My Bread & Butter Pudding

I’ve always had the biggest crush on custard. As a toddler I loved the stuff so much that my mum used to buy litre cartons of it and I’d eat cups of it. Fresh custard tarts puffy from the local bakery, lightly dusted with spicy nutmeg, perfectly flaky and buttery egg custard tarts at yum…

Snickers Tart

Goodness, it really does feel great to be back online. My apologies for being briefly missing-in-action. Since last weekend I haven’t had any internet access from home, and then last Monday in an attempt to change mobile phone network providers I got shut out entirely which meant that all of Monday I had no internet…

Celsius Dessert Bar

Ice cream is a weakness of mine. Delicious, a huge variety of flavours and you’re able to eat a whole lot of it as it simply melts away on your tongue. It’s the reason I would never be able to give up dairy, and the winter months are so much better for enjoying ice cream…

Rose & Raspberry Meringue Tarts

I remember my teenage years when I first started to develop an interest in fragranced body products. Of course it started out with those early years of fascination with bubblegum or grape Lip Smackers, transitioning to hand creams and body washes scented with citrus and cocoa butter. Perfume-wise I’ve always preferred lighter, fresher scents over musk or…

Caramel & Pecan Brownie

With all the recipes that I’ve come across, I still continue to go back to the same classic caramel recipe that was one of my earliest culinary experiments. It has just the right amount of creamy ooze, and perfect balance. A classic caramel I’d use regular butter and rely upon the salts already in it…

Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Oh, the joys of apartment living. Moving into a very old apartment, it seemed to be a given that there would be a plethora of problems in our first couple of weeks. The gas-heated fireplace in my friend’s room turns on by itself randomly, the toilet liked to randomly flush on its own, my bedroom…

Churros with Chocolate Sauce

I’ve been sorting through the mess of paper and books on my bookshelf in the last week or two, and came across an unmarked manilla folder into which was stuffed about a hundred random bits of paper. Print-outs, pages ripped out of magazines, recipe cards collected from fruit grocers… It was a completely disorganised disarray;…

Butterscotch Pecan Self-Saucing Pud

Winter is the season of squishy baby food. Hot, creamy potato mash, thickened tangy jus and sauces, oozy cheesy lasagne and this soft, melt-in-the-mouth self-saucing pudding is no exception. This was to be dessert for a weekend lunch at The Sister’s place; and it was ridiculously simple to quickly rustle up the hour before we…

Pistachio Friands

I sometimes wonder – would certain foods be as fun to eat if the methodical process behind preparing and eating them was gone? In this sense – would pistachio nuts taste just as good if we didn’t have to go through the process of unshelling the fickle little things? There’s something about the routine of…

Choco-Nut Cookies

Out of all the things that can be baked, few things smell better than the aroma of freshly-baked cookies. Of course, this is largely due to the considerable amount of butter that goes into them, but as I always say – life is for eating and the amount of butter is greatly divided into the…

Classic Ricotta Cheesecake

One of my favourite hypotheticals that I like to ask people when wanting to learn more about them is: “If you were on death row, what would your last meal request be?” My answer does change from time to time depending on my mood and cravings, but it has been fairly consistent as of late:…

Rhubarb, Mascarpone & Hazelnut Tarts

I love the zoo. From being taken to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as a five year old by The Sister to wandering around Singapore Zoo on my own at the end of last year, I’m always held captivated by the animals. Seeing the giraffes with their gracefully arched necks delicately step around one another to feed,…