My first Chiffon Cake

What a way to bring in the New Year than with a brand new recipe where I’ve finally christened the chiffon cake tin I bought in Japan a little under two years ago. I bought the tin while browsing Tokyu Hands – a Japanese department store which sells everything from travel goods to stationery, beauty products,…

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…

Miso-Grilled Eggplant

Plans for my upcoming Japan-trip are almost well and truly organised: flights were the first thing to be bought, and I spent about a month afterwards slowly trawling through TripAdvisor and AirBnB for hotel and guesthouse deals – and now everything is booked! Then came the JR rail passes, which were a whopping $355 per…

Easy homemade pickle

I love pickles. It’s an unusual thing – I highly dislike cucumbers, but once they are pickled with a bit of chilli it transforms from something slimy and tasteless into something sweet, spicy, and delicately crunchy. I’ve never really put much thought into pickling things myself, but when I was rummaging through my fridge’s vegetable…

Beef & Beer Masterclass @ Mumu Grill

I remember my very first good steak like it was yesterday. It was at a law school function, funnily enough – as I’ve always found that food mass-produced for functions with your alternate style of serving tends to come out average at best. Before this time, I had only ever had your usual rump and sirloin…

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;…

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…

Mojito Macarons

I always love reading cocktail menus. The combinations of flavours and fruits is so alluring, and the unique names never fail to make one giggle. However there is always my one favourite I go back to: the Mojito. The combination of nasal-clearing mint, zesty lime and the crunch of raw sugar is something that never…

Classic Créme Caramel

I can’t help but find it incredibly funny nowadays that the reason why my attempts at panna cotta and créme caramel always went wrong was because I used the wrong sort of cream – thickened instead of pouring. I always got terribly confused with the names that recipes used – double, thickened, single, pouring, pure,…