The Best Apple Crumble

Its been so long since I posted!! I know, I know – I still have to post about Bennelong AND Japan as well…and for those of you who don’t follow my other social media outlets – I got engaged in Japan! Wearing a rock on my finger has taken some getting used to, but with…

Fig & Hazelnut Tart, and a new Noritake Dinner Set from Everten

I had the pleasure of recently catching up with my friend Kulinary Adventures of Kath, when she invited me to attend The School of Life’s talk at the Enmore Theatre with special guest Nigella Lawson. If – like me  you have never heard of The School of Life, it’s a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence;…

My first Chiffon Cake

What a way to bring in the New Year than with a brand new recipe where I’ve finally christened the chiffon cake tin I bought in Japan a little under two years ago. I bought the tin while browsing Tokyu Hands – a Japanese department store which sells everything from travel goods to stationery, beauty products,…

Passionfruit and Mango Pavlova

What are you thankful for from 2017? In 2017 I looked back and was thankful for my job and the education that my parents funded for me. The income I’ve earned from my job allows me to pay rent in a wonderful part of Sydney, pay for my food, social activities with friends and family,…

Devil’s Food Cake

I don’t think it would come as any surprise to anyone that I used to harbour a big crush for Nigella Lawson. It’s by watching her shows that I first became enamoured with the joy of cooking, rather than seeing it as a chore. Nigella was usually on close to the start of my family…

Redskin Macarons

Does anyone still remember those Pick & Mixes you could get at variety stores? Where you chose what size of cup you wanted before staring in awe at the whole selection of lollies and sweets, sherbets and gummy bears, loading up your cup and reverently taking it to the checkout before devouring it at home….

Passionfruit Vanilla Macarons

Has anyone ever seen that strange phenomenon outside where there’s a breeze going from a steady direction, but at some spot on the pavement there’s a random tightly-knit swirling circle of leaves and dust; seeming to go at its own pace? There’s probably some sort of scientific or meteorological explanation for this, but I’d much…

Masala Theory

It’s funny what the cooler weather can bring. No more turning up at work already sweating through your clothes first thing in the morning, the enticing aroma of trying new slow cooker recipes, how much easier it is to make shortcrust and flaky pastry without the whole lot dissolving into your hot hands. Night Owl enjoys waking…

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…

Bishop Sessa

I don’t know if this is the case for anyone else, but I think it’s alarming how quickly romantic nights out become a thing of the past when you move in and settle down with your significant other. If you both have 9-5 jobs, you develop a routine incredibly quickly: the morning ritual of getting…

Toriciya

It’s three weeks now to my Japan trip and every time I experience something in Sydney that’s remotely Japanese I tend to do a little (or a big) squeal of excitement. It’s every-day things like stirring the instant miso for my afternoon pick-me-up or picking up two sushi rolls after my dance class on the…

The Platinum Club @ Turandot, Sydney Harbour

I still remember the first piece of advice my sister gave me regarding attendance at an opera performance: “Don’t be too worried about not understanding what’s going on or what’s being said”,  she reassured. “Just lean back and enjoy the spectacle. There are subtitles, and when you look at them they usually say something along the…