Mushroom Pâté

Night Owl was telling me about a girl she works with who once was slathering pâté on bread for lunch, but who refused to believe that pâté was made of liver, because “liver is gross” or something along those lines. Night Owl – who loves her offal – viewed her comment with a large dose of incredulity, whereas…

Flaming High Tea @ Le Cordon Bleu

High tea is one of my favourite experiences: selecting the blend of tea, starting with a number of sandwiches with cold cuts, salad and cheese, fluffy scones slathered with jam and light-as-clouds whipped cream, and an assortment of delicate pastries – whether they be miniature buttery shortcrust tarts, silky handmade chocolates filled with oozy caramel,…

Mangomisu

Happy New Year, everyone! And so another year begins; I return to the office on Monday the 9th, and I have no doubt that writing “2017” will take a little while to get used to, as it always does at the start of every new year. I’ve recently returned from driving along the North Coast…

Beetroot Gravalax

I was pretty thrilled and excited when preparing for Christmas this year. It was to be the first year that I have made a proper Christmas dinner, as Night Owl’s mother finally caved in and agreed to join us for dinner on Christmas Day. She is not a big meat eater, stating that she prefers seafood, and…

Chefs Gallery

The last week of work for the year always seem to pass by the slowest. Despite the weather alternating from a scorching 38 degrees earlier last week to dropping by 20 degrees and drizzling rain, neither conditions are ideal for shopping – not that I can stomach the frenzied Christmas crowds and the humid air of…

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…