Sweet cherry pie

I hope your festive season has been wonderful, and that the new year is treating you well. I have a great feeling from 2015 already. I’m starting my 2015 with a recipe post–a dessert designed to use up my leftover sweet cherries from Christmas day. This sweet cherry pie was quite the hit after last…

Putting it all together

I have already mentioned my love of mini desserts, and they can be especially awesome when their powers combine. Picture above is tonight’s dessert, a plate of treats featuring three recent recipes for raw sweets: pretty little raw petit fours with dehydrated crowns of slivered almonds and agave syrup; smoodgy coconut balls (made bite-size!); and…

The best thing about celebration meals…

…is eating the leftovers for at least a week afterwards. Of course, I can’t keep this up – after only three days of it, I am on the verge of needing an upsized wardrobe! Yesterday: extra crispy recrackled pork crackling was the entree to my fresh pasta, combined with pork and its stuffing, pumpkin, roasted…

A Very Friendly Christmas

I hope your Christmas was merry and special; mine certainly was! I cooked for a few good friends who either did not have family in Perth or did not have lunch plans with family. I have done this once before, in Broome for Christmas 2003. This year, we had an outdoor Christmas tree, helium balloons,…

Anyone for tapas?

menu savoury canapés: smoked salmon with dill & crème fraiche vegetarian option: chèvre, semidried tomato & sage • chicken liver and green peppercorn paté sourdough crisps • fennel & mint salad • jamon jabugo jamon serrano • rosemary-infused paneer, warmed with green olives • capri salad • sweet canapés: lemon cheesecake & rose pashmak •…

Afternoon tea in the warm spring sun

Think pink tulips and sparkling white wine. Think flowing summer dresses and wide-brimmed hats. Think sugar and chocolate and coffee and cream. Such was my Saturday afternoon, spent with some truly wonderful women. What we were eating: savoury canapes – two fillings: (1) smoked salmon, (2) chevre, semi-dried tomato & oven-dried sage; a cheese plate…

Assiette de Hannah

With MasterChef Australia now going to air, the third of my related posts gets to see the light of day [here are the first and second posts]. Perth hasn’t yet featured in the series, but I realised that Day 1 of auditions is not getting a look-in, hence I thought I would feature my Day…

kikki.K love

For those who don’t know, kikki.K is a Swedish stationery store that found its way to Australia about eight years ago – and now there is one just down the road from me. Coordinated stationery is one of my guilty pleasures. Not only does it look great, but new stationery makes me feel organised, inspired,…

10 tips to prepare you for any dinner party

People just don’t throw dinner parties like they used to and I think it’s really sad. It doesn’t have to be hard work and, if you’re inviting friends, they are often very forgiving of (or even endeared by!) the occasional faux pas throughout the evening. I plan my dinner parties like mini projects, and these…

Eine kleine nacht musik

Food is whole-five-senses experience, and I have thus far neglected a very important sense: sound. The right background sounds can really set the mood for your meal. Before setting the soundtrack for a dinner party, I recommend getting to know a little about your guests. What are their music preferences? What radio station do they…

My recent addiction

Star anise. I am enamoured with the shape, the smell, the texture, the exotic flavour it imbues into meat and vegetable dishes with a little heat-assisted coercion. It’s so versatile. Aside from its recent use in my quacking chicken, I also discovered it is an excellent aromatic match to pork belly. That’s right. The non-pork…

Comfort food

It has been a while between posts. Returning to work has taken a bigger toll on my sleep and spare time than I expected. I can blog now because Xander has just gone down for a nap. What I find really interesting about extended breaks between posts is the fact that you can return to…

Mango salsa and chocolate mousse

We had good friends Katie & Ronnie over for dinner on Saturday night. I had a clear plan for the main (baked gnocchi) & dessert (chocolate mousse), but I was a little fuzzy on the starter – until I noticed some hotdog rolls that needed using up. [I could have dressed up that last statement…