Cherry Pie

You will probably be horrified to hear that at my place we have two entertainment subscription services – not just Netflix, but also Stan. Netflix is under my name, and often I’ll watch episodes of Jessica Jones or Mind of a Chef while doing my thing in the kitchen, while the missus has Stan and is mowing through Seinfield and Will & Grace episodes as…

Hot Cross Buns

I introduced Night Owl to my parents for the first time last weekend – can you believe it? I have never introduced a person I’m dating to my parents before. It’s a little scary letting go of certain feelings that you have felt for a long duration of time. For example, I entered into my current relationship…

Easy Berry Ricotta Muffins

I was told of my grandmother’s passing yesterday evening while I was recipe-testing these muffins. She made it to the impressive age of 95, thanks to regular walks and a rather lack lustre diet of minimally-processed foods without excess sugars, salts and fats. Saying that she was “a bit” of a hypochondriac might be a severe…

Lemon Dream Cake

I’ve had this recipe in my Bookmarks list for some time now, and it was a matter of waiting for the right occasion to pop up in order for me to make it. This is not a cake you make every-other-day – and when it came to my dessert-duties for Mother’s Day lunch, I knew…

Blueberry Bagels

Back in primary school I remember for one of our school excursions we visited a bagel factory. I wasn’t sure what educational purpose there was in visiting the bagel factory in the first place, but each of us left with a bag of assorted bagels and my vague memory of the day has always told…

Fig & Persimmon Almond Yoghurt Cake

When I meet someone new and they discover that I practice as a solicitor, the usual question that will usually come up in conversation is: “What made you want to do law?” My running joke is that I thought at the time that law looked cool thanks to that iconic movie, Legally Blonde – which always gets…

Poppyseed Bagels

In the middle of last week, late on a weekday evening I had been talking with Night Owl about how things had been before we had met. I had been romantically single for about five years at that point, and after moving out of the family home I became fiercely self-sufficient – my “lone wolf” syndrome had…

Galettes: Black Star Pastry X Delicious Masterclass

It used to be that if you wanted to learn how to make artisan cakes and pastries, your options were to either enroll in Le Cordon Bleu or a TAFE course. But what about those of us who don’t intend to really look at doing it as a career, but rather want to take on…

Alfajores

I am not a hipster – never have been, and never will be – by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve never been the one who joins in on the frenzy to try a new craze – waiting until over a year to try infamous – near Sydney celebrity status – creations such as the Black…

Apple & Rhubarb Pie

So I know that Sydney-siders are currently in the full grip of summer and baking a hot dessert is probably the last thing on your mind, but what else is one to do if one buys amazingly fresh and brightly-coloured apples and rhubarb from the farmers’ market? This post follows on from my market visit…

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…

Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake

It’s quite funny how seasonal fruit works sometimes – citrus is a major fruit I crave during the warmer months, but yet it’s only at its peak during winter. While this is great for a Vitamin C boost in the midst of cold and flu season, lemons are dear when squeezed over fresh seafood and…