Restaurant Plage

It never fails to astound me just how good life is living on the lower North Shore. I can walk to Balmoral Beach in forty minutes or drive it in ten minutes. If I’m not in the mood for waves, I can walk down to an ocean pool in fifteen minutes, and at the same…

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…

Vaucluse House Tearooms

I can’t believe its been a month since my last post! Moving last month certainly took a toll on my energy and creativity levels – not to mention my wallet. Prior to starting the nightmare task of packing, my brother-in-law – also a fellow culinary enthusiast – hazarded a guess that I would have more…

Custard Profiteroles

I remember I first tried making choux pastry about two or three years ago, back when those nightmare croquembouche towers first started to make an appearance on the Sydney dessert scene, thanks to an episode of Masterchef Australia. Little me didn’t have any grand plans for constructing a tower of cream-filled puffs, held together with rock-hard toffee,…

Alfie & Hetty

We are all too well aware of the dilemma that happens when you have too much choice. Too many clothes – yet you have nothing to wear. A fridge full of fresh ingredients, snacks and ready-prepared meals – yet you have nothing to eat. This is pretty much my dilemma when it comes to Sydney’s…

Le Pub

I may have mentioned this previously, but I’m not really a huge fan of the fine dining scene. Sydney is yet to live up to the calibre of international customer service, whether it be in retail or dining. For me, as fine dining is as much about the service and atmosphere as it is the…

Uncorked

The Union Hotel is located on a relatively quiet stretch of the Pacific Highway, and if you’re not paying attention you’re likely to drive past the establishment. From the outside it looks like your usual run-of-the-mill pub. Head in through the bistro and up the stairs to the Uncorked restaurant, and it’s almost like you’ve…

Vamps Bistro

It’s an unusual occurrence for me to have an entire Saturday free nowadays, and when one suddenly came up, I was at a loss of what to do all day. Study certainly wasn’t a realistic all-day option, so it was with great relief to me when Fashion Obsessed Girl invited me for dinner with three hour’s…

Coq Au Vin

As you’ve all probably noticed, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of savoury recipes that are being published. I’ve been a little short on time these days, trying to juggle full-time work with part-time study, gym, blogging and somewhat maintain a shred of my social life, and so the little cooking I do…

Ratatouille

Maintaining a balanced diet isn’t always easy. Believe me, I know! There are weeks where I’m simply over-enthusiastic about how many places to review and then feel incredibly guilty at the end of the week from all of the rich food. So then I try and increase my vegetable intake, which usually takes the form…

Madeleines

Sometimes when a birthday rolls around and if the friend whose birthday it is doesn’t have a specific item in mind they want, I will bake them something. For the effort that is spent over the course of an afternoon or evening measuring together quite cheap ingredients and turning out something that smells beautiful and…