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…

Blueberry Bagels

Back in primary school I remember for one of our school excursions we visited a bagel factory. I wasn’t sure what educational purpose there was in visiting the bagel factory in the first place, but each of us left with a bag of assorted bagels and my vague memory of the day has always told…

Poppyseed Bagels

In the middle of last week, late on a weekday evening I had been talking with Night Owl about how things had been before we had met. I had been romantically single for about five years at that point, and after moving out of the family home I became fiercely self-sufficient – my “lone wolf” syndrome had…

Apple Cinnamon Scrolls

Winter: it’s the season for aromatic, slow-cooked stews and casseroles, and the fragrance of spices, cocoa and burnt butter emanating from the oven. The biggest bonus is that with the weather being so chilly; standing in front of a stove or oven is hardly a trial unlike in summer where you prefer to be away…

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…

Olive Rosemary Focaccia

My last experience in baking with yeast involved a failed pizza dough in the middle of winter and since then, I haven’t so much as dared to try and bake my own bread. With my recent invitation to Masterchef Australia auditions, however, I felt that it was about time that I start to conquer my…