Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A week of Sydney. Day 3

Seeing these in Balmain momentarily took the focus off my hangover. The night previous involved a tasty Nepalese meal, Masterchef contestant spotting and far to many glasses of Rose.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A week of Sydney. Day 2

Did make it to Adriano Zumbo's hole in the wall for some macarons and some sourdough. The macarons were from left to right, Custard crunch, Pear Pistachio and Fennel, Raspberry and Beetroot. Far more unusual and far less sweet as the specimens trialled in Melbourne. The sourdough absolutely delicious!

Monday, June 28, 2010

A week of Sydney. Day 1

Returned last night after a fabulous weekend in Sydney. While the forecast was for rain rain and more rain, we were incredibly lucky and were privy to bright blue skies and sunshine! We started in Woollahra (walking past an amazing florist) for breakfast at Bill's cafe. There was no room for lunch after his delicious pancakes, which I've clearly not mastered!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mini break

I'm getting on a plane tonight and going for sensory overload in Sydney. A long weekend with family, friends, good food and great sights. I can hardly wait! I'm not sure I'll get to everything on my list, but I can try.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


In the most recent edition of Donna Hay magazine there's a feature on maple syrup. I endured an incident at customs that involved me unpacking my backpack to reveal cans of the stuff upon my return from Canada, and still I hold no resentment. Such is the love. I couldn't go past the Maple syrup honeycomb.

When my bro extended an invite to his new place for dinner last night, I knew I'd be bringing dessert. This + good vanilla ice cream = a sweet end to the night.

Based on Donna Hay's Choc coated maple honeycomb (where I substituted water for butter)
• 2 cups sugar • 1/3 cup maple syrup • 1/3 cup honey • 1/3 cup water OR 180g butter• 1 tbs bicarb soda sifted • dark choc - her recipe calls for 500g, I used what I had which was a handful of choc melts.

Prepare your pan first - line it with baking paper and grease lightly.

In a large saucepan add the sugar, maple syrup, honey and water OR butter. You need to dissolve the sugar, so stir away.
Bring to a simmer and get the mixture up to 150C/300F you'll need a candy thermometer for this. It will probably take 7-8min. Once at that temperature, remove the thermometer, take off the heat, sift in the bicarb and stir. The mixture will double, very quickly. Pour into prepared pan and let it set for 30 mins. I let it sit for 10 min, melted the chocolate and spread it over the honeycomb then put it all in the freezer for 20 mins.

You know what's even sweeter? United States of Tara returns tonight on the ABC.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Comfort food

So on Friday night there was no raging for me. I had an 18km training run to contend with on Saturday morning. Instead a seriously delicious warming Cottage pie (sans the egg yolks, less butter and cheese but with added red capsicum and a couple of anchovy fillets for depth of flavour).

The macarons from Lindt were for after the run. Questionable recovery food for sure. Vanilla, Champagne, Pistachio, Passionfruit, Hazelnut and Milk chocolate. Passionfruit was the standout flavour for me in this batch.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The atrium

A wander through Fed Square's atrium turned up this gem as part of their Festival of light.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sketch Saturday

So the major reason I've been a bit absent is because of this bootcamp. I tells you what, I am waaay out of my depth. It is satisfying putting pen/watercolour to paper though.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's not tumbleweeds

It's been a bit like that recently. So many commitments so little time. I've taken to setting my alarm at 5:30am just to get everything done. Frightful. Even more frightful when you get out of the wrong side of the bed and no amount of coffee can cheer you up. These roses do though. Taken in a market in Japan. Look at the perfection!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I needed that big bowl of green. With Mr T interstate I could indulge in wholly vegetarian fare. Double broccoli = double happiness. At least in my world. Recipe here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brown Owls

Check out the craftiness. None of it mine. Turns out my cabling needs undivided attention. I learnt a new way of un-knitting. Never mind it was still a fun night. Well catered too! That slice was delicious.

Monday, June 7, 2010


On Friday I picked up a little treat from Laurent bakery. Chocolate, pistachio, coffee, strawberry and mango/passionfruit. Vanilla didn't last long enough to be photographed! The buttercream (?) icing in each absolutely delicious. The texture far chewier than mine. Which were more like a meringue explosion in your mouth. I think somewhere inbetween is the ideal texture!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Yellows and reds

I know we're five days into winter, but I'm still enjoying the Autumn colour. If only those leaves would stay on the trees!

Friday, June 4, 2010


To coincide with my photography course finishing I decided to sign up for a creative bootcamp of sorts. The assignment this week was to source inspiration from nature. I was a happy snapper in the botanical gardens today. The Cebia tree (bottom photo) was certainly one of my favourites today.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


After a less than ideal start to the week, things are starting to look up. My working week finishes today. I'm looking forward to what the next three days will bring.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Burnt brulee

Mr T doesn't really do sweet. Which is odd because he has a bit of a thing for brulee.* We'll just ignore the fact that there's a sugar top there won't we. And sure it's a little burnt because I don't have the luxury of a blow torch and I was a little heavy handed on the grill heat, but hey, it tastes pretty good.

Particularly after a day that involved watching the tow truck take off with the car that I've been driving for the last 12 years. So long Suzy.

* I started this recipe yesterday. It definitely needs overnight to set, because it was pretty wobbly out of the oven last night. I went by a 1 egg yolk to 100mls of cream ratio and made some guess work on the sugar as I didn't have 6 yolks to use up.