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…

Leura Garage

In the period between Christmas and New Year, The SIster and I had taken the opportunity to escape the big smoke of Sydney and headed west for the cooler, quieter seclusion of the Blue Mountains. Going for a drive out of Sydney is one of my favourite things to do; it’s the holiday without requiring a…

Polenta Fries

I certainly hope you all managed to clean up your Christmas lunches and get under shelter before the storm hit yesterday afternoon! I love the progression of a balmy Sydney summer storm – the flawless burningly bright-hot blue skies at the beginning, the stifling, cloying humidity as the clouds begin to ominously roll over, the…

Coconut Chia Pudding

“Dairy-free, sugar-free; I think some of them are just a new eating disorder. There’s the ‘I Quit Sugar’ program. And so many people quitting carbs, quitting drinking… It’s ‘I quit’, ‘I quit.’ For me, it’s about a lifestyle choice.” These were the words voiced by celebrity chef Donna Hay at the end of last week,…

Hot Star Fried Chicken

Once in a while, one has got to indulge in a little of what I like to call “dirty food”. Doughy pizza piled with lots of oozy, melted cheese and loaded with slices of cured meat that are speckled liberally with pockets of delicious fat. Burgers with their shiny and pillow-soft bread buns, stuffed full…

Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

After fantasising about sausage rolls all week, I decided that something had to be done. On a sunny, warm Sunday after my morning Pilates class, I dropped by Woolworths and picked up half a kilo of some beautiful free range pork mince. I prefer pork mince over beef a lot of the time as beef…

Mooberry

It all began with a love affair over fro-yo. Janine, who has an intense love of fro-yo, insisted that her hubby John drive her around Sydney in search of fro-yo. She did this so often that one day, John said: ‘You know what? Let’s just open a fro-yo store.’ And that’s how Mooberry was born…

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…

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…