Author Archives: DonnaRae

About DonnaRae

Let me introduce myself. I am an American born Australian bred girl with an appetite for good food, travel and a bit of adventure. My family has travelled a lot due to my dads work and I suppose this is what has given me the passion to get out there and see as much as I can and do the things I want. I hope I can bring you a bit of fun, laughter and a few good recipes. Enjoy and be happy always!

Docklands Lotus – Great location but the beauty of the Lotus just didn’t shine through.

Recently on a visit to Melbourne Wayne and I decided to stay at the Docklands rather than in the city.  We had arrived in Melbourne from Hobart late Australia Day morning and after a casual stroll to get acquainted with … Continue reading

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New Zealand – The Teaser!

  A new year and can you believe we are already well in to February?  I am loving 2017 so far as we have been busy travelling and visiting family and there is still more to come!  We’ve been to … Continue reading

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Makes approx. 8 Ingredients: 500 grams good quality pork mince ¼ tsp celery salt ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp marjoram ½ tsp red pepper flacks 1 tsp dried sage 1 tsp brown sugar 2 … Continue reading

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A new year, new ideas and more cooking and travel.  I was thinking the other day about what I would like to write about this year and a recipe popped up on my facebook page with a picture and recipe … Continue reading

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The Way Mum Made It. A cookbook of ‘Treasured family recipes from Australian kitchens’

When I think about cooking and food I always think of my mum. It always brings back memories of growing up, the foods we ate, where my mum shopped, how she shopped and how she fed anyone and everyone that … Continue reading

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Travelling the world is fantastic especially if you plan and prepare!

I’ve been thinking a lot about my travels past, present and future and how much I have learned over the years about making my life easier when I am traveling.  So I’ve decided to share a few of my hints … Continue reading

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Over the past few days I have been looking at photos, looking for the ones I can use on my blog and in my book.  Yes that’s right, I am writing a cookbook/memoir to share with anyone out there who … Continue reading

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Yes I’m back! With some spice in my step and a review of Saffron Indian Restaurant Hobart.

You may have noticed I’ve been away from the computer and writing for a spell but I’ve still been cooking up a storm as they say and eating, of course!  Not much stops me from doing those things.  It’s been an up and … Continue reading

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Makes approx. 4-6 serves depending on what you serve with it! Ingredients: 1 kilogram topside/bolar roast, cut into bitesize cubes (and trimmed of fat) 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 spring onions, sliced (keeping green parts for later) 3 cloves … Continue reading

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No pictures today just a bit of rambling happiness!

It amazes me that the smallest things in life are the ones that make us smile!  And these same small tokens give us the inspiration to do what we love! The other day I received a comment on my blog … Continue reading

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