It’s so easy being green

You may already know that I my diet is 80% raw at the moment. In the few short days before I go 100% raw, I am enjoying a few ‘old faithful’ cooked meals. My dish of gingered sesame fish with garlified greens is tasty and healthy, making it very easy indeed to eat your greens….

Manly lamb

My six weeks free from gluten, dairy, yeast, sugar, caffeine and alcohol came to an end on Wednesday the 7th of July – which naturally led to my enjoyment of a perfectly delightful meal at Riverbank Estate on Thursday the 8th of July. You may have already guessed that this is not a low-calorie post….

Chicken & grapefruit glass noodle salad

One of the upsides of frequently cooking & eating by myself is the fact that I can put whatever I want [read: whatever is lying around] into my meal without feeling pressure to impress. Usually, my experiments work out; occasionally, they are awesome. This salad made my tastebuds sing. This was a meal inspired by:…

Pepper steak pies

For the most part, my lifestyle journey is styled as a sort of healthy living renaissance. Today, for instance, I ate virtuously at Tra Vinh for lunch [pho tai and braised beef pictured below] and cooked up some garlic pak choy for dinner. With the nights cooling down in Perth, however, I sometimes need a…

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…

Five delicious and nutritious snacks you can make in 5 minutes flat

This post is for my lovely friend P, who accosted me two days ago with some fluffy homemade marshmallow [which was quite delicious – and she insists on keeping the recipe secret. I will find a comparable recipe, dognammit!]. She told me her marshmallow shapes took 5 minutes to make, then she challenged me to…

You asked for it

The votes are in. It’s my 100th post and I am please to announce the results of my recent poll, which asked what you would like to see more of on a very foodly diary over the next year. Thank you to everyone who responded! [Note to self: attach an end date to future polls]…

First we had thick shakes and then we made sausage rolls.

I thought I would start this post with the end result: I was really pleased with the way the sausage rolls turned out. Now to the story. It began as any ordinary Saturday afternoon. After making my latest Rochelle Adonis nougat purchase and enjoying a refreshing beverage at Hotel Northbridge [yes, that place where I…

Sometimes I forget to eat

In spite of my love affair with food, sometimes I actually forget to eat. This happens to me in times of high activity/stress, hence I usually have simple ingredients on hand to ensure I can whip up something luscious on short notice. This is the jamon serrano and La Buche d’Affinois ciabatta roll I ate…

Dukkha & stuffed pork loin

Today’s featured recipes were lovingly tested and tasted at Christmas lunch 2009. * Dukkha. There are more recipes for dukkha than spellings (‘dukkha’ vs ‘dukkah’ vs ‘dukka’) or pronunciations [I say ‘doo-kah’ but have noticed others use ‘dah-kah’]. It is an Egyptian spice, seed and nut blend that works amazingly well encrusted over meat (including…

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…

Easy peasy bolognese

This is me caving to peer pressure. In the week-ish since my bolognese post, I have worn multiple censures from friends and work colleagues about my recipes. Despite detailing what I thought was a simple method, many said that there were too many ingredients – and the method was too complicated. So I am caving….

My bolognese post

My bolognese post has been a long time coming. Many months, in fact. I was just waiting to create the perfect recipe, the most divine concoction of ingredients, the piece de resistance de bolognese. Then I realised that just wasn’t going to happen. You see, every time I cook bolognese, I make it differently. It’s…

Leftovers soup

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that leftovers can often be transformed into fabulous soups? Winter is the perfect season to take advantage of a steaming liquid meal. Just recently, I have made a soup from leftover bolognese sauce by blending it with some extra tomatoes, to make a really hearty bolognese…

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…

Best prosciutto salad ever

And it only takes 5 minutes. Recipe #32: Prosciutto & rocket salad. Serves as few or as many as you like. Start with some baby rocket leaves. Tear in some basil leaves and toss with a little shaved parmesan, wafer-thin prosciutto and semidried tomatoes. Now it’s looking like a stack! Sprinkle over some gorgonzola squares,…

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…

Pastalicious

I just love pasta. I think it has something to do with the Italian in my blood. [But, then, pasta was apparently invented by the Chinese, so it could be my Chinese heritage.] I had an awesomely easy recipe for egg pasta passed onto me a little while ago and it has worked for me every…

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…

Burmese curry and experimental cheesecake

This morning my partner gave me a fabulous surprise by doing our weekly fruit & veg shop at the local markets – and I was super-excited when he walked through the door with a green papaya. One thought consumed me: green papaya salad. We’re not having it for dinner tonight [our hankering for gourmet hotdogs…