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;…

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…

Caramel Croissant Pudding

So I watched the video of Nigella Lawson’s Caramel Croissant Pudding years ago and really, I didn’t understand how she had left croissants around to go stale in the first place. Heaven knows in my kitchen, they definitely wouldn’t have had the time to go stale! However, as luck would have it, I was grocery shopping…

Breakfast Bruschetta

On weekday mornings where I have 10 minutes to eat breakfast, pre-preparation is the essential ingredient and I always go with something quick to throw together; porridge sachets for example, or my pre-made quinoa granola if I have any left. Breakfast becomes a routine, something to quickly satisfy the early morning pangs of hunger, while…

Snickers & Peanut Butter Muffins

Its been a while since I made muffins. And following on from my re-discovery of the Nigella Quick Collection app on my iPhone, I was flipping through the other recipes after I made the Coffee Caramel Shortbreads and found a recipe titled: Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins. Okay, I don’t know a single person, foodie…

Coffee Caramel Shortbreads

It has been a whole month of me not baking. My apartment overseas doesn’t have an oven, so when I returned two weeks ago I rapturously embraced my old, creaky, temperamental oven with much fondness. And old it is, for it not even has a light inside and every time I want to check on…

2012 in review

2012… What a year! With one day left on the calendar, I’m sitting here in my dark room, laptop gleaming at me and I’m not quite sure where to begin?? Well, let’s start with my landmark achievement for 2012. The completion of my five year double degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Bachelor…

Soba Noodles with Sesame Seeds & Smoked Salmon

Is there anything better than a massive bowl of tangy, silky noodles? Well, yes, one thing.. A massive bowl of tangy, silky noodles that is SO QUICK TO MAKE!! Getting home after a long, grueling day at work… cooking a meal that takes over an hour and requires 20+ ingredients is the last thing you want to…

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of cupcakes. Seriously. Give me a muffin any day, muffin top exploding out of its wax paper casing, with blueberries so plump that they have exploded in miniature climaxes. Or chewy, juicy pieces of apple spiced with the sweet tang of cinnamon. Or choc chips that appear to…