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…

Beetroot Gravalax

I was pretty thrilled and excited when preparing for Christmas this year. It was to be the first year that I have made a proper Christmas dinner, as Night Owl’s mother finally caved in and agreed to join us for dinner on Christmas Day. She is not a big meat eater, stating that she prefers seafood, and…

Chimichurri Roast Spatchcock and Zucchini Salad

Prior to meeting Night Owl, there was never much of a kerfuffle made about Christmas. When I lived in the family home, I was usually overseas in Taiwan, and after I moved out to live by myself I spent it quietly by myself as my sister was interstate with my brother-in-law’s family for their festivities. My…

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…

Cheat’s Porchetta

After now over a year of living in my apartment, I’ve come to realise that when cooking in summer my kitchen turns into a miniature furnace with me at its epicentre. My dear, gas-marked 1950’s oven by which I would lovingly bake cookies with during winter, absorbing its welcoming warmth into my chilled self now…

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…

Salted Caramel Meringues

A couple of weeks ago I had been invited to attend the launch of Valli Little’s new book under the Delicious series: Love to Eat at The Grounds of Alexandria’s Potting Shed. It was a sumptuously beautiful rustic location, with hanging pots from the ceiling trailing vines down over our heads, and huge fresh pomegranates, bunches of…

Sticky Mocha Pudding

My colleagues at work have it tough. With my continued cooking and baking experiments at home for this blog, I often make way more than I can eat myself (or want to eat myself), and so end up packing it up and taking it into work, where they (with great suffering) will endeavour to help…

Salmon Orecchiette, Beurre Blanc Sauce

I’ve recently started buying more cookbooks. Previously I tended to just work with the recipes from the existing books I had already, or I reasoned with myself that I could look them up online; why on earth would I need to clutter up my bookshelf with more books that I barely opened? Well, because cookbooks…

Beef Carpaccio with Strawberries Vincotto

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be on Masterchef Australia this year! I attended the auditions on Wednesday afternoon for a Mystery Box with thirteen other people in my round to try my luck. The Mystery Box ingredients were: chicken maryland, chicken breast, a lemon, a wedge of ricotta, 100g of dark chocolate, a beetroot,…

Strawberry & White Chocolate Mousse

Sometime I don’t get to really choose what my main ingredient is to be. It, shall I say, chooses me. This is oft the case when it comes to dinner (what can I make out of what’s left in the fridge??), but very rarely when it comes to desserts  as there is no pressure to…