Mapo “Grandma’s” Tofu

It never fails to amuse people when I tell them I’m pretty terrible at cooking Asian cuisine (and also speaking, writing, and reading in Mandarin – but that’s a story for another time). Obviously having grown up in a Taiwanese household, my home-cooked meals always had the characteristic flavours of soy, rice wine, sesame oil,…

Pork, Cider & Apples

There are few things better after a long day at work than a home-cooked dinner and a bottle of chilled apple cider. I’m not particularly a fan of drinking very sweet ciders such as Rekorderlig and Somersby straight up, preferring James Squire’s Orchard Crush or Bilpin that has more of a tang and slight acidic…

Coconut & Raspberry Brownie

Are you folks enjoying your long weekend? It was my birthday on Saturday and I had made an epic chocolate mousse cake to celebrate (you can see the photo of it on my Instagram here) but I got struck down with a horrid cold on Friday so have lost my appetite almost entirely 😦 What a…

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…

Blueberry Chia Muffins

I was working as a volunteer at a legal centre for a year between the periods of March 2013 to March this year, and it was quite unusual back then how I didn’t have much of a sense of any sort of financial responsibility – even though I was earning a grand total of zero…

Butterscotch Pecan Self-Saucing Pud

Winter is the season of squishy baby food. Hot, creamy potato mash, thickened tangy jus and sauces, oozy cheesy lasagne and this soft, melt-in-the-mouth self-saucing pudding is no exception. This was to be dessert for a weekend lunch at The Sister’s place; and it was ridiculously simple to quickly rustle up the hour before we…

Salmon Salad with Chilli Caramel Dressing

First off, I apologise for this week’s recipe post being late. I usually write my Monday recipe posts over the weekend, and as I was getting my materials together for writing, I realised that I had left my camera with the photos of this salad I wanted to write about in my desk drawer at…

Vegetable Castellane Parmigiane

I’ve never been a believer in diets. Lactose-free, paleo, no chocolate, no gluten or raw; as I have said before, I’m a supporter of everything in moderation. I believe if you deny yourself something, for example, saying that you will eat no chocolate, all you will think about is chocolate 24/7. Personally, some of the…

Nutella Cake + GIVEAWAY

I’ve never been big into sugary spreads slathered in between my sandwiches. In my personal opinion, jam tastes better with scones, honey better in porridge, peanut butter in muffins, and Nutella as a sneaky molten gooey centre in cakes. The Sister’s mother-in-law to be was down in Sydney last weekend, and they had invited me…

Prawn & Dill Ravioli

I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to recipes ideas recently. While I sprout ideas for desserts and baked treats as if there’s no tomorrow, thinking of savoury meals is a challenge for me and I’m consistently expand my repertoire. Winter called for luxuriously hour-long cooked meals, full of warm and hearty flavours…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

So after I had made my Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Macarons, I had a small bowl of beautifully silky dark chocolate ganache left over, as well as a punnet of (very expensive) raspberries. And as some of you know, I hate wasting food, especially quality food that is pricey. Thus I did a bit of…

Salted Caramel Popcorn

While the folks were away, The Sister and I would usually discuss at the beginning of the week what our plans were for the next seven days and what nights we would be at home. We did this so we knew how much grocery shopping we needed to do, in order so that we could…