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Caramel popcorn ice cream

March 31, 2015



One of the greatest pleasures of owning an ice cream maker is making up flavour combinations and trying them out. So what do you get when you cross 2 carnival favourites? Caramel popcorn ice cream! MmmmMmmm… I used the ratios of a basic vanilla custard recipe, steeped the milk with popcorn to extract the flavour and […]

Japan trip 2015

March 18, 2015


The pilgrimage to Kiyomizu-dera

Wow so I’ve had my longest hiatus yet from blogging, 5 months plus. There are numerous excuses, but most significantly: a damaged phone my computer somehow contracted an infamous virus, a nasty piece of randomware that effectively deleted all my files, causing much head and heartache holidaying in Japan being out of the habit of blogging […]

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8th Nerve Cafe

October 14, 2014



My early errands the weekend past took me somewhat unexpectedly to 8th Nerve Cafe (103 Gaffney Street, Coburg). Located opposite the home improvement megaplex, Bunnings, this little local haunt is quite unassuming. If not for the wooden sign and a couple of small tables on the pavement, you could easily miss this place. The interior […]

Honey soy chicken and chicken rice

October 5, 2014



If I had to name a food to represent love, I would say it’s chicken rice. That is to say I love everyone I’ve cooked chicken rice for. And if ever someone needed/wanted to show me love – bring on the chicken rice ;)! Hainanese chicken rice (海南雞飯) is arguably the most famous chicken rice of […]

Steamed tapioca layer cake

September 28, 2014



This little steamed tapioca layer cake goes by many names and comes up in a number of different reincarnations across South East Asia. In Singapore and Malaysia it’s referred to as keuh (or kuih) lapis. In Vietnam, bánh da lợn is a version where the layers typically feature mashed mung beans. Thailand also has a […]

Chicken “noodle” salad

September 15, 2014



You know the other thing I like about spring? The move towards lighter eating. ‘Tis the season to munch on healthy salads and shed the excess weight gained during the hibernation months. I’m being extra good with this carb free chicken “noodle” salad. How is a noodle salad carb free you ask? Well…it’s not actually […]

Posted in: MissC cooks, Salads, Savories

Peanut and cashew toffee cookies

September 7, 2014



My family is acquainted with someone who works in a nut processing factory, so every now and then I get given a stash of random nuts. Recently it was a big bag of roasted and crushed cashews. This is just a small fraction of what I was given. I gave at least half the bag […]

Spaghetti and zucchini strips in sichuan pepper oil

September 2, 2014



Officially in spring now guys! Yay for more sun but boo for the onset of hayfever season. I’m really lovin’ the longer hours of daylight. Being able to go home when there it’s still light outside is putting a little spring back in my step so with some luck, this should mean I can get […]

Bubble tea

August 28, 2014



I still haven’t gotten back into the swing of my more regular blogging, so this will just be a short post. Not really a recipe, but consider it as vague  directions for how to make your own pearl milk tea at home. Or bubble tea, pearl tea, boba tea, whatever you call it. I’m of […]

Posted in: Drinks, MissC cooks, Sweets

Chef’s Gallery

August 20, 2014



Whoops, time has slipped by me again. Same excuse, life getting in the way, but there was also a short getaway to Sydney. It was nice to get away from the daily grind and chilly Melbourne to enjoy the mild and sunny days of Sydney’s winter. Every time I’m in Sydney, I’m always a little […]

Olinda Cafe and Produce store

July 21, 2014



I have a love hate relationship with winter. I hate catching a cold/flu. I hate the need to wear multiple pieces of clothing out only to shed it all off and lug it around as soon as you step inside anywhere. I hate waking up and going home in the dark and feeling like there […]

Twice cooked spicy pork belly (回鍋肉)

July 15, 2014



I’ve been a bit distracted lately and hence have neglected this blog because life demanded my attention to a rather tedious and  irritating task, but fret not I’m still alive! This dish is a little metaphoric for my return given its Chinese name, 回鍋肉, translates literally to “returned to wok meat”. Why is it returned […]

Swordfish with burnt butter sauce and potato salad

June 29, 2014



I love eating fish and I cook with it quite often, but swordfish is one fish variety that I haven’t been too familiar with. You know what they say, it’s good to mix up the foods you eat to ensure exposure to the largest variety of nutrients and what not. Aside from the supposed health […]

Roast chicken with pearl couscous and roast sweet potato salad

June 24, 2014



Unless you are vegetarian or vegan, roast chicken is one of those dishes everyone learns to cook and eventually develops their own way of doing. (Even if you are vegetarian/vegan, keep reading, the accompanying couscous and sweet potato salad is pretty good.) Certainly I’m aware I do a couple of things differently to my roast […]

Posted in: Meats, MissC cooks, Salads

Cauliflower mac and cheese

June 17, 2014



When it’s wet and cold outside, don’t you just want to dig into a bowl of something warm and comforting? For me, this comes in the form of gooey mac and cheese. Creamy moreish goodness to satisfy the child in you. This version includes a couple of spices to add a bit of warmth and […]


June 9, 2014



I’ve been super lazy these days, hence the lack of cooking posts. Good thing a new burger joint has recently opened up nearby. 8bit (8 Droop Street, Footscray VIC) is one of Footscray’s newest installations and is the first burger place for the suburb. Hooray for more variety and the introduction of a new hip […]


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