The Summer holidays are about to begin and as we do every year my family and I pack our bags on Boxing Day and head off on a mini vacay. It's just a four day break and we venture only an hour from home. There's a couple of reasons we don't travel too far - work, cash flow and car sickness. I suffered from car sickness / motion sickness as a child and still do in certain circumstances and I seem to have passed it onto my children. We've been caught out many times on day trips with the back seat of the car soaked in spew and me trying to locate the nearest Kmart or Best & Less as I'd stupidly forgotten to pack a change of clothes. Tiny Whiny #1 seems to have grown out of it but Tiny Whiny #2 I think is stuck with it for life. I still remember a trip to the Gold Coast about 3 years ago where he & I both lost a hat each in the car (they were the only things I had handy besides my handbag that could catch the spray, thank goodness because it was a hire car) and he filled and air sick bag on the flight. Poor little man. So whenever we travel we try to keep the distance no longer than 1hr from home but if we absolutely have to travel further, we need to allow for regular stops.
‘Tis the season to be merry, and we all know that good wine is a pivotal part of the perfect Christmas table.
“When you pair the right wine with your menu, it really heightens the flavours of both the food and the wine itself,” explains Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Australia’s leading direct to consumer wine retailer Cellarmasters.
Here, Christine shares her top tips for getting your festive flavours right.
The festive season is upon us and because we celebrate it in the heat of Summer, there's nothing like enjoying a cool cocktail or two to make Christmas a little merrier. While some may enjoy their festive beverages with a splash of alcohol, others may prefer theirs to be alcohol free so they can avoid a headache the following morning. Whatever your preference, here are some recipes you might like to try.....
Wining and whining my way through life.