Duck & Pomegranate Salad

I was talking yesterday morning on the phone to one of the barristers we engage, and who is also a good friend – in fact, we’re going to see the infamous Dita Von Teese at her show The Art of the Teese this Friday night at the State Theatre! After discussing the cases we are currently working on,…

Passionfruit and Mango Pavlova

What are you thankful for from 2017? In 2017 I looked back and was thankful for my job and the education that my parents funded for me. The income I’ve earned from my job allows me to pay rent in a wonderful part of Sydney, pay for my food, social activities with friends and family,…

The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

I had originally thought that things couldn’t get better than the OG Ricotta Hotcakes recipe from Bill Granger, but how wrong I was. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I had been avidly reading through almost every post I could find on the Serious Eats website, and came across J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe for Light and Fluffy…

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…

Hong Kong Char Siu

At the time of this post going live, I will be in Ho Chi Minh and heading off to Hanoi! The travel bug has bitten yet again and I’m spending the next two weeks exploring Vietnam and everything its wonderful food scene has to offer. I can’t wait to devour all of the pho, spring…

The Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I’ve been recently a little obsessed with the website Serious Eats. If you haven’t heard of the site before, the creator J.Kenji Lopez-Alt is an absolute wizard to the same level as Heston Blumenthal. It’s not sous-vides and molecular gastronomy, but it’s still about the science of food – at its core, most basic fundamentals. Does a…

Redskin Macarons

Does anyone still remember those Pick & Mixes you could get at variety stores? Where you chose what size of cup you wanted before staring in awe at the whole selection of lollies and sweets, sherbets and gummy bears, loading up your cup and reverently taking it to the checkout before devouring it at home….

Bitter Caramel & Chocolate Custard Layer Cake

When I get into the office in the morning I usually take ten or fifteen minutes to prep my morning cup of tea and breakfast – whether it’s some maple porridge or an open toastie. Recently the open toastie has been a slab of rye sourdough from a beautiful loaf I purchased from Schwarz Bakery…

Truffle Mushroom Pappardelle

I recently decided to splurge on a very luxurious little piece of winter specialty… a humble black truffle from the Madame Truffles  pop up store in Surry Hills, located in the cantina below Pasta Emilia. It set me back about $86 for a 30g little squash-sized ball, and smelled very olive-like in aroma. I carefully hustled the little funghi…

Easiest-ever Scones

One of the first recipes that we made in Home Economics in high school was scones. I didn’t see the allure of them back then in my younger years – I enjoyed the heavier, sweeter flavours of chocolate and the like; I had not yet experienced my first high tea, the joy in the ritual…

Chocolate Hazelnut Buttermilk Cake

Apologies for the no-post last week, kittens. Its been an emotional couple of weeks for me lately bogged down with family issues. I won’t go into it too much, but basically what has happened is that I came out to my parents (it’s in my previous post of Hot Cross Buns) a couple of months ago…

Taiwanese Beef Stew Noodle Soup

It’s supposedly 18 degrees today but with the sideways rain it’s feeling more like 9 degrees. The secretary at my work has had the worst luck of booking a Vivid light show cruise – for those not in Australia, Vivid is a two-week long event when Sydney city puts on their flashiest light shows and…