Watermelon sorbet

Watermelon. Pepper. Mint. Together. Seriously. Good. I have to admit to being a little inspired by my friend Annie again. You may remember her from my pink peppercorn icecream experiment. This time, I had sorbet on my mind. My latest shipment of pink peppercorns did not arrive quite in time for my Tuppenjessence party* so,…

After the party

I am happy to report that my business launch (aka “thank you party”) ran hitchfree on Thursday, 2 December. Thank you to the 100-ish people who were there to support me and enjoy an evening of world-class jazz. What it’s all about. A Foodly Affair‘s reason for being is conscious eating, and its services (food…

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…

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….

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…

A crunchy stirfry in layers

This is a very, very unscientific and a made-up-on-the-spot recipe that resulted in a meal both nutritious and delicious. It was unintentionally vegetarian; that’s just reflective of what was in my fridge and pantry at the time. [For the purists’ sake: I know this is not a stirfry in the traditional sense, however some elements…

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]…

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…

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,…

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…

Tom yum gai

MasterChef Australia auditions. My Day 2 dish: Tom yum gai. Cooked from scratch in kitchen stadium…well, the Perth Convention Centre… For the second day of auditions, we had access to a stovetop and oven, and we had 40-ish minutes to prepare a dish that would wow the judges. Knowing I would probably have an attack…

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…

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…

My new favourite champagne

Veuve is now #2 and Pol Roger #3. I purchased this shiny new adventure to follow my partner’s birthday dinner but we were given too much wine with our degustation meal to appreciate it then :p The Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut bouquet is floral and nutty; the flavour complex and velvety as it envelopes the…

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,”…

This one goes out to the wines we love

Wines we are loving at the moment: Moss Wood “Amy’s” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – really smooth and a gorgeous garnet colour. Loaded with red berry flavours. If we were patient enough, and had a Liebherr, this would have been one to cellar; Ingoldby McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006 – this wine smells like Ribena when you…