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…

Truffle Mushroom Pappardelle

I recently decided to splurge on a very luxurious little piece of winter specialty… a humble black truffle from the Madame Truffles  pop up store in Surry Hills, located in the cantina below Pasta Emilia. It set me back about $86 for a 30g little squash-sized ball, and smelled very olive-like in aroma. I carefully hustled the little funghi…

Pretzels with Roasted Garlic & Mustard Butter

Recently Night Owl has gone back to working behind the bar two nights a week again, which leaves me with the exciting nights of Friday and Saturday free. Instead of hitting up the party scene like I would have done six or eight years ago, grown-up me now spends these evenings have an exciting time lounging on…

Pasta Emilia

Its been a long while since I ordered pasta out. When you learn how to make pasta yourself at home, you can’t help but laugh at the tomato-laden prawn linguine on the bar bistro menu. Hand-made pasta compared to the horrendous dried pasta I used to use and eat has a characteristic silkiness to it;…

Easiest-ever Scones

One of the first recipes that we made in Home Economics in high school was scones. I didn’t see the allure of them back then in my younger years – I enjoyed the heavier, sweeter flavours of chocolate and the like; I had not yet experienced my first high tea, the joy in the ritual…

Devon Cafe, Barangaroo

I’ve been under fire from my mother recently about my weight. It’s certainly a hard balance to keep, what with an office job and a love of food, but I think I do fairly well – I teach Zumba twice a week, do yoga twice a week, and twice a week will spend an hour…

Chocolate Hazelnut Buttermilk Cake

Apologies for the no-post last week, kittens. Its been an emotional couple of weeks for me lately bogged down with family issues. I won’t go into it too much, but basically what has happened is that I came out to my parents (it’s in my previous post of Hot Cross Buns) a couple of months ago…

Taiwanese Beef Stew Noodle Soup

It’s supposedly 18 degrees today but with the sideways rain it’s feeling more like 9 degrees. The secretary at my work has had the worst luck of booking a Vivid light show cruise – for those not in Australia, Vivid is a two-week long event when Sydney city puts on their flashiest light shows and…

Henrys Cronulla

There’s a giddy sense of freedom about driving; the ability to get where you like within your own personal little bubble – music playing, air con on at the perfect temperature, the scenery passing you by. Night Owl and I have been taking advantage of the new lady in our lives – our beloved second-hand Holden Astra we…

Passionfruit Vanilla Macarons

Has anyone ever seen that strange phenomenon outside where there’s a breeze going from a steady direction, but at some spot on the pavement there’s a random tightly-knit swirling circle of leaves and dust; seeming to go at its own pace? There’s probably some sort of scientific or meteorological explanation for this, but I’d much…