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…

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…

Apple Cinnamon Scrolls

Winter: it’s the season for aromatic, slow-cooked stews and casseroles, and the fragrance of spices, cocoa and burnt butter emanating from the oven. The biggest bonus is that with the weather being so chilly; standing in front of a stove or oven is hardly a trial unlike in summer where you prefer to be away…

My Bread & Butter Pudding

I’ve always had the biggest crush on custard. As a toddler I loved the stuff so much that my mum used to buy litre cartons of it and I’d eat cups of it. Fresh custard tarts puffy from the local bakery, lightly dusted with spicy nutmeg, perfectly flaky and buttery egg custard tarts at yum…

Bun Mese

What do you think your spirit animal would be? We played a lot of games like this among our team at my old office. I wasn’t present for this one, but around the office there were some interesting responses: a girl who admitted she preferred being a homebody to going out called herself a wombat,…

Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Oh, the joys of apartment living. Moving into a very old apartment, it seemed to be a given that there would be a plethora of problems in our first couple of weeks. The gas-heated fireplace in my friend’s room turns on by itself randomly, the toilet liked to randomly flush on its own, my bedroom…

Olive Rosemary Focaccia

My last experience in baking with yeast involved a failed pizza dough in the middle of winter and since then, I haven’t so much as dared to try and bake my own bread. With my recent invitation to Masterchef Australia auditions, however, I felt that it was about time that I start to conquer my…

Breakfast Bruschetta

On weekday mornings where I have 10 minutes to eat breakfast, pre-preparation is the essential ingredient and I always go with something quick to throw together; porridge sachets for example, or my pre-made quinoa granola if I have any left. Breakfast becomes a routine, something to quickly satisfy the early morning pangs of hunger, while…

Bourke Street Bakery

After having a very satisfying brunch at Bills, Girl From the Bus and I consulted my printout from Google Maps and began to slowly walk our way over to our second foodie stop of the day, Bourke Street Bakery. Bourke Street Bakery is located in the very leafy heart of Surry Hills, on the corner of Bourke…

Baked Eggs

‘I’m siiiiiiick,’ I wailed to mum yesterday morning. I was devastated to say the least, as after watching Contagion last year, I’ve been über meticulous about washing my hands all winter, everywhere I go, especially as I catch the train to and from work almost every day. I had managed to get through two and a half months of winter…

Glass Brasserie @ The Hilton, Sydney (SMH Appetite for Sydney)

If you’re living in Sydney, there is one site that you need to bookmark, right now. Sydney Morning Herald’s Appetite for Sydney specials for the month of July. Go there, right now! In the news, there’s been a fair bit recently about restaurants going into voluntary administration; Justin North’s renown Becasse being the most notable…