The Best Roast Chicken

Winter is the cue for every foodie to go a little crazy over that golden ingredient: the fresh truffle. Night Owl and I have a friend, and last spring we had caught up over a bottle of wine or two one quiet weekend at a local and discovered our mutual love of the rather ugly dark…

Chicken Miso Kale Soup

Its been bitterly cold in the evenings lately, and on nights after a gruelling workout and/or especially when Night Owl’s out and I know I’m just cooking for one, this recipe has become my new favourite. It’s a recipe I found on Good Food by Jill Dupleix (link here) and originally when I first saw it I…

Wish Bone, Enmore

I’ll always have a soft spot for Enmore. Night Owl used to live there prior to us moving in together, and it served her well during her bartending gig at The Gretz, which was the sister bar to the infamous Hartsyard up the street towards Newtown Station. I still remember the absolute chaos that occurred when Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart…

Quinoa-crumbed chicken schnitzel

A couple of months ago Night Owl said she wanted to go back to the gluten-free diet she had once pursued (prior to us starting dating). Stuck for ideas – as the main cook in our little household of two – I had a browse of my ever-slowly-expanding cookbook collection. I picked out my copy of Feel…

Juicy Lucy

The problem with loving food is that when new things open, I’m constantly on the lookout for friends to drag along with me to try these up and coming establishments. Most of my friends and Night Owl are  now reluctant to come out eating with me due to an irrational fear of an expanding waistline; countered…

Hot & Sour Soup

I am not quite sure what’s wrong with me, but every time the weather turns warm I get overwhelming cravings for hot food. A ridiculous need for a big, steaming bowl of rich ramen often pops up, and one too often I’ve given in to the pestering in my head, sweating and gasping for breath…

Chicken Katsu Burger w/ Asian Slaw

I had a discussion with one of Night Owl’s housemates a little while ago about schnitzel versus katsu. You can’t beat a good schnitzel – made famous by the Germans – particularly at the pub accompanied with creamy, fluffy mash or crisp, golden chips and lathered with a river of gravy. The Japanese however, came up with…

Leura Garage

In the period between Christmas and New Year, The SIster and I had taken the opportunity to escape the big smoke of Sydney and headed west for the cooler, quieter seclusion of the Blue Mountains. Going for a drive out of Sydney is one of my favourite things to do; it’s the holiday without requiring a…

Chicken Mushroom Pot Pies

Living just on the other side of the train tracks, a mere two minute walk from the main shops in my suburb, makes a last-minute grocery shop an absolute breeze. Forgot to buy milk on the way home? No sweat – the supermarket is open until 11pm. The best thing about visiting the supermarket at…

My Chicken Soup

My chicken soup is somewhat of a medium between your typical Caucasian-style chicken soup, where a lot of the flavour comes from the sweetness of onions and carrots, however is also quite Asian-influenced from my addition of shiitake mushrooms and shallots (or spring onions, if you want to be pedantic about it). This is such…

My Chicken Karaage

One of my biggest naughty food weaknesses has got to be fried chicken. Crispy and well-seasoned, juicy on the inside, succulent and tender. Preferably boneless. Everytime I visit Ryo’s Noodles in Crows Nest for my ramen fix, I make sure to get the amazing chicken karaage as well. I can never resist digging in immediately –…

Strawberry & Chicken Salad

“Summer bodies are made in winter”, so they say. With this in mind, in the last month of winter I started changing my comfort-food habits and began to attempt to eat a little fresher, with more raw vegetables and lean proteins. This salad is an unusual but beautiful combination – anyone who has tasted the…