Window Seat

chiswick, woollahra

If there were awards given for “Sydney’s prettiest restaurant”, Chiswick would definitely take it out. In fact in the “Lovely places to take your folks for a lovely meal” or the  “Restaurant I would most want to turn into my country house” awards, Chiswick would also scoop the pool.

Garden View

Garden View

As many people have written before me, the dining room at Chiswick is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, though the menu can a little hit and miss at times. Continue reading

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Busshari

busshari, potts point

I think the sushi rolls on every corner has made me appreciate the beautiful handmade rolls at Busshari all the more.

The new found love of food blogging is starting to take its toll on both waistline and hip pocket. I think I have the solution. Busshari, an old favourite, is our Jap on Macleay Street that has recently introduced a Happy Hour to get the punters in between 6pm and 7pm. It’s fabulous value with $10 rolls and $6 wraps. If you’re happy with taking the early shift you get the beautiful quality of Busshari sushi at nearly half the price. Continue reading

Banh Xeo Ingredients

flipping out, vietnamese style

This beautiful Vietnamese pancake is not something I would ordinarily do at home (when you can go out for great/cheap Vietnamese) but the pickled carrot in this recipe really drew me in and I had to give this Banh Xeo a go.

April Gourmet Traveller is the source of inspiration for this meal with their fabulous pancake special which includes recipes for Buckweat Pikelets, Fried Egg Dosa and Okonomiyaki. I’ve already mentioned how much I love pancakes for breakfast but savoury pancakes haven’t really been my thing – until now.

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Hot Cross Buns

seasonal food, hot cross buns

I love seasonal food. Mince Pies at Christmas, Haira at Ramadan*. There’s something about food that’s only available for a limited time that makes me crave it like crazy.

I also love food that you can only get in certain places in the world – those turtle chocolates in Mexico, the white crunchie bar in Cape Town and the Cuban sandwich at Café Habana in New York (I want that right now). Continue reading

Emilia Pizza

popolo, rushcutters bay

What I’m looking for in my neighbourhood restaurant is a fool proof, comfortable dining stop where after a busy day, when I can’t face the kitchen myself, I am welcome and fed like a dear friend. It may be the place for celebrating a mini-milestone (like surving a big presso) or simply for when I know I’ve spent too many nights in front of the TV and need to reconnect with a human. Continue reading

Tagliata Prep

tagliata for two, nigella lawson

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced kitchen envy as much as watching Nigella’s latest television program, Nigellisima. I’m barely following the recipes for staring at the gorgeous layout, elegant appliances, heavenly pantry and beautiful kitchen garden. If the kitchen is the heart of the home then this kitchen would be a Phar Lap sized, thumping, organ. It is so gorgeous it would make people who eat beans straight out of the can want to whip up a cheeky bowl of pasta or their first yoghurt pot cake. So here’s the kicker – it’s a set. But apparently it’s modelled off Nigella’s real kitchen (lucky cow 😉 Continue reading

Poulet Rits with Carrots and Radish

cafe nice, circular quay

Ooh la la. The Fratelli Fresh teams’ new French restaurant is all systems are go at their Circular Quay venue.

Given I’m a regular to Café Sopra I’m feeling confident of a familiar experience with an easy shift from Italy to France. On a weekday lunch the room is filling nicely and the menu has a lengthy list of options that look inviting. But if I can start with the room.

Cafe Nice Neon Sign

Cafe Nice Neon Sign

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Ash Street Fig and Jamon Salad

ash street cellars, sydney CBD

Ash Street Cellars is this month’s chosen destination for a touch of team bonding over steaks, snapper and some sweets for good measure.

Work. More specifically office work. Who in their right mind came up with that crazy experiment? For those that have managed to dodge a corporate lifestyle it’s everything you’ve ever managed. For those of you, like me, who are part of the cubicle chorus, the biro brigade, the excel jockeys, the powerpoint princesses, the corporate crunch – you all know that there are a series of techniques that you need to maintain your sanity. Continue reading

Jamie's Chicken Fajita Meal

jamie’s 15 minute meal challenge

15 minute meals, you say. Great taste in record time, you say?

I think I can pull a meal together pretty swiftly when I need to, but 15 minutes for something tasty sounds like a big ask even for me. If it was anyone but Jamie I’d think they’re having a lend of me but given I’m a pretty massive Jamie fan and have been following him since he was scootering around in his Naked Chef days I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

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