Feta and sundried tomato dip

feta and sundried tomato dip

I found this easy dip recipe on the internet the other day.  I  needed a quick and easy dip for a morning tea we were having at work and wanted to try something different. I came across this recipe so I thought I’d try it. I’m a sucker for feta and sundried tomatoes. Put them together and I’m in heaven.

It is such a simple recipe that all you do is mix olive oil, greek yoghurt and the crumbled feta cheese with a spoon.  It took a few probably five minutes to get it to a smooth, even consistency. The final step is to add the chopped tomatoes and put in the fridge overnight so the flavours can blend together.  Many people at work commented on how nice it was. I think it the base would be nice to add whatever you wanted to it such as smoked salmon, olives. You could pretty much put your stamp on it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (3)

I took this photo yesterday at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix yesterday in Melbourne. The Roulettes fly over every year and do a series of acrobatic moves.  The beautiful blue sky provided the perfect background.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (2)

I came across this photo a few days ago and realised it fits the challenge from three weeks ago.


The building is the life-saving club at Carrum Beach. We had a family beach wedding there a few weeks ago.


Roasted tomato and goats cheese tart

I found this really simple, yet so tasty, tart recipe on the internet a week or so ago and knew it would be perfect for lunch with a friend last weekend. I bought a tart case from the supermarket because I knew I wouldn’t have time to make it from scratch. I love recipes where you need to roast tomatoes or capsicums because you get so much natural flavour. And the house smells beautiful when they are cooked.

Tomato and goats cheese tart - cooked

Tomato and goats cheese tart - uncooked

Tomato and goats cheese tart - tomatoes

I got this recipe from a website: http://www.savorysimple.net/roasted-tomato-and-goat-cheese-quiche/

Vic/SA: Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland

The lighthouse sits atop jagged cliffs, more than 50m above the sea on the Victorian coast at Portland. I think this is where I fell in love with lighthouses. Ever since, if I’m near a lighthouse I just have to go and see it. This one is still operational and provides a beacon over Bass Strait, one of the most dangerous waters in the world.




The old cottages have been converted to accommodation since we visited but the lighthouse is no longer manned. Technology does all the work now.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania. This wing of the house contains the kitchen on the ground level and the staff quarters upstairs.  The house was built in the 1830’s when Australia was still very young.


Dawn Princess cruise ship, docked at Mason Cove at Port Arthur




Victoria/South Australia: Blue Lake, Mt Gambier

The Blue Lake sits in an extinct volcano. It is actually one of four crater lakes in Mt Gambier. One of the others is just on the other side of the road. For most of the year it is a regular deep blue colour but in November, and almost overnight, the colour changes to a deep, intense blue. This normally lasts until February and by March it has returned to its normal colour.

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All three of the above photos, when placed side-by-side, give a panoramic view of the lake.

The Pumping Station below is still used to provide fresh drinking water for Mt Gambier.

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Victoria/South Australia: Larry the Lobster

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Larry the Lobster sits outside The Big Lobster cafe in the small South Australian town of Kingston SE. He is nicknamed Larry the Lobster and was built to attract people and encourage them to stop and try some of the local food and wine. It certainly worked for us. After driving for hours without a break it was just what we needed.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #7- Old-fashioned punt crossing

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Wellington, South Australia is the original punt crossing on the Murray River. It is run by the South Australian government. Every day it ferries cars, trucks and caravans from one side of the river to the other. It’s a quaint step back in time but is much cheaper than building a bridge apparently.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #7

Victoria/South Australia: Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island


By the time we drove to Cape Willoughby along a very rough road, a storm was approaching. In the end it didn’t hit land but moved out to sea. The result was the very moody sky in the above photo. The building in the foreground is the cellar door for Dudley Wines. We had just left there


Victoria/South Australia: Kingscote, Kangaroo Island


Kingscote is the largest town on Kangaroo Island with a population of around 2,000. It was established in 1836. At one stage they thought it could become the capital of South Australia but it was later decided it didn’t have enough resources so the capital was established in Adelaide on the mainland. It’s a really nice town with some great architecture. I’d love to go back there one day and spend more time exploring both Kingscote and the whole island.




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