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;…

Cherry Pie

You will probably be horrified to hear that at my place we have two entertainment subscription services – not just Netflix, but also Stan. Netflix is under my name, and often I’ll watch episodes of Jessica Jones or Mind of a Chef while doing my thing in the kitchen, while the missus has Stan and is mowing through Seinfield and Will & Grace episodes as…

Lemon Dream Cake

I’ve had this recipe in my Bookmarks list for some time now, and it was a matter of waiting for the right occasion to pop up in order for me to make it. This is not a cake you make every-other-day – and when it came to my dessert-duties for Mother’s Day lunch, I knew…

Galettes: Black Star Pastry X Delicious Masterclass

It used to be that if you wanted to learn how to make artisan cakes and pastries, your options were to either enroll in Le Cordon Bleu or a TAFE course. But what about those of us who don’t intend to really look at doing it as a career, but rather want to take on…

Apple & Rhubarb Pie

So I know that Sydney-siders are currently in the full grip of summer and baking a hot dessert is probably the last thing on your mind, but what else is one to do if one buys amazingly fresh and brightly-coloured apples and rhubarb from the farmers’ market? This post follows on from my market visit…

Rose & Raspberry Meringue Tarts

I remember my teenage years when I first started to develop an interest in fragranced body products. Of course it started out with those early years of fascination with bubblegum or grape Lip Smackers, transitioning to hand creams and body washes scented with citrus and cocoa butter. Perfume-wise I’ve always preferred lighter, fresher scents over musk or…

Peanut Butter Tart

The Lunar New Year is the most extravagant occasion on the Asian calender…and it’s widely known that it all centres around food. There’s meanings behind the dishes that are traditionally consumed: long noodles are symbolic of longevity, dumplings and wontons of gold ingots. The act itself of making the dumplings is an activity of reunion; believed…

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,…

Chicken Mushroom Pot Pies

Living just on the other side of the train tracks, a mere two minute walk from the main shops in my suburb, makes a last-minute grocery shop an absolute breeze. Forgot to buy milk on the way home? No sweat – the supermarket is open until 11pm. The best thing about visiting the supermarket at…

Churros with Chocolate Sauce

I’ve been sorting through the mess of paper and books on my bookshelf in the last week or two, and came across an unmarked manilla folder into which was stuffed about a hundred random bits of paper. Print-outs, pages ripped out of magazines, recipe cards collected from fruit grocers… It was a completely disorganised disarray;…

Rhubarb, Mascarpone & Hazelnut Tarts

I love the zoo. From being taken to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as a five year old by The Sister to wandering around Singapore Zoo on my own at the end of last year, I’m always held captivated by the animals. Seeing the giraffes with their gracefully arched necks delicately step around one another to feed,…

CNY Pineapple Tarts

Having two new year festivities per year is pretty sweet. Chinese New Year has a particular symbolic resonance among those who celebrate it; it’s a time for families to be together, to clean away the past year in order to forge a way ahead for the new year, and of course, excessive eating. It’s also…