Browsing All posts tagged under »Food«

Fig and hazelnut cake

March 18, 2016

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I know figs must be back in season because I recently received about 2 dozen of them in my parent’s latest care package. This coupled with the leftover hazelnuts from the previous post, led to this cake. I’d paired figs with hazelnuts before so I was pretty confident the combination would work in a cake form. Then I came across […]

Apple pastry roses

April 27, 2015

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The latest food related social media buzz I’ve noticed are these roses made from apple slices and pastry. It popped up on my youtube feed and apparently it’s all over facebook. I can see why. They’re pretty and quite simple to make. My discovery of these little treats came just in time for my favourite […]

Takoyaki

April 15, 2015

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Guess what I lugged back home from the recent Japan trip? A takoyaki pan! A cast iron one at that. This added significant weight to my already too heavy luggage and if not for the very kind lady at the check in desk, I would have been up a pretty penny in overweight luggage charges. […]

Duck l’orange

April 9, 2015

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I adore French food, though from my recipe posts you wouldn’t think I cook it much at home. It would be a lie to say I cook French food frequently, but I definitely dabble in it. Duck l’orange is one such French dish I have made on a couple of occasions. In a way, it […]

Caramel popcorn ice cream

March 31, 2015

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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 […]

Honey soy chicken and chicken rice

October 5, 2014

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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

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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

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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 […]

Peanut and cashew toffee cookies

September 7, 2014

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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

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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

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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 […]

Chef’s Gallery

August 20, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Cauliflower mac and cheese

June 17, 2014

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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 […]

8bit

June 9, 2014

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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 […]

Grain salad

May 19, 2014

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This is another copy cat recipe, but I dare not call it by its restaurant given name because I’ve made a few alterations to the original recipe, and it’s such a famous recipe that it would misleading to pretend that it’s the same dish. Hence the slightly strange nondescript name of the dish… The dish […]

Black sesame and green tea panna cotta

May 15, 2014

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The genesis of this black sesame and green tea panna cotta came about through a merging of 2 things; my idea of doing an ‘Asian’ flavoured panna cotta and my desire to make a visually dramatic 2 tone dessert. To keep with the Asian flavours, I’ve used soy milk instead of regular milk and I […]