Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

panettone bread and butter pudding
A festive Italian-inspired dessert  I say "Italian-inspired" because there'd be plenty of Italian nonnas who wouldn't approve at all, but this bread and butter pudding is even BETTER with the Panettone. Panettone is a fruit-flecked bread that originated in Milan, enjoyed over Christmas and New Year. You can pick up a panettone in most Australian supermarkets (in the bread section) but the absolute BEST I've ever tasted is from Simon Johnson, the luxury food retailer. It's beautifully presented in a gift box, too. So, buy yourself a panettone and give this luscious ...

A Family Friendly Yallingup Holiday

Yallingup might be highly regarded for it’s legendary surf and spectacular coastline, but to those in the know, there’s plenty on offer for the entire family. We’ve explored all options, from 35 metres underground, to 18 metres above ground, no level was off limits. Here are a few of our favourites...

Wildflowers, Walks, Whales & Woylies

Seasons come and go, but it’s hard to miss Spring in the South West when nature puts on it’s annual show. There’s plenty to see and do, so dust off that hat of yours and let’s get exploring!

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Summer Holidays in Portugal

We have recently returned from a fabulous two-week holiday exploring everything Portugal has to offer, and are itching to share our fabulous memories! From experiencing the great hospitality and generosity of the Portuguese people, to eating the freshest seafood simply grilled on the open coals - we feel that we have truly been able to embrace Portuguese culture, life, and food.   Seeing the various villages of untouched beauty and tasting specialty dishes from all regions made us feel like we were stepping back in time, and Portugal's stunning ...

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Best Boutique Wineries around Margaret River

Discover the lesser known cellar doors we love Taking a wine tour is one of the top things to do when visiting the Margaret River region. And while there are over 200 wineries and countless executive-level wine estates, there are also many boutique wineries around Margaret River. To help in your search for a nice drop at smaller, more intimate cellar doors, we've put together this list of our favourite and best boutique wineries. Cheers and enjoy.   Arimia Set in the bushland, off the beaten track, is a charming little winery called Arimia. As you drive ...

JAZZ BY THE BAY IS BACK!

  Jazz By The Bay - hundreds of different events over 3 days - from 5pm Friday 1st June until 8pm Monday 4th June. Go to jazzbythebay.com.au for the full programme and get in to the swing!!! Head to the Bay for The Cool Sounds of Jazz We would argue that the South West is the place to be on any weekend - what could be more ideal. Nevertheless, once every year it exceeds even its own expectations and becomes the only place to be for jazz lovers everywhere, as the now famous annual Jazz by the Bay event swings round. It all begins on Friday 1st June ...

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Margaret River Region Open Studios

This is a fabulous event absolutely worth attending - no matter how far you have to travel! Artists open their studios to the public from 9th - 24th April 2016. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet local artists in their own studio or home, such as Leon Pericles (pictured). At the time of writing we still have accommodation available for most of the event duration.

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Spoil Yourself with Classic Concierge Services

Plan ahead to enjoy this gorgeous arrival platter, using Classic Concierge, a local business that we are happy to recommend. They use local ingredients including Yallingup Cheese Company, Yallingup Wood-Fired Bread, Gaby's Muesli, Margaret River Free Range Eggs. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the quality and quantity of the produce, and the  exceptional service. Refer to their website - www.classicconcierge.com.au  

Birdwatching Margaret River: A guide for nature lovers

Pelican at Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp
Blue wrens, honeyeaters and black cockatoos - here's where to find them Watching and listening to birds in their natural habitat is a relaxing way to re-connect with nature. For visitors, birdwatching in Margaret River may not rank as highly as spotting a kangaroo  but one thing's for sure, there's plenty of opportunity to view Australia's feathered fauna here. Spotting the birds of the South West is a fun way to get out and about in the great outdoors. On a bird walk not only will you encounter the avifauna (galahs, wrens, cockatoos) you'll experience the beauti...

Chocolate, Peanut and Honey Truffles

Delectable treats for your loved one(s)! Valentine's Day is just round the corner, and the best gift is one made with love. A dinner, a box of home made truffles, or (for all the mums with little kids) - a sleep in would be amazing! These truffles are wonderfully simple to make. The kids always help me with the scooping and rolling - I'm sure they devour half the mixture as they work! We wish you, and your loved ones, a fantastic Valentines Day!   Ingredients 60 g butter 380g milk chocolate 110g honey 100ml cream 100g salted peanuts, ...