Oyako donburi or oyakodon or “mother and child bowl”. Whatever the name, this humble, simple dish is comforting, warming, easy to prepare and so, so delicious. Drawing inspiration from a several other bloggers, I’ve gone ahead and created my own take on this Japanese classic. The result, sweet, salty, succulent pieces of chicken swathed in [...]
This is a slightly different take on a classic chinese side dish that my grandma used to make. Crystal boiled pork is a dish usually served cold with a piquant dressing as a side dish or an accompaniament to drinks. If served in a banquet, this dish would appear as part of the first cold [...]
Watching Heston’s Feasts is a little like watching Penn & Teller reveal the secrets of magic. Utterly fascinating, totally engrossing but utlimately useless. Well, unless you happen to have access to some pretty nifty equipment and chemicals in your not-so-domestic kitchen. Still, it’s an interesting journey of discovery on how he messes with your head [...]
Having your birthday fall on a Monday, in a word, sucks. First, the weekend has just passed, almost everyone has gone back to work and probably not up to celebrating. You’re probably still hungover from a huge weekend of excess. Second, and more importantly, all the nice restaurants where you want to celebrate is shut. [...]
I know, I know. Bad pop song reference. I just can’t help myself sometimes. Anyways, you’ve probably noticed that the site layout had changed (yet again!). Scarcely a month after a major revamp, I’ve gone and played with the theme again. This time, it’s more of a tweak, a touch up. Oh who am I [...]
A couple of weeks ago, K, myself and a couple of friends went off to watch Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, our session time was a bit of a gastronomic limbo. Too early to meet up and have dinner before and a little too late after the movie ends. So we’ve decided that’ll we’ll take care [...]
I think I may have a problem, a slight obsession if you will. Ever since coming across Olio Bello’s parmesan infused oilve oil on a visit to their outlet in Margaret River over the Easter long weekend, I’ve been looking for more ways consume it in a variety of dishes. There is something quite irresistable [...]
When first introduced to this dish, years ago at a pot luck dinner, I was amazed that despite its thickness and creaminess, there was actually no cream used in the preparation at all. The rich gravy, I was told, is the result of olive oil and white wine emulsifying over a long, slow cooking process. [...]
Those of you who have been here before might have noticed that the site design fluctuates between various free WordPress templates. While they were very lovely and well thought out themes, it just didn’t reflect what I had in mind for the site. There were a few elements that I wasn’t satisfied with. Rather than [...]
When the weather’s hot and humid, I tend to lose my appetite opting instead for a liquid diet. But when the sun goes down and the mercury drops, the old appetite kicks back with a vengence! So, having not eaten all day and tummy rumbling, I did a quick circuit around the supermarket and picked [...]
- Top 5 restaurant gripes
- A poll of 100+ Freep readers revealed that it is the small things that get their goat. Servers being overly familiar, cheques brought to soon and loud music are among the top annoyances. What are your gripes about restaurant service?
- Fare of the country; English Trifle – Serious Dessert
- Old article in the NY Times about the history and origins of the trifle. The article also touches upon the current variations of this classic English dessert.
- Heart Foundation sets the record straight on antioxidants
- Apparently, recent research results show that drinking red wine, coffee or eating chocolate does not provide the expected health benefits where antioxidants are concerned. Instead, the AHF recommends a healthy, balanced diet high in fruit, vegetables, wholegrain and legumes.
- Adjusting a recipe doesn't make it yours
- How far should we give attribution to recipe sources? And what constitutes "making it your own" as opposed to plain plagiarism. Lively discussions and some considered legal repercussions in the comments.
- Ooray Rain Plum liqueur
- It's always fascinating when someone takes an indigenous product and turns it into something else. Haven't heard of this fruit before, but the liqueur looks worth a try.