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…

Italian Kitchen ‘Modo Mio’ My Way with Massimo Mele

Did you know that there are so many ways to make gnocchi? “Gnocchi” translates directly to “dough dumpling”, so essentially you can transform anything that binds together with starch into a dumpling. Some common forms of dumplings I’ve been making recently include traditional potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi, and gnocchi made with choux pastry, or pâte à…

Pasta Emilia

Its been a long while since I ordered pasta out. When you learn how to make pasta yourself at home, you can’t help but laugh at the tomato-laden prawn linguine on the bar bistro menu. Hand-made pasta compared to the horrendous dried pasta I used to use and eat has a characteristic silkiness to it;…

Sam Thai & Pizza Capers via EatNow

Apologies for being MIA for the longest while! With the changing seasons resulting in a nasty flu going around, as well as people heading overseas I’ve been kept on my toes for the last month or so with Zumba covers – teaching up to five evenings a week. I pushed my body to the stage…

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…

Instant Ramen Gnocchi Parisienne

I’ve been a Stan subscriber for the last couple of months, and I was lured onto it by the prospect of seeing that elusive Sherlock: The Abominable Bride episode that was only available via the online streaming service. With a free 30 day trial, I told myself that I would unsubscribe as soon as I had watched it, but…

Aubergine Involtini

So ever since I made the amazing dish that is Miso-Grilled Eggplant, I’ve been in a state of semi-alert when I rove around the fruit and vegetable aisle and the Asian grocers whilst on my weekly shopping routine. It was a few weeks ago while passing through FruitEzy in Chatswood Westfield that I became terribly excited at seeing…

Gnocchi

So in a strange turn of events, I’m posting another recipe after recipe-week, and I’m posting on a Friday. Sydney was lucky enough to have an extra day off on the weekend just gone, so I was mostly out and about enjoying the unusually early arrival of summer weather on my birthday. So much has happened…

Pork Sausage & Tomato Risotto

Packed lunches. The phrase doesn’t evoke as much of a grimace as it did when I was in my school days, complete with the memory of backpacks, the terror of the “no hat no play” rule, scraped knees, and hitched-up tartan skirts that were guiltily rolled down on the shuffle back home. I had some interesting tastes…

Handmade Pasta & Red Wine Bolognese

I’ve never been able to relate to people who cook and eat for the mere purpose of sustaining their bodies. I will go so far as to say that what I cook and eat links directly to my emotional wellbeing; there are days and evenings where my schedule gets away from me and yoghurt and…

Slow-cooked lamb pasta with basil pesto

It took me some time to be introduced to the pleasures of eating lamb. Growing up in a Taiwanese household, lamb is not a regular ingredient in traditional Taiwanese cuisine; pork and chicken are more common. My first taste of lamb wasn’t particularly pleasant either – a tough and rather pungent-tasting roast at my Year…

La Rosa Bar & Pizza

A few weeks ago I handed in my notice to finish up at my workplace of a year. I had been working full-time in a legal department, where we referred applicants to solicitors on a pro bono basis. While I was pleased at having reached the one year mark and stuck it out through the highs and…