Totally Unicorn Beetroot Cake

I’ve made Red Velvet Cupcakes only on one occasion, about two years ago. I dutifully followed a Nigella Lawson recipe, where the lady said to put in all of one of those little tubs of red food colouring gel. I thought nothing much of it at the time – mixing it smoothly into the batter,…

Same Same But Different

Could there possibly be a better way to celebrate the start of this season’s MasterChef Australia than dinner with Poh? …Yeah, I drew a blank as well. It doesn’t get much better. The talented Poh Ling Yeow is on tour for her new book, Same Same But Different, and I was lucky enough to be invited to the media…

The Wine Society/Umami Project @ Deus Cafe

The word Deus (“day-us”)  in Latin literally translates to “God”, and in the conventions of Greek tragedy where “God” could emerge from the wings suspended from ropes operated by a pulley, it was dubbed “Deus ex machina”, or “God from the machine”. How appropriate then, for a cafe attached to a custom motorcycle shop to go by…

HelloFresh + GIVEAWAY!

‘What’s for dinner tomorrow night?’ I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard that question. As much as I love food and cooking, there are honestly evenings when the idea of cooking a healthy, balanced meal after a long, exhausting day makes me want to bash my head on the pantry door. I could possibly…

Chocolate Ganache Tarts

‘I am just so angry that I really need to bake right now.’ My mother gave me a sympathetic look over her shoulder as she prepared dinner, where I had been ranting about my irritating day at work. ‘What do you feel like baking?’ (She’s heard this many times before). (Pause) ‘Shortcrust pastry. But I’ll…

Raspberry Marshmallow Wagon Wheels

Small, sticky hands. Bright, eager eyes. That oh-so-sweet moment of anticipation and then the glow of satisfaction. Who remembers their favourite childhood sweets? I remember back in my early primary school days, when one of my parents would come to pick me up after swim school, I would always get some form of treat (I…

Honey Orange Roasted Duck with Paris Mash, Candied Hazelnuts and Salad

Now this is unusual, you must be saying. Cath NOT making a dessert?? The idea for this dish came after watching Masterchef Australia, where I saw Ben making the Paris mash for his dish in the Guillaume at Bennelong challenge. Surprisingly, I’ve never made mash before, not having any sort of masher, and I figured…

Caramelised Apple Crepes

After about six solid days of rain, the sun has finally emerged for more than just an hour or two! The next door neighbour’s cat is sunning himself, and I sat beside him with a cup of hot gen mai cha sencha green tea to enjoy the morning sun. Everything in the garden is nice…

Lemon ‘Ménage à trois’ Cupcakes

Oh come on. With all the food hype going around, I KNOW that you’ve heard the phrase ‘food porn’ floating around on the wind. (In a sing song voice)… You know what I’m talking about! You know what it means; food that is so luscious, so decadent, so positively sinful that its heady, engulfing effect…