38 Confessions Of A Food Blogger And Foodie

  I cannot peel a boiled egg without giving it cellulite. I have panic attacks before icing a cake for a special occasion.  I cannot sleep if I fail at a recipe, making batch after batch till I get it right. My kitchen looks like a catering house for a party of 60 when that happens. I need therapy for my cookbook addiction. I think I buy more cookbooks every month than I cook from (Yes, I am blaming marketing departments of those darned publishing houses). In my next life, I would like to be a pastry chef. I might be single handedly responsible for the zillion page hits bookdepository.com gets everyday after I indulge myself virtual window shopping... Read More >>

Pick Me Up Veggie Muffins

  When I started writing this post, I mulled and mulled over what I would call these muffins. Healthy Muffins? Green Muffins? Veggie Power Muffins? Believe me, I mulled a lot. Then I called them Pick Me Up Veggie Muffins, because not only were they totally tempting to look at, but one of these babies for breakfast was the perfect pick-me-up I needed on a blah Monday morning. Fuelled me up till lunch!         I originally found this recipe online and tweaked it a lot to make it more fussy-kid and hungry-adult friendly. I also wanted it to look great. That is part of my sneak-in-veggies strategy nowadays. Make it look so delectable, you won't worry about whet... Read More >>

Lebkuchen – German Christmas Ginger Cookies

  I recently got sent two volumes of a brand new baking repository. A limited edition, 60-part series that comprises of modernised classics and is accompanied by various types of gorgeous silicon bakeware. It is called Baked And Delicious. To test run the first volume, I decided to bake a batch of German spice cookies called Lebkuchen.       Lebkuchen (pronounced leb-koo-ken, as kindly pointed out by my German friend Petra) are traditional German Christmas cookies, resembling gingerbread and were invented by medieval German monks to celebrate the festive season. They are baked with spices and honey or treacle for sweetening. I have never had lebkuchen before, so ... Read More >>

Sambal – Macquarie Park, Sydney

  To wind up my 4 part Malaysian restaurant review stint for Malaysia Kitchen, we decided to try out Sambal in a suburb called Macquarie Park in Sydney's north. Conveniently located outside Macquarie Park station, Sambal is very popular amongst the locals for a quick dine in meal or even faster takeaway.   Because we were going on a Sunday afternoon, we called in and booked a table for four. We knew it would be crowded, but had no idea how crazy and chaotic it would be when we arrived. Finding no parking within the restaurant complex premises, we parked on the busy road outside. Walking through the empty outdoor courtyard (which would be wonderful to dine in if it wasn't raining... Read More >>

Cream Of Pumpkin Soup And Chicken Glazed Swiss Mushrooms

  I love real stock that is made from scratch, stock that is simmered slowly with the freshest of ingredients. I have made fresh stock a handful of times. The rest of the time, I have used store bought stock. Don't judge me! I plan to go back to simmering my own stock after my chickens have flown their coop and when time is not such a novelty. It is a promise, I hear echoing all around me as enthusiastic cooks (most of them all parents and juggling more than they can) pledge to create their own stocks on a regular basis in the future.    Post Sponsored By Nuffnang.         I have been using stock in powder form all these years. My reasoning for us... Read More >>

Blue Duck Cafe – St Leonards, Sydney

As part of the Malaysia Kitchen Summit in August, I am one of 13 bloggers who will be reviewing 4 local malaysian restaurants each for a chance to win an all expense paid foodie tour to Malaysia. This is the third of my four reviews. I am slowly getting addicted to Malaysian food and I hope these photos convince you of the amazing flavours it has to offer. On searching for Malaysian restaurants in the Northern Sydney area, I was surprised to find a listing for a cafe called Blue Duck in St. Leonards. Now this place is a hop skip and jump from Nick's office and he has walked by it a million times in the last 6 years. So familiar it is to him that he could recall the logo and its colour in ... Read More >>

Tiramisu And My 200th Post

Sometimes when I am flipping through a cooking magazine or shopping at the deli, I become delusional. I have ideas of grandeur. The all empowering feeling of absolute surety that “Yes! I can bake that 8 layer specialty cake and cater for 20 people in half a day, no problem!” or “Today I feel my cooking bug stirring. Sure I’ll make a lasagne, in fact several and a decadent dessert and a chutney and some pesto and a beautiful light salad and maybe even cook something and freeze for the weekend!” It is this totally unfounded, impossible notion that I can do all that in a heartbeat just because I feel like it, that is my bane.     So the savoiardi b... Read More >>

Pav Bhaji – Indian Sloppy Joes

  Pav Bhaji is essentially a ragout of boiled, mashed and slow simmered vegetables spiked with a tantalising array of spices and served to be lapped up with crusty pan fried bread, a dash of lemon and a lashing of sweet red onions. It is the most explosive of vegetarian flavours revealing themselves on your palate. Have I got your attention yet?         This Mumbai street food is my family's all time favourite food. It is similar to the Sloppy Joe of the west. What is really  great about this wonderful dish is that it is packed with the goodness of many vegetables. How many street food recipes can boast of that? It is true that no one can make this dish ... Read More >>
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