Arizona

English Tea Rooms, mesquite grilled chicken + smoked brisket in a Frontier Town.

English Tea Rooms, mesquite grilled chicken + smoked brisket in a Frontier Town.

We drove up to the little towns Carefree and Cave Creek in Arizona for the day today. First stop was afternoon tea at the famous English Rose Tea Rooms in Carefree (on Easy Street. Yep. On Easy Street in Carefree).   These tea rooms had […]

Dancing butterflies.

Dancing butterflies.

Today we visited Butterfly Wonderland, a new butterfly museum with the largest conservatory in the United States. We watched a 3D movie on butterflies then saw a hatchery where the butterflies were coming out of their chrysalis. Then we head into the enclosure to walk […]

Rockclimbing, Australia in Arizona, American BBQ + a night as a cowgirl.

Rockclimbing, Australia in Arizona, American BBQ + a night as a cowgirl.

Started the day with Mike and Chris at Focus Climbing Center. I haven’t been rock climbing since I was a kid, so was really excited to try it again. Afterwards we head up towards Apache Junction to the Arboretum. We wandered around amongst the trees, […]

My new ‘local’, banana bread beer, coconut cocktails + a new hip taco joint.

My new ‘local’, banana bread beer, coconut cocktails + a new hip taco joint.

So my stuff arrived in Arizona from Australia. We picked it up yesterday, running around the airport area getting Customs stamps and paying import fees, and then finally being allowed to load my 400 pounds of cookbooks and a few assorted clothing items into the […]

Fresh pasta, red velvet cake, syrah + huntin’ shootin’ & fishin’.

Fresh pasta, red velvet cake, syrah + huntin’ shootin’ & fishin’.

Last night I showed my little brother how to make fresh egg pasta by hand. We went a bit crazy kneading the dough, and then rolled it out to make pumpkin, nutmeg and ricotta ravioli. I fried up some fresh sage leaves in a beurre […]

Harvesting citrus + baking cookies.

Harvesting citrus + baking cookies.

The citrus trees in our yard are bursting with fruit. Grapefruits and tangelos are dropping off the branches and littering the lawn like glistening, vivid spheres. Today I decided it was high time to use some of them up in my baking. There is something […]

A hike up South Mountain.

A hike up South Mountain.

South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the United States, and is one of the largest urban parks in North America and in the world. Mike took me for a hike up to one of the tops of the hills to see the […]

A trip to Jerome, Arizona.

A trip to Jerome, Arizona.

Jerome is a little town in Arizona, about two hours from Phoenix that is based above what was the largest copper mine in the United States. The mine produced 3 million pounds of copper per month, and in its heyday the town was home to […]

Freshly baked danishes, gingerbread lattes, Milky Way cocktails + ice skating.

Freshly baked danishes, gingerbread lattes, Milky Way cocktails + ice skating.

Starting a lazy saturday with freshly baked danishes is probably one of my favourite things. At midday we decided to head out. We stopped into Hillside Spot in Ahwatukee for really, really big gingerbread lattes. After a sugar breakfast and that coffee I was a […]

A New Years Day in Phoenix.

A New Years Day in Phoenix.

What did we do first day of 2014? I crashed at my friends Chris and Jasmine’s house where we all spent New Years. We watched the New York countdown on TV – and woke up to a cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs. Definitely a good […]

Goodbye to one of the most formative, blissful and charmed years of my life.

Goodbye to one of the most formative, blissful and charmed years of my life.

This year we were some of the last people in the world to reach 2014. I watched my friends in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Thailand (and even in New York) celebrate the end of 2013, and then finally it was my turn to say […]

Pear pastries, apricot + ginger dip, cookbooks + family.

Pear pastries, apricot + ginger dip, cookbooks + family.

Christmas morning goes pretty much the same every year in the Kingston-Williams household. Wake up, make coffee, grill some ham and cheese croissants, mix up apricot jam, desiccated coconut, 1/2 sour cream 1/2 low fat yoghurt, and chopped crystallised ginger to taste, chop all sorts […]



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