Easter weekend in the Hunter Valley

A good few words start with W… winter, warmth and wine. With the drop into the cooler season of autumn, come Easter long weekend both Night Owl and myself knew we were both in dire need of a break. Our Hong Kong trip (which I am still yet to write about) felt like eons ago, and with both of our…

Holy Duck!

It’s hard not to see the changing landscape of Sydney. My office is down near World Square and on one side there’s the edge of the old monorail hanging suspended off the edge of the building, the station an old relic as construction hammers out on the road below for the CBD light rail. Small…

Hot Cross Buns

I introduced Night Owl to my parents for the first time last weekend – can you believe it? I have never introduced a person I’m dating to my parents before. It’s a little scary letting go of certain feelings that you have felt for a long duration of time. For example, I entered into my current relationship…

Bishop Sessa

I don’t know if this is the case for anyone else, but I think it’s alarming how quickly romantic nights out become a thing of the past when you move in and settle down with your significant other. If you both have 9-5 jobs, you develop a routine incredibly quickly: the morning ritual of getting…

Quinoa-crumbed chicken schnitzel

A couple of months ago Night Owl said she wanted to go back to the gluten-free diet she had once pursued (prior to us starting dating). Stuck for ideas – as the main cook in our little household of two – I had a browse of my ever-slowly-expanding cookbook collection. I picked out my copy of Feel…

Golden Sands Restaurant

I’m terribly excited because this time tomorrow I will be on a flight to Hong Kong! I know I already went last year, but when Night Owl and I were discussing where to go for our two year anniversary celebration, we immediately thought about the too-short stay we had in Hong Kong. It was wet season…

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…