories about Dad’s parents, aunty, uncles and grandparents. He also took us to this amazing wine bar in Malaga – Antigua Casa de Guardia Vinos. A super traditional […]

12
Aug2013
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Traveling around different cities and countries in Europe uncovers little surprises, and one of those for us was definitely Granada. We (Liz) organised a trip with our friends M + M to fly into Malaga and drive up to Granada. The weather was a lovely 30+ and the coastline was beautiful. We decided to stop off at a beach and sample some of the local food. Its a local custom to have large BBQ’s and eat various fried foods, like […]

30
Jul2013
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Some of you might have heard of Heston Blumenthal and his marvellous feasts he would prepare on his TV show. Rob and I used to love watching that TV show in NZ and Australia – He loves using dry ice to freeze ingredients. He make things that don’t look edible (like grass and soil garden) be delicious and the experience always seems to be wondrous. Well, he has a restaurant in his home town, Bray, just outside London – The Fat […]

20
Jan2013
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We couldn’t afford to go home for Christmas last year which sucked. But we were inspired by Caroline’s Orphans’ Christmas she invited us to in 2010 so decided to host our own. We had 4 Kiwis come up from London  and 2 Kiwis from down the road for 3 days of festivities. Brilliant! The weather was drizzly and awful while everyone was with us. We did manage to make it into town one morning to wander around and show them Cambridge […]

19
Jan2012
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All done with Canada, we leapt on another plane (the All Blacks safety video on the AirNZ flight was classic) to get home for Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at the Harte’s. We had a lovely 3 course meal which Helen ( Liz’s mum ) made – a salmon salad, roast turkey and trifle dessert. NOM NOM. Christmas day we headed up to Snells beach for the Bilkey Family Christmas. Firstly, we went straight out to get some scallops for […]

11
Dec2011
2

Our friend Richard introduced us to Sloe Gin – a sweet syrupy after-dinner drink that’s made from sloes and gin. Now, we didn’t know what sloes were, but we have a much better idea now. And we didn’t know how to make sloe gin, but thanks to Richard we now do. Firstly, we have to pick the sloes. Stage 1: Picking the Sloes Well, before you actually pick the sloes, you have to walk a long way to the sloe […]

29
Dec2010
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Because we actually know people in London (and not too many in Cambridge), it seemed like the better idea to head down to London for the Christmas holidays. And we had a *wonderful* time. Tripping Around During the week, we did touristy things and caught up with a bunch of people, namely Graham G. and Andrew M., Wendy and Abbey and finally Jess C at a Japanese noodle place I’d been dying to try. We tripped around London a bit […]

14
Oct2010
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One great things to come out of the Cambridge Food and Garden Festival was the produce we bought. We got some delicious locally made Apple juice. We bought a selection of yummy chocolate fudges. And we also bought some beautiful wild mushrooms. Combine these ingredients with a fresh loaf of sourdough and a Jaime Olvier recipe, and we have a top notch Sunday lunch. I’ve been getting quite into trying different recipes from the Jamie cookbooks because I can actually […]

10
Oct2010
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We’re still working out all the best ways to find out things that are ‘going on’ in Cambridge. We’ve signed up to a few mailing lists, picked up the free rag mags around but we’re still not in ‘the know’. We’ll work it out, I’m sure. So, I was pretty chuffed when we found out about the Cambridge Food and Garden Festival the week it was happening. We popped out in the drizzle to check it out. It’s only the […]

05
Sep2010
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As a farewell for Stewart and Amanda, Rob made pancakes and bananas for breakfast. Yum! He decided to be fancy and do banana flambe. Bring on the flame! But first, dice your bananas. Add them to your hot pan. Add a tablespoon of golden syrup. Fry and let the bananas caramelise. Now, it’s time for alcohol! You’re meant to use rum, but we didn’t have any. So whisky will do. Add the whisky to the super hot pan, tip a […]

21
Aug2010
2

After we bought that table and chairs, the other thing we got straight into was buying plates and cutlery, pots and pans. This series of shots basically shows you our wee kitchen, the only down fall of this property (water damage to the floor, peeling paint on the walls) but is nice enough. In the UK, it’s popular for pots and pans to be coloured, so we got some modest ones, but good quality. Rob decided to cook carbonara for […]

15
Aug2010
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A week ago, Rob finally got to start work at Bosch. After 9 weeks since his last day at Davey in Melbourne, it was like sending a bird out of the bloody nest for me, but a great relief for both of us. Bring on the 2 pay checks! Because Rob’s office, Bosch Lawn and Gardening, is in Stowmarket, he has to get an hour long train to work. I see a car in our future, I’m sure…. He works […]

24
Jul2010
4

So, we were back in London for a week and a half. A lovely, relaxing, week and a half. We spent most of that first week at Wendy and Abbey’s beautiful whare in Clapham North. One sunny afternoon, we decided to venture out to the garden and saw a squirrel eating a cherry out of the tree. What a good idea! So we decided to fetch our own cherries. Rob was up in the tree. And Wendy and Abbey were […]