Salmon Coconut Ceviche

On the days where I visit the gym, I try and make sure I have a light meal at least an hour before my class. Any sooner and I’ll have indigestion, however I’ve noticed that if I don’t eat something an hour or two before the class, I barely have enough energy. I was sorting…

Prawn & Pork Gyoza

Every month or so, if not less, my family likes to make our own dumplings. For the Chinese, these are known as  “shui jiao”, and to the Japanese as “gyoza”, but for the purposes of making the recipe title easier to pronounce, let’s just call them gyoza 😉 Mum and dad have always made them…

Salmon Orecchiette, Beurre Blanc Sauce

I’ve recently started buying more cookbooks. Previously I tended to just work with the recipes from the existing books I had already, or I reasoned with myself that I could look them up online; why on earth would I need to clutter up my bookshelf with more books that I barely opened? Well, because cookbooks…

Garlic Prawns with Beer

I remember back when I was at university, there were days where I would finish in the mid to late afternoon and I’d be ridiculously hungry after a whole blurred day of tutorials, lectures, study groups and research. I take the train home from Macquarie and transfer at Chatswood, however every Thursday I end up…

Scallops with Cauliflower & Prosciutto Crumb

I came across this recipe during my Masterchef audition prep, snugly set in the middle of my copy of Valli Little’s Simply the Best. This is a recipe that heralds fresh seafood cooked simply, with accompaniments that are so fast to make, that you’ll be out and amongst the dinner party that you serve these tasty morsels…

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Back about 25 years ago, my folks owned and ran a fish shop on the upper North Shore. I therefore grew up in the back room – with a fold-out lounger, the TV permanently set on ABC Kids and my toys, I wanted for nothing. As I got a bit older, I became more adventurous,…

Flanagan’s Dining Room

When you receive an exclusive blogger’s invitation to head down the south coast of New South Wales to partake in a fine dining seafood experience by the beach, it’s not exactly something you can turn down! This event was what kept me going through a particularly challenging and gruelling week at work About 71 kilometres…

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…

Cloudy Bay Fish Co.

I’m a sucker for a bargain. Especially when it comes to food. I regularly trawl through the restaurant deals on the well-known sites of Scoopon and Groupon, and I’ve found over the years that they’ve been a bit hit and miss. However one night The Sister referred me to a new one, called TravelZoo, where they had…

Palings Kitchen & Bar

One of the best perks about having your friends work in the city is sharing lunch breaks. Lara Croft and I were a little overdue for a meet and after a brief text discussion one Friday morning, we decided to lunch together at Ivy’s Palings Kitchen & Bar. Its been a while since I came to the…

Just Pure Bistro

With great power comes responsibility. And with my brand-spanking-new Entertainment Book for 2013-2014, it was time to break it in a little with an upcoming craving for something a little bit fancy a bit later during the working week. I had heard some good things about Just Pure Bistro (JPB) in Market Street’s Swissotel, and…

Golden Century

Another year down, and the question that’s asked is: ‘Where do you want to review for my birthday?’ The Sister knows me too well! But I ultimately let her narrow down the choices and it was a toss up between an old favourite, BBQ King, or the yet-to-visit Golden Century a stone’s throw away from…