Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

February 16, 2018 marks the start of the Year of the Earth Dog in the Chinese zodiac.

According to the zodiac analysis, people born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.

They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life and usually enjoy harmonious relationships with other people.

Their strengths include being valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous and lively, but like all other zodiac signs they also have their weaknesses.

Valentine's Day 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

Did you send your love a dozen red roses on Valentine's Day?

Flowers have always been favourites when it comes to that special day for lovers, also known as a money-making opportunity for florists, chocolate, lingerie and jewellery shops.

According to tradition, roses symbolise love, tulips say believe me because I love you, orange blossoms mean eternal love and primroses mean they can't live without you.

Sometimes, though, a floral gift doesn't have the desired response.

Book review: 101 Things to take the stress out of Christmas By Robin Snow Published by Short Books RRP$12.99 If the thought of Christmas gets you into stress mode, perhaps this little book might help. 101 Things to take the stress out of Chri

Book review

101 Things to take the stress out of Christmas

By Robin Snow

Published by Short Books

RRP$12.99

If the thought of Christmas gets you into stress mode, perhaps this little book might help.

101 Things to take the stress out of Christmas is full of tips on how to deal with the last minute shopping, slaving over a hot turkey, entertaining the in-laws and more.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

A Wok on the Wild Side would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In the words of the festive tune, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the leg of ham is in the fridge, when I put cranberry sauce on my shopping list and I wonder if mango sorbet will go well with Christmas pudding.

Hopefully I will wake up early enough on Christmas Eve to get the largest oysters for dinner and prepare a vegetarian alternative to turkey and ham for my vegetarian daughter.

Taste of Melbourne 2017

Taste of Melbourne 2017

You can win a double pass to Taste of Melbourne 2017! Read on.

Where cuisine and culture collide.

This is the theme for this year's Taste of Melbourne which moves to its iconic new home at the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Yarra Park.

Celebrate this annual food and culture feast at the start of summer from 30 November to 3 December 2017!

Father's Day 2017

Father's Day 2017

Celebrate Father's Day this Sunday, 3 September 2017 with a special meal and a gift that he likes.

If he's an avid reader, try these books for starters.

Sam's Best Shot

By Dr James Best

Allen and Unwin

This is an inspiring book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism.

Life with a teenage boy on the autism spectrum has its challenges and 14-year-old Sam is a world authority on Harry Potter, but can't get to the corner store on his own.

Winners: CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition

Congratulations to the six lucky winners of the CocoEarth  Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition. They are:

Rhondda Fahey

Cheryl Richter

MJ Grosvenor

Joe Mercieca

K Fitzgerald

Joseph Then

All six recipients were delighted to receive a bottle of CocoEarth coconut oil each.

MJ Grosvenor said she was already a dedicated user of it, as it results in the most delicious flavour in her food.

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil.

If you're a health-conscious consumer these days, and who isn't, check out this recently launched liquid coconut cooking oil, which promises a number of health benefits.

Read to the end and enter the exciting competition where you can win a bottle of CocoEarth's Liquid Coconut Premium Oil!

CocoEarth launches Australia’s first Liquid Coconut Premium Oil (LCPO).

“We are so excited to introduce such a versatile and unique product to the market,” CocoEarth's founder Neeraj Sharma said.

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day 2017

If your mother is an avid reader, here are some gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Hippy Days Arabian Nights

By Katherine Boland

Published by Wild Dingo Press

This memoir by artist Katherine Boland is a rollicking good read.

Katherine follows her heart and her dreams with gusto, not stopping to consider the "could haves" or the "should haves."

She arrived in Australia as a child with her family on the 10-pound Pom scheme.

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