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…

Five Days in Hong Kong

It’s the worst form of torture to constantly receive flight sale notifications when you’re almost broke! It’s the promise and lure of an upcoming holiday which keeps me going through the working day, the working week, the working month. Night Owl and I have recently booked flights in October to Vietnam for $350 return (bangin’ bargain), and…