Chimichurri Roast Spatchcock and Zucchini Salad

Prior to meeting Night Owl, there was never much of a kerfuffle made about Christmas. When I lived in the family home, I was usually overseas in Taiwan, and after I moved out to live by myself I spent it quietly by myself as my sister was interstate with my brother-in-law’s family for their festivities. My…

Sam Thai & Pizza Capers via EatNow

Apologies for being MIA for the longest while! With the changing seasons resulting in a nasty flu going around, as well as people heading overseas I’ve been kept on my toes for the last month or so with Zumba covers – teaching up to five evenings a week. I pushed my body to the stage…

Thai Berry

It’s a pretty giddy feeling having your birthday fall close to a long weekend. I’ve been thankful that for the last couple of years my birthday has fallen on or around the October Labor Day long weekend, however it also coincides with the return of Daylight Savings so it means that any partying done on…

To Deconstruct Sweetness

I had never been really a huge fan of marshmallows until that day. I remember the day when my Sister came home with a small bag of treats – mini marshmallows in various pretty pastel colours, sealed in the most adorable little bag with carry handles, emblazoned with the silver label “Sweetness the Patisserie”. It…

Japan 2016 Part 3: Kyoto, Hakone & Home

Day 7 (cont): The Pickle Market and An Excellent Pork Schnitty It was time to leave Hiroshima and get back onto the train to head north to our next stop: Kyoto. A 7-11 at Hiroshima Station provided us with sustenance: a karaage chicken noodle lunchbox, onigiri, and a Calpis soda – gosh I miss the…

Japan 2016 Part 2: Osaka and Hiroshima

Day 4 – Bullet train time!! En route to Osaka The next day we are packed and ready to get on our first ever Shinkansen train. We had not activated our JR passes upon entering Japan, as we knew our first couple of days would be in Tokyo. We headed to the JR counter in Tokyo…

Japan 2016 Part 1: Tokyo

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only three months or so since Night Owl and I returned from the glorious country of Japan. It’s the little moments like stepping into a tiny Japanese sushi house in Neutral Bay, hearing the “arigato gozaimasu” when I buy my Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake, the shock at seeing how expensive Japanese whiskey…

Vaucluse House Tearooms

I can’t believe its been a month since my last post! Moving last month certainly took a toll on my energy and creativity levels – not to mention my wallet. Prior to starting the nightmare task of packing, my brother-in-law – also a fellow culinary enthusiast – hazarded a guess that I would have more…

Hong Kong – a fly by

While we were starting to put together the idea of a trip to Japan late last year, Night Owl and I agreed that we would do a brief stop by Hong Kong. Neither of us have ever been but were intrigued by the idea of 24 hour yum cha and street markets selling counterfeit luxury goods. Japan…

Easy Berry Ricotta Muffins

I was told of my grandmother’s passing yesterday evening while I was recipe-testing these muffins. She made it to the impressive age of 95, thanks to regular walks and a rather lack lustre diet of minimally-processed foods without excess sugars, salts and fats. Saying that she was “a bit” of a hypochondriac might be a severe…

Roastville & thoughts on Orlando

Apologies for the late post this week, lovelies. With recent events in the news I wasn’t quite in the mood to write up my Monday regular post; I’m actually still quite shell-shocked about the news of the Orlando hate-crime terror shooting that happened over the weekend. Two nights ago I went to the candlelight vigil…

Lemon Dream Cake

I’ve had this recipe in my Bookmarks list for some time now, and it was a matter of waiting for the right occasion to pop up in order for me to make it. This is not a cake you make every-other-day – and when it came to my dessert-duties for Mother’s Day lunch, I knew…