Mango Hill Cottages &
Hill Of Promise Winery

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Private Cottage
  • Double From $150 Per Night
  • Free Wine Tasting!

Mango Hill Cottages &
Hill Of Promise Winery

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Private Cottage
  • Double From $150 Per Night
  • Free Wine Tasting!

Mango Hill Cottages &
Hill Of Promise Winery

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Private Cottage
  • Double From $150 Per Night
  • Free Wine Tasting!

Mango Hill Cottages &
Hill Of Promise Winery

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Private Cottage
  • Double From $150 Per Night
  • Free Wine Tasting!

ciao tutti… chilly Wed 3rd June here on the Hill

June 2, 2020

ciao tutti! Chilly Wednesday here on the Hill. The Little Cellar Rat has Baked Rice and Baked Custard in the oven. Oh, that wonderfully warm smell of nutmeg does it every time.
Find yourself scratching around on the shelf, trying to find that whisk, that can opener, that peeler. I know it’s in there… but they all look alike! Get out your little torch. It’s a definite stress buster, especially when time is in short supply.
Stay warm, vary your tasks, scarf- up and take that bucket of scraps down to the compost heap. Never know what surprises you’ll discover en route.

alla prossima!!


ciao tutti…..happy 1st June to us all.

June 1, 2020

June in the Julian – Gregorian Calendar is named after  Juno, Roman goddess, wife of chief god Jupiter and goddess of marriage .

June contains the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere (the day with the greatest number of daylight hours) and the winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere (the day with the fewest number of daylight hours)

It is only the second month named after or in honour of a woman.  Hmm…. we can blame that on those toga wearing Roman emperors.

Happy Month to those amongst us named June, celebrating a birthday or a wedding anniversary!

alla prossima!

ciao tutti ….. le weekend!

May 29, 2020

ciao tutti….le weekend! Has a certain ring to it in any language, does it not! What are your plans?
The Little Cellar Rat got to it yesterday with the little Makita finishing sander and gave the wooden chopping boards a good once over. She’s collected 8 or 9 over the years and yes, they all get used – ‘horses for courses’. They’re a pleasure to use, easy to clean and sanitise and they don’t blunt your knives. Teach other members of the tribe to use one for onions and garlic and a separate one for fruit and nuts. Write these instructions on each one with permanent pen – no excuses then…. She’s off to do that now! buona cucina, buon appetito!


ciao tutti! Friday ….. and another milestone on the road to recovery

May 29, 2020

ciao tutti! Friday ….. and another milestone on the road to recovery.
End of the school week, the kiddlies are coming home starving and of course they’re continuing the Friday Afternoon Pancake tradition established or re-established during Schooling From Home. Most folk, both big and small, like the cooking side,(because you get to EAT SOMETHING) but no so much the washing up side. The Little Cellar Rat’s mother gave her a great tip aeons ago and that was to have a small container of hot soapy water in the sink to wash spoons etc as you use them, that way one tablespoon can be used and re-used and keep the pile of washing up under control. buona cucina… buon appetito!


ciao tutti…… 4 amigos

May 27, 2020

ciao tutti! With many opportunities during the prolonged CV Lockdown for everyone to experiment in the kitchen, no doubt the kids will have some interesting and tasty lunches (homemade, self- made) packed into the school bags this week. The Little Cellar Rat finds having much used herbs & spices stored together simplifies and speeds up things.
Her 4 Amigos – Italian herbs, smoky paprika, chilli flakes and cracked paper.
buona cucina… buon appetito!


ciao tutti…. useful, multifunctional

May 26, 2020

ciao tutti! The Little Cellar Rat likes basic objects that are multi-functional. Take the humble milk crate: light weight, sturdy, economical. Just for starters…. Good as a mini-table for your coffee and a read + write in the sun, helpful in the garden (now… where did those secateurs go?) as temporary storage, a handy seat if you’re tidying out a low cupboard. (DO NOT however be tempted to use as a stool, right!)
Stay safe, stay sane and remember we are all still journeying together.
0408 875 305



ciao tutti…. we’ve made it to another Friday!

May 22, 2020

ciao tutti …. Friday and the overcast sky invites us to find a little spot in the sun. What’s on the menu for lunch? Whatever it is, choose a piece of crockery that brings a smile, summons up memories, makes you laugh out loud or shed a tear… possibly both. buon appetito….. alla prossima!
YES – Cellar Door OPEN today for take-aways. Loving the phone orders so far!! 0408 875 305 4126 1311


ciao tutti…. It’s Wednesday. Did someone say curry???

May 20, 2020

ciao tutti… It’s Wednesday and those chilly fingers of a southerly are tapping on the windows here on The Hill.

Did someone say CURRY ??? If you haven’t made an acquaintance with these little beauties then now’s the time. KAFFIR LIME LEAVES work magic on just a simple Tinned Pink Salmon Curry. The little Cellar Rat likes to leave them whole, but you can finely shred them.

If you don’t have a ‘Go To Curried Salmon’ recipe, check out ours in the next post . It’s simple enough for the kids to make.

buona cucina … buon appetito … alla prossima!


ciao tutti…. Tuesday and a bit of chill around the workplace?

May 19, 2020

ciao tutti! A bit of a chill around the workplace this morning? Hmmm…. soup comes to mind which brings the Little Cellar Rat to this morning’s post, a food related Italian idiom.

In English – ‘ every little bit helps’
In Italian – ‘tutto  fa brodo’ (lit: everything makes soup!)
Stay safe, stay sane and remember we are getting through this together. buona cucina… alla prossima!


ciao tutti…..Sunday …. zzzzzz …. and time for something slow-cooked.

May 17, 2020

ciao tutti…. Sunday and is that z-z-z-z-z-z I can hear! You most likely have something in the slow cooker bubbling away and filling the house with aromas that are nourishing and sing of flavour. In the Cellar Rat’s kitchen it’s slow cooked neck lamb chops with the usual suspects of red wine, tomatoes and fresh herbs. If you shy away from lamb because you find it too fatty, here are a few tips from experience and la cucina di Maria:
-cut off as much fat as you can BEFORE you brown lamb (the exception is a leg or shoulder to be roasted)
-spoon off any fat that remains at the end but you can also use several layers of paper towelling (one at a time) or throw in some ice cubes and watch the fat solidify. Sure, you can chill and remove later but if you want to enjoy immediately, these work for TLCR.
buona cucina! bun appetito!


The Perfect Stop-Over Point to
Explore South East Queensland

  • Located at our winery - Hill Of Promise!
  • Situated half-way between Brisbane & Rockhampton
  • 40 minutes to Bundaberg
  • 50 minutes to Maryborough
  • 30 minutes to Woodgate beach
  • 60 minutes to Hervey Bay & Departure points for Fraser Island & Lady Elliott Island
  • 2.25 hours to 1770 - The departure point for Lady Musgrave Island