Fig & Hazelnut Tart, and a new Noritake Dinner Set from Everten

I had the pleasure of recently catching up with my friend Kulinary Adventures of Kath, when she invited me to attend The School of Life’s talk at the Enmore Theatre with special guest Nigella Lawson. If – like me  you have never heard of The School of Life, it’s a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence;…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

Cherry Pie

You will probably be horrified to hear that at my place we have two entertainment subscription services – not just Netflix, but also Stan. Netflix is under my name, and often I’ll watch episodes of Jessica Jones or Mind of a Chef while doing my thing in the kitchen, while the missus has Stan and is mowing through Seinfield and Will & Grace episodes as…

Hot Cross Buns

I introduced Night Owl to my parents for the first time last weekend – can you believe it? I have never introduced a person I’m dating to my parents before. It’s a little scary letting go of certain feelings that you have felt for a long duration of time. For example, I entered into my current relationship…

Mangomisu

Happy New Year, everyone! And so another year begins; I return to the office on Monday the 9th, and I have no doubt that writing “2017” will take a little while to get used to, as it always does at the start of every new year. I’ve recently returned from driving along the North Coast…

Easy Berry Ricotta Muffins

I was told of my grandmother’s passing yesterday evening while I was recipe-testing these muffins. She made it to the impressive age of 95, thanks to regular walks and a rather lack lustre diet of minimally-processed foods without excess sugars, salts and fats. Saying that she was “a bit” of a hypochondriac might be a severe…

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…

Alfajores

I am not a hipster – never have been, and never will be – by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve never been the one who joins in on the frenzy to try a new craze – waiting until over a year to try infamous – near Sydney celebrity status – creations such as the Black…

Apple & Rhubarb Pie

So I know that Sydney-siders are currently in the full grip of summer and baking a hot dessert is probably the last thing on your mind, but what else is one to do if one buys amazingly fresh and brightly-coloured apples and rhubarb from the farmers’ market? This post follows on from my market visit…