Moussaka

Only one more week left to the end of my 10 week total transformation challenge, and I’m already planning all of the things I want to eat again: ramen, croissants, beer… but then on the other hand, I’m terrified of blowing out and going back to the way things were before. Night Owl and I actually…

Devil’s Food Cake

I don’t think it would come as any surprise to anyone that I used to harbour a big crush for Nigella Lawson. It’s by watching her shows that I first became enamoured with the joy of cooking, rather than seeing it as a chore. Nigella was usually on close to the start of my family…

Bourbon Maple Cookies

So the Night Noodle Markets wrapped up last Friday for yet another year, and dare I say that this year possibly had the most variety? I make a habit of dropping in at least once every year to observe the snaking lines, the plumes of smoke, and the flood of people post 5pm-knock-off jostling for a table…

Rose & Raspberry Meringue Tarts

I remember my teenage years when I first started to develop an interest in fragranced body products. Of course it started out with those early years of fascination with bubblegum or grape Lip Smackers, transitioning to hand creams and body washes scented with citrus and cocoa butter. Perfume-wise I’ve always preferred lighter, fresher scents over musk or…

Polenta Fries

I certainly hope you all managed to clean up your Christmas lunches and get under shelter before the storm hit yesterday afternoon! I love the progression of a balmy Sydney summer storm – the flawless burningly bright-hot blue skies at the beginning, the stifling, cloying humidity as the clouds begin to ominously roll over, the…

Butterscotch Pecan Self-Saucing Pud

Winter is the season of squishy baby food. Hot, creamy potato mash, thickened tangy jus and sauces, oozy cheesy lasagne and this soft, melt-in-the-mouth self-saucing pudding is no exception. This was to be dessert for a weekend lunch at The Sister’s place; and it was ridiculously simple to quickly rustle up the hour before we…