I bless the rains down in Africa

Alastair and I are going on a belated honeymoon tomorrow. If we’re lucky we might catch a glimpse of some zebras, giraffes, elephants or maybe some lions! No, we’re not going to Werribee Zoo… Tomorrow, we fly out to Capetown, and we’ll be spending 4 weeks in Southern Africa – Capetown, Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls [...]

Capsciums stuffed with bulghur

We’ve been eating a lot of vegetables and salads in the last couple of days. I’m stocking up on fresh stuff because I have a feeling that we’ll be eating a lot of pasta and rice while we’re away. Capsciums stuffed with bulghur Serves 4 1 cup bulghur1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder2 cloves garlic, peeled1 [...]

Caffe Panette

If you’re in the South Melbourne vicinity, stock up on some fruit and vege at the market, then head across the road to Caffe Panette to replenish your energy. The coffee is good, and there is one dish in particular that blows my socks off. We were in the area last weekend as I had [...]

Coconut pancakes with bananas in palm sugar syrup

I asked Alastair what he wanted for brunch on Sunday. I had two possible dishes in mind, one involving baked eggs and the other pancakes. I gave him an option of savoury or sweet. He choose sweet – pancakes it was! Coconut pancakes with bananas in palm sugar syrup Adapted from a couple of recipes [...]

Three colour salad

Today has been a great day. I’ve finished up at my old job and didn’t have to go to work. I got to sleep in this morning! And, I had lunch with a good friend that I haven’t seen in ages. And, the weather was gorgeous! As soon as I stepped outside and felt that [...]

Baba House (closed) : Hainanese chicken rice and more

My parents used to work a lot – they would regularly work 12+ hour days. The exception to these long days was Sunday, when the shop didn’t open until 3-4pm (depending on how my dad felt). On Sundays we usually went out as a family for lunch. It was during these Sunday lunches that my [...]


Last weekend Alastair made a small bet on the NZ versus France rugby World Cup game. He bet on France (what a bad kiwi!) so we headed to Kensington Village to pick up his winnings. We stopped for brunch at KitcCh, which is across the road from the TAB. The Boys and I have our [...]

Chorizo and chickpea salad

Another day, another meal utilizing canned chickpeas. I enjoy chickpeas, and I seem to use them a lot because they’re so easy. Most weeknights, I don’t have much time to cook – by the time I get home, chill for a bit (reading me some internets), exercise and shower, it’s at least 7.30pm by the [...]

Chickpea and ricotta balls

The idea for these balls floated around in my head for a couple of days before I got around to making them. My cooking inspiration hasn’t returned yet. Even walking around the South Melbourne market on Wednesday didn’t help. Sadly, it was my last weekday wander around the market for the foreseeable future. It’s my [...]

Beer battered fish

I resisted it for a long time, but a few months ago we bought a deep fryer. I realise that you don’t need an actual appliance – a pot will suffice – but I can’t use a pot of oil after standing above the commercial deep fryer in my parents’ shop for so many years. [...]

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