Moussaka

Only one more week left to the end of my 10 week total transformation challenge, and I’m already planning all of the things I want to eat again: ramen, croissants, beer… but then on the other hand, I’m terrified of blowing out and going back to the way things were before. Night Owl and I actually…

Chicken Miso Kale Soup

Its been bitterly cold in the evenings lately, and on nights after a gruelling workout and/or especially when Night Owl’s out and I know I’m just cooking for one, this recipe has become my new favourite. It’s a recipe I found on Good Food by Jill Dupleix (link here) and originally when I first saw it I…

Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

What a whirlwind it has been these last couple of weeks! The start of my new job coincided with the start of the transformation challenge at my gym, and of course the first thing my body did was catch a cold. My body took it harder than usual as the week before I had been…

Easy Minestrone

So my body transformation challenge is locked in and ready to go mid-June. I’m somewhat apprehensive but also excited – I usually indulge in too much comfort eating during the cooler months, and so having someone monitor my intake and/or having an element of competitiveness will mean I’m more ready for bikini season towards the…

The Best Apple Crumble

Its been so long since I posted!! I know, I know – I still have to post about Bennelong AND Japan as well…and for those of you who don’t follow my other social media outlets – I got engaged in Japan! Wearing a rock on my finger has taken some getting used to, but with…

A Blue Mountains Winter Getaway

Winter is truly one of the best times for road-trippin’. Accommodation prices are slashed as people are usually reluctant to go travelling during this time, but I personally love driving out of Sydney. The roads are less congested, restaurants less busy, and there’s nothing quite like that first frosty deep inhale when you wake up…

Truffle Mushroom Pappardelle

I recently decided to splurge on a very luxurious little piece of winter specialty… a humble black truffle from the Madame Truffles  pop up store in Surry Hills, located in the cantina below Pasta Emilia. It set me back about $86 for a 30g little squash-sized ball, and smelled very olive-like in aroma. I carefully hustled the little funghi…

Pretzels with Roasted Garlic & Mustard Butter

Recently Night Owl has gone back to working behind the bar two nights a week again, which leaves me with the exciting nights of Friday and Saturday free. Instead of hitting up the party scene like I would have done six or eight years ago, grown-up me now spends these evenings have an exciting time lounging on…

Taiwanese Beef Stew Noodle Soup

It’s supposedly 18 degrees today but with the sideways rain it’s feeling more like 9 degrees. The secretary at my work has had the worst luck of booking a Vivid light show cruise – for those not in Australia, Vivid is a two-week long event when Sydney city puts on their flashiest light shows and…

Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake

It’s quite funny how seasonal fruit works sometimes – citrus is a major fruit I crave during the warmer months, but yet it’s only at its peak during winter. While this is great for a Vitamin C boost in the midst of cold and flu season, lemons are dear when squeezed over fresh seafood and…

Cauliflower & Parmesan Soup

Back when I was in early primary school, I remember both my parents were away from Sydney at one point and The Sister had taken me to the supermarket to stock up on groceries. We were in the soups aisle, looking at the neat and orderly rows of canned soup and dehydrated packet soup and discussing…

Pork Sausage & Tomato Risotto

Packed lunches. The phrase doesn’t evoke as much of a grimace as it did when I was in my school days, complete with the memory of backpacks, the terror of the “no hat no play” rule, scraped knees, and hitched-up tartan skirts that were guiltily rolled down on the shuffle back home. I had some interesting tastes…