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…

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…

Buffalo Dining Club

If you have been following my Instagram feed you will know that I’m currently not actually in Sydney but Japan! I’ll hopefully get around to editing and reviewing all the photos I took before uploading one massive Asia post to cover Hong Kong and Japan, but in the meantime check out my Instagram feed as…

Instant Ramen Gnocchi Parisienne

I’ve been a Stan subscriber for the last couple of months, and I was lured onto it by the prospect of seeing that elusive Sherlock: The Abominable Bride episode that was only available via the online streaming service. With a free 30 day trial, I told myself that I would unsubscribe as soon as I had watched it, but…

Aubergine Involtini

So ever since I made the amazing dish that is Miso-Grilled Eggplant, I’ve been in a state of semi-alert when I rove around the fruit and vegetable aisle and the Asian grocers whilst on my weekly shopping routine. It was a few weeks ago while passing through FruitEzy in Chatswood Westfield that I became terribly excited at seeing…

Fig & Mascarpone Crepes

Happy New Year, lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful break – whether you enjoyed it with loved ones and friends or simply in your own company, I trust you would have had a couple of days after the chaos of Christmas to recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for the year ahead. Do…

Drunken Rice

Every few weeks or so a catch up gets organised with a few friends from my old pro bono workplace, which inevitably falls onto a Friday evening after work. Our usual go-to (for about the last year) has been Taste of Shanghai in World Square Shopping Centre. We start with buying a few six packs of beer…

Zucchini, Mint & Persian Feta Salad

For the longest time, I childishly avoided zucchini because of its physical resemblance to a cucumber (one of my least favourite vegetables, second place to celery). But when I learned about the harmlessness of the vegetable, how easy it was to cook, and how delicious it was when paired with my favourite aromatic – garlic…

Spinach Gnudi, Sage Burnt Butter

You couldn’t have asked for better weather over this four-day Easter long weekend. I’m delighted to say that I’ve spent the majority of this break in hermitage; sleeping-in until midday, leafing leisurely through cookbooks, pilates at home and pottering around the kitchen. Its been a good opportunity for me to take a break from the hustle…

Just Pure Bistro

With great power comes responsibility. And with my brand-spanking-new Entertainment Book for 2013-2014, it was time to break it in a little with an upcoming craving for something a little bit fancy a bit later during the working week. I had heard some good things about Just Pure Bistro (JPB) in Market Street’s Swissotel, and…

Fig, Proscuitto & Brie Pizza

Following on from my delightful purchase of a tray of figs last week, I had made something sweet already with my Fig Mascarpone Tarts, but was interested in exploring the sweetness that figs can lend to savoury foods. While the only savoury dish I’ve had was figs paired with a succulent roasted duck breast (still…

Cheese & Chive Scones

There is only one word to describe how I feel today, and that’s ‘Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww!’ I went indoor rock climbing yesterday. I think the last (and first) time I had ever been indoor rock climbing was at a primary school friend’s party. You know, one of those kid’s parties with the jelly snakes, plastic plates, paper…