The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

I had originally thought that things couldn’t get better than the OG Ricotta Hotcakes recipe from Bill Granger, but how wrong I was. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I had been avidly reading through almost every post I could find on the Serious Eats website, and came across J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe for Light and Fluffy…

Brewtown Cammeray

I let my membership to my last gym lapse as the classes I was going too became overcrowded as they weren’t monitoring the class numbers. Night Owl continued to go to the same gym as she had PT sessions, but let me know that the gym has since halved in size but more than doubled their member…

Devil’s Food Cake

I don’t think it would come as any surprise to anyone that I used to harbour a big crush for Nigella Lawson. It’s by watching her shows that I first became enamoured with the joy of cooking, rather than seeing it as a chore. Nigella was usually on close to the start of my family…

Restaurant Plage

It never fails to astound me just how good life is living on the lower North Shore. I can walk to Balmoral Beach in forty minutes or drive it in ten minutes. If I’m not in the mood for waves, I can walk down to an ocean pool in fifteen minutes, and at the same…

Vietnam 2017

My opinion is that for a romantic relationship between two people to work, there needs to be a Type A and a Type B. Night Owl showed me a scene from a stand up comedy once, where the gentleman explains that the Type B person is the one that goes through life singing “La-di-dah”, skipping and…

Sepia

I’m back from holidays and amused at how we went. Prior to starting the two week getaway, Night Owl and I had extensively discussed her crustacean allergy and how we were going to manage it during a visit to Vietnam, where neither of us were familiar with the language or the food. Vietnamese cuisine is often based…

Hong Kong Char Siu

At the time of this post going live, I will be in Ho Chi Minh and heading off to Hanoi! The travel bug has bitten yet again and I’m spending the next two weeks exploring Vietnam and everything its wonderful food scene has to offer. I can’t wait to devour all of the pho, spring…

Restaurant Sasaki

It was difficult over the last couple of months to go onto social media without seeing at least one post about Restaurant Sasaki by an excited food blogger. Yu Sasaki is the creator behind the existing Cafe Cre Asion, another hole-in-the-wall establishment renown as one of the best Japanese cafes in Sydney – with an artistry…

The Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I’ve been recently a little obsessed with the website Serious Eats. If you haven’t heard of the site before, the creator J.Kenji Lopez-Alt is an absolute wizard to the same level as Heston Blumenthal. It’s not sous-vides and molecular gastronomy, but it’s still about the science of food – at its core, most basic fundamentals. Does a…

Mr Spofforth

The inner west has never really been on my list of places I would consider moving to – it’s simply too close to the city, too busy, and doesn’t feel like you’ve left behind the hustle and bustle of the CBD. You’re still in the midst of it all, and for those who love an…

Mushroom Tortellini

It surprised me a couple of months ago that its been a very long time since I made ravioli or tortellini. While pappardelle and lasagne sheets are my modus operandi, the last time I remember making an “encased” type of pasta was when I successfully made Uovo in Ravioli – a large ravioli filled with lemon-scented…

Italian Kitchen ‘Modo Mio’ My Way with Massimo Mele

Did you know that there are so many ways to make gnocchi? “Gnocchi” translates directly to “dough dumpling”, so essentially you can transform anything that binds together with starch into a dumpling. Some common forms of dumplings I’ve been making recently include traditional potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi, and gnocchi made with choux pastry, or pâte à…