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…

Quinoa-crumbed chicken schnitzel

A couple of months ago Night Owl said she wanted to go back to the gluten-free diet she had once pursued (prior to us starting dating). Stuck for ideas – as the main cook in our little household of two – I had a browse of my ever-slowly-expanding cookbook collection. I picked out my copy of Feel…

Cheat’s Porchetta

After now over a year of living in my apartment, I’ve come to realise that when cooking in summer my kitchen turns into a miniature furnace with me at its epicentre. My dear, gas-marked 1950’s oven by which I would lovingly bake cookies with during winter, absorbing its welcoming warmth into my chilled self now…

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…

Salted Caramel Meringues

A couple of weeks ago I had been invited to attend the launch of Valli Little’s new book under the Delicious series: Love to Eat at The Grounds of Alexandria’s Potting Shed. It was a sumptuously beautiful rustic location, with hanging pots from the ceiling trailing vines down over our heads, and huge fresh pomegranates, bunches of…

Delicious Produce Awards 2014

I have not always been a foodie. I admit that for the vast majority of my earlier years I was a person who ate for the sake of eating; as opposed to properly learning to enjoy and savour my food, differentiating textures, flavours and essences. I was a slave to the supermarket duopoly – purchasing…

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…

Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

By nature, I’m not a person that enjoys confrontation. Like any other person I enjoy having my own way if possible, but if it’s not or if someone else is being particularly stubborn, I consider myself as fairly easy-going and flexible. This all changes when it’s Boxing Day sales time. These sales are a yearly…

Sticky Mocha Pudding

My colleagues at work have it tough. With my continued cooking and baking experiments at home for this blog, I often make way more than I can eat myself (or want to eat myself), and so end up packing it up and taking it into work, where they (with great suffering) will endeavour to help…

Oatmeal Hotcakes w/ Berry Compote

It can’t be denied that you’re spoilt for breakfast recipes on this blog. Weekend or holiday breakfasts have to be my favourite meals; not rushed in that a variety of things are thrown into a blender in the mad kerfuffle when getting ready for work, but meant to be leisurely enjoyed and savoured with a…

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…