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…

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…