Birthday Special: Yum Yum Fer My Hubby's Tum Tum

Clockwise from left: ‘Rack of roast pork with salsa verde’, ‘Torn mozzarella, prosciutto, pear, basil, mint & sourdough crouton salad’ and ‘Porchini Gnocchi with celeriac, peas, asparagus & baby spinach’

J turns 29 today! Apart from a no-surprise gift which was the second installment of Star Craft 2 (tsk tsk tsk!), […]

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Cupcakes

10 white chocolate + 10 chocolate cupcakes + 1 Giant cupcake with vanilla Italian Buttercream + Fondant Top Hat

These cupcakes were for an order I received for a Top Hat & Wigs themed birthday bash; a  referral from a friend. The focus was on the top hat and ‘A’ likes purple hues. The request […]

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Kitchen Battle: Foodsze vs. Rice Dumpling (Nyonya Chang)

Nyonya Chang: glutinous rice dumpling with a peppery, sweet & savoury filling of pork, pork fat, ground coriander seeds, sweet winter melon, white pepper, chopped chestnuts &  shitake mushrooms.

How shall I begin to describe the last two days? Wait, wait for it…let me crank up the volume of Carl […]

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The Tear-My-Hair-Out Roast Chicken

I did some serious battle with this roast chicken! Prior to dinner, I envisioned a whole chook in all its golden glory. But it was a far cry from chicken Perfecto. The bird refused to cook through. I thawed it for 24 hours in the fridge but I think it was still slightly frozen inside. […]

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Simply Put-together Burger

Time to raid the fridge! I had half a cob of black olive sourdough bread left from Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove estate at the Mornington Peninsula from last Sunday’s mushroom hunting excursion. Yes, I wish I could turn this into a mushroom entry but I was mushroomless so it’s back to […]

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Assessment 2: Roasting, Grilling & Frying

I had my second and last assessment for the basic cookery unit of the course and this time, we were assessed on the principles of roasting, grilling and frying learnt from the previous 2 weeks. Our assessment task was 1 fried egg, a roast chicken leg, two types of roast vegetables, […]

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Assessment 1: Principles of Poaching, Boiling, Braising, Steaming, Stewing & Precision Cutting

The following are pictures that I took at home whilst practising for assessment 1 last Saturday. We were tested on skills learnt in the past 4 weeks i.e. principles of precision cutting, steaming, boiling, poaching, braising and stewing. I had tremendous fun learning these basic principles and I’m glad to be able to hone my skills with each […]

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