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…

Dinner with Marley Spoon: Lamb Polpette

I had a bit of a meltdown a couple of months ago. One evening at home – I can’t remember if it was in the kitchen or snuggled up on the sofa watching Netflix – but in any case it was after dinner, I asked Night Owl that age-old question of “What would you like for dinner tomorrow night?”…

A Blue Mountains Winter Getaway

Winter is truly one of the best times for road-trippin’. Accommodation prices are slashed as people are usually reluctant to go travelling during this time, but I personally love driving out of Sydney. The roads are less congested, restaurants less busy, and there’s nothing quite like that first frosty deep inhale when you wake up…

Redskin Macarons

Does anyone still remember those Pick & Mixes you could get at variety stores? Where you chose what size of cup you wanted before staring in awe at the whole selection of lollies and sweets, sherbets and gummy bears, loading up your cup and reverently taking it to the checkout before devouring it at home….

Chaco Bar

It’s no secret to those that are close to me that I love Japan. Before my first visit, it was not on my list of must-visit places in the world – back then, I was still naive, and wanted to go to Paris, the States, like every wide-eyed teenager. It was upon graduating university that…

Bitter Caramel & Chocolate Custard Layer Cake

When I get into the office in the morning I usually take ten or fifteen minutes to prep my morning cup of tea and breakfast – whether it’s some maple porridge or an open toastie. Recently the open toastie has been a slab of rye sourdough from a beautiful loaf I purchased from Schwarz Bakery…

Stanbuli

You all know by now that aside from our regular 9-5 weekday jobs, Night Owl and I both engage in side jobs; Zumba for me, and bartending for her. She’s been working at Enmore’s The Gretz now for over a year –  on and off – even though she’s moved from Enmore to across the Bridge to join me…