Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

What a whirlwind it has been these last couple of weeks! The start of my new job coincided with the start of the transformation challenge at my gym, and of course the first thing my body did was catch a cold. My body took it harder than usual as the week before I had been…

Duck & Pomegranate Salad

I was talking yesterday morning on the phone to one of the barristers we engage, and who is also a good friend – in fact, we’re going to see the infamous Dita Von Teese at her show The Art of the Teese this Friday night at the State Theatre! After discussing the cases we are currently working on,…

Maybe Frank

Night Owl has told me before that Italian is one of her least-favourite cuisines to have out. For her, there’s often a too-heavy hand when it comes to seasoning, can be carb-laden, and she reckons I make some of the best pasta that she has ever had (beams). Pizza dough however, is something I have never…

Hartsyard 2.0

One of my last posts for 2017 was the closure of Hartsyard as we knew it – no more fried chicken, no more poutine, and no more soft serve! The news of the fried chicken being booted off the menu was so huge that it made the front columns of the Sydney Morning Herald website –…

Restaurant Sasaki

It was difficult over the last couple of months to go onto social media without seeing at least one post about Restaurant Sasaki by an excited food blogger. Yu Sasaki is the creator behind the existing Cafe Cre Asion, another hole-in-the-wall establishment renown as one of the best Japanese cafes in Sydney – with an artistry…

Dinner with Marley Spoon: Lamb Polpette

I had a bit of a meltdown a couple of months ago. One evening at home – I can’t remember if it was in the kitchen or snuggled up on the sofa watching Netflix – but in any case it was after dinner, I asked Night Owl that age-old question of “What would you like for dinner tomorrow night?”…

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…

Holy Duck!

It’s hard not to see the changing landscape of Sydney. My office is down near World Square and on one side there’s the edge of the old monorail hanging suspended off the edge of the building, the station an old relic as construction hammers out on the road below for the CBD light rail. Small…

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…

Chefs Gallery

The last week of work for the year always seem to pass by the slowest. Despite the weather alternating from a scorching 38 degrees earlier last week to dropping by 20 degrees and drizzling rain, neither conditions are ideal for shopping – not that I can stomach the frenzied Christmas crowds and the humid air of…

To Deconstruct Sweetness

I had never been really a huge fan of marshmallows until that day. I remember the day when my Sister came home with a small bag of treats – mini marshmallows in various pretty pastel colours, sealed in the most adorable little bag with carry handles, emblazoned with the silver label “Sweetness the Patisserie”. It…

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…