Easy Minestrone

So my body transformation challenge is locked in and ready to go mid-June. I’m somewhat apprehensive but also excited – I usually indulge in too much comfort eating during the cooler months, and so having someone monitor my intake and/or having an element of competitiveness will mean I’m more ready for bikini season towards the…

Pretzels with Roasted Garlic & Mustard Butter

Recently Night Owl has gone back to working behind the bar two nights a week again, which leaves me with the exciting nights of Friday and Saturday free. Instead of hitting up the party scene like I would have done six or eight years ago, grown-up me now spends these evenings have an exciting time lounging on…

Bacon Bourbon Jam

“Bacon jam??” my friend said incredulously. “What are you going to do, spread it on scones or something?” She said this as we were tucking into a chocolate pizza at Max Brenners; both of us missed the irony of her comment at the time – you can have chocolate pizza but not bacon jam? My…

Homemade Baked Beans

And so that time of the year is almost upon us again – Valentine’s Day. I’m probably a little cynical about the date due to the fact that I’ve been single for the last six years, but my cynicism isn’t so much regarding the commercialism of all of it – with flowers being delivered to…

Easy Sweet Potato Rosti

I guess if you were to describe my diet, it would be the 5:2; eat relatively healthy during the week – eating foods that will keep my energy levels up over a sustained period, and then I relax and feel free to indulge on the weekends. This includes breakfasts. Gone are the fruit-laden-coconut-water smoothies, and…

Seafood Linguine

For almost a year Sunday dinners at my sister and brother-in-law’s house has become a regular occurrence. All of us are so busy during the week and it’s good to arrange a time where we can catch up over a quiet home-cooked meal. Sunday nights is also usually the night where I can’t be bothered…

My Chicken Karaage

One of my biggest naughty food weaknesses has got to be fried chicken. Crispy and well-seasoned, juicy on the inside, succulent and tender. Preferably boneless. Everytime I visit Ryo’s Noodles in Crows Nest for my ramen fix, I make sure to get the amazing chicken karaage as well. I can never resist digging in immediately –…

The Best Carbonara

Would I really call this The Best Carbonara? Well apparently this is, according to taste.com.au, where this Valli Little recipe originally appeared in the Delicious magazine. I like this recipe as it’s easy on the cream. Original, traditional carbonara recipes actually use no cream at all, however with the risk of your hot pasta turning the sauce…

Cheese & Chive Scones

There is only one word to describe how I feel today, and that’s ‘Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww!’ I went indoor rock climbing yesterday. I think the last (and first) time I had ever been indoor rock climbing was at a primary school friend’s party. You know, one of those kid’s parties with the jelly snakes, plastic plates, paper…