Hulk soup

It’s quick to make — around 20 minutes from start to finish. And it’s green. That’s why it’s called Hulk soup, after the Incredible Hulk. Until I named my broccoli soup after a superhero, my little people wouldn’t eat it. Previously untouchable foods become suddenly fashionable when named after, or eaten by, a cartoon character….

Soup nor mai

Have you ever had the experience of going to a much-loved restaurant only to find that your favourite dish is no longer on the menu? I have. Let me relate the story. It was a dark and stormy night… Actually, it was a warm November evening at our Thai restaurant*–the ‘secret’ suburban Thai place that…

Conquering a mountain with (samphire) salad

I can’t remember when or how it happened; it just did. One meal I didn’t pick up my camera to take a photo before eating. Then before I knew it, a day, a week, a month, three months had passed, with no food photos. And that coincided – or is that culminated? – with no…

Raw degustation at CNR

When you have small children (especially of the very tiny and solely breastfed variety), it can be difficult to leave the house for a meal. I am pleased to report that it doesn’t have to be this way. You just need to book yourself in to attend one of Perth’s newest culinary events – a…

My week with Mr Wolfe

What can I say? David Wolfe is a man who walks his talk. And when that talk promotes enjoying “the best day ever” every single day while reinforcing that mantra with his own lifestyle, who would not want just a little part of what he has? And when I have the opportunity to take a…

The Fantastic Mrs. S

Maylands is building up quite a portfolio of excellent places to drink coffee on the other side of the tracks. It started with Milkd, then the fabulous Sherbert, and now Mrs. S has joined the party. We breakfasted at Mrs. S on Saturday morning, on her fourth day of business, and we were not disappointed….

Broometime

It’s been a long time between posts but I have a really excellent excuse: I have been working on my first foodly e-book! Well, that and the fact that I recently spent some quality time on my favourite beach (of the Cable variety :)). You may be pleased to note, as was I, that a…

A return to strong, simple flavours

I have finally reattempted this refreshing salad after tasting all the som tum (Thai green papaya salad) that I could in Perth before going raw – and then chancing upon a pristine pile of organic green papayas at Organic on Charles. I documented my first som tum adventure in February 2009 and, looking back, I…

The perfect lazy lunch

I can not remember the last time I went a week without posting. I really missed blogging – and I also needed the break. Thanks for understanding! I have been eating a lot of pasta lately so I thought I would ease myself back into the blogosphere with another pasta post – a lunch that…

Dinner in 15 minutes: easy pasta meals

The first recipe is a basic meal I make around once a month, with variations that depend on my refrigerator contents. I prepare it when I need food fast and I know I won’t be seeing anyone from the outside world for at least 12 hours [the high garlic content is not conducive to social…

The pirate

I had driven past Il Pirata Caffe a few times before I finally had occasion to visit and, right down to the website without contact details and the feisty Italian owner-operator, it didn’t disappoint. It’s a curious place, heavily laden with pirate paraphernalia of all descriptions, from a variety of cultures. One of the most…

Introducing Andaluz

Andaluz – Basement, 21 Howard Street, Perth – ph: +61 8 9481 0092 For anyone who has not yet been inducted into this little slice of awesome, Andaluz is one of Perth’s newest and most stylish tapas/small bars. Don’t take my word for it – Urbanspoon has a tribe of readers willing to attest to…

So pho, so good

I have learnt that great Vietnamese restaurants are often characterised by plastic chairs, laminated 278-item menus and efficient service – and they are also among those rare sanctuaries where it is socially acceptable for you to eat a meal by yourself. Everywhere else I go, I am invited to join other people’s tables, sat next…

Eating out in Perth: Wagamama, The Wild Fig & Cafe de Luca’s

I promised my beautician that I would blog this week on where to eat out in Perth. This is a small selection of reasonably-priced venues with great food. I hope it’s of use to others too. Venue: Wagamama – Subiaco Square (cnr Roberts & Rokeby Roads), Subiaco – ph: (08) 9380 9281 Food: Japanese Date:…

Oh. My. Goodness.

Star Anise. It was amazing. I was there last night for a birthday dinner [unexpectedly ran into old friends too!] and it was truly special. When I booked a fortnight ago, the nice lady on the other end of the phone offered an apology, “It’s degustation only on Saturday nights. Is that alright?” “Um, ok,”…