cook | eat

this salad has simple yet sophisticated ingredients that are really so effortless to pull together. we had this on a Friday night after a long week at work. we wanted something light yet decadent, and we didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen; relaxation, wine and chats were needed, and this dish […]

kaiseki :: sasaki, sydney

Ma. The concept of Japanese minimalism. Shibui. The aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. Everything about Sasaki is delicate, minimalist, has beauty and purpose, and of course, the finest ingredients are precisely and proudly cooked, plated and presented. We had the “omakase” menu, which translates to ‘leave it up to you’, the chef. A […]

make :: blueberry lemon icebox cake

We’ve just had the hottest three days on record in Sydney. Much of the state is in critical weather condition with many towns and areas being evacuated for fear of total devastation by bushfire. Seriously, I don’t know how we’ve been functioning in 47°C heat (117F). This cake was a great distraction; it’s no-bake, so […]

Fine dining in Sydney | Bennelong Restaurant

Showcasing the most beautiful view of the Sydney city skyline across Circular Quay, Bennelong is an impressive restaurant. A visit to the Opera House always feels special, whether you are attending the ballet, symphony, music / comedy / drama performance, or simply going for a photo wander, the Opera House has the most grandeur feeling […]

weeknight dinner :: steamed fish parcels

a quick week night dinner using veggies from my weekend market bag start with your choice of fish (I’ve used Australian wild snapper), a lemon, fresh herbs (I’ve used parsley,  coriander & fresh turmeric), olive oil, salt & pepper place a bed of sliced lemon and herbs on a sheet of foil, lay fish fillet […]

market fresh

i prefer buying my fruit and veg from local organic suppliers rather than from the big supermarkets. you know it’s fresher and free from chemicals and you get to know the farmers, learn more about where your food comes from and how it’s grown. it’s also important to financially support the ‘little guy’ over the […]

:: QT Hotel Canberra ::

Over the weekend we took a trip to our nation’s capital; Canberra. We went with our good friends Syaz & Brendon and ate good food, drank a lot, laughed til our bellies hurt, visited art galleries and museums, and stayed at the QT Hotel. The QT Canberra is a beautiful hotel with a stylish interior. Apparently […]

amaretti & pumpkin risotto

Tonight’s weeknight dinner; amaretti and pumpkin risotto with spinach & dill served with shredded poached chicken. I picked up this little pack of risotto from a local providor, and thought it a beautiful star of a mid-week dinner. Heat a little oil in a saucepan, then add the risotto and stir for a minute til […]

mornings

I recently heard an interview with a chef on a random radio station (can’t remember where or with who!) but I loved the questions enough to write them down when I had a chance. Here’s my answers to these fun quiz questions! What time do you get up? weekday exercising it’s 6.15am, otherwise 7am for […]

:: adventure :: New Zealand part 2 :: Queenstown

As I’m inching towards the edge of the 154ft precipice, my ankles tightly bound, my mind is blank with fear & excitement. I no longer remember my mantra “It’s better to look back on life and say: “I can’t believe I did that”, than to look back and say: “I wish I did that.”  I […]