Friday, May 18, 2018

Chicken Balls

Fuel up with some chicken balls! They were soft and juicy and delicious! So perfect for a quick dinner. I’ll tryto make them at home but making them juicy and not dry is a big challenge!

Thai Food Cravings 

Spring rolls, lamb curry, fried chicken, roti, fish soup, rice and fresh coconut juice! All soooo good! I promise I’ll have them all again soon! 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Topf Kuchen

What to do with old Easter chocolate eggs from last year? Yes, put them in the cake!  This traditional German cake, Topf kuchen (ring cake but translates literally as pot cake) was an excellent companion to coffee. Sooo good!


Wagyu Steak for Easter

I’ve been craving for steak the past couple of weeks and since I was trying to avoid some food during the holy week, I kind of saved this up for Easter Sunday. And what a Sunday dinner it was! Delicious!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Savoury Crepe for Lunch

First time to try savoury crepe and it was so good. I had mine with egg, ham and cheese, very delicious! I was surprised how filling it was, just enough for my lunch.

Nutella or with ham and cheese?

Freshest Mangoes

There’s nothing that can beat these mangoes when it comes to freshness. They look so sour but love them with spicy vinegar and salt. Makes everyone drool :). These were mangoes from the neighbors, just hanging there, very tempting.

Green mangoes at our neighbour!

Sticky Rice Ice Cream

First time to try sticky rice ice cream and it was really good! I love sticky rice as it is and having it as an ice cream flavour is a very welcomed idea. Will definitely have it again soon. Adds to my favourite!

Sticky rice ice cream

Sweet Potato Chips

There are times when I like mixing salty and sweet so for that one afternoon coffee break, I opted for my regular hot chocolate and yes, sweet potato chips with sour cream! My craving was solved!

Crunchy sweet potato chips!

The Bunny Pizza

This was my son’s pizza, a very cute pizza bunny! Unfortunately, he was missing his regular round Margherita pizza which has more sauce than the bunny so we had to order another one. I volunteered to eat the ears which were from really good dough.

The bunny pizza!

Hairy Ice cream

Not the ewww-kind of hairy but yummy! This was the ice cream dessert that came with my son’s meal. It was so cute, he didn’t want to touch it :). I just love the creativity in putting a hair-looking cream on the side. Sooo cute!

Cute vanilla ice cream for my son.

Pork Belly

Because it was Australia Day, I opted for something a bit fancy and filling (as I was already starving at that time). My choice of pork belly with mashed potato with truffle oil was delectable! Paired it with a cold berry-passionfruit mocktail, just perfect!

Delicious pork belly!

Hotpot and Barbeque

On my birthday, I opted for a meaty, warm and of course delicious dinner and this was the outcome. A hotpot - barbeque experience! It was fun being in a restaurant, cooking for ourselves. We did good for our first time (at least no burnt meat). It was an awesome choice!

Hotpot and pork bbq

Homemade American Pancake

These are an all-time favourite. The boys love them so I make them yummy pancakes on a regular basis. Soft but not overly fluffy disks and always perfect with butter and some drizzle of maple syrup! Yum!!!

Homemade American pancakes!

Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake 

I’m liking Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes! They’re super soft and fluffy unlike the western counterpart. Uncle Tetsu’s is a popular Japanese cheesecake chain which just invaded Sydney. Give it a try. it might be to your liking.

Uncle Tetsu's fluffy cheesecakes!

Homemade Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Second try to make these yummy cookies. Although they didn’t turn out to be how I like them, they’re still  quite good and they were an instant hit with boys. So all good then. Will be making some more next time!

chocolate crinkle cookies

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Churros Break

Another favourite is the crunchy churros at San Churros Chocolateria. These churros are deep fried and best smothered in melted chocolate! Perfect with coffee or for me dark hot chocolate.

Churros at Chocolateria San Churro

Be Good

Chocolate and coffee break at Chocolateria San Churro is not complete without the complimentary chocolate. And since it’s Christmas time, we got this cute message... Be good or I will text Santa!  No worries, just goodies, no baddies here.

Hot Chocolate at Chocolateria San Churro

Fried Barramundi 

We were at Kreta Ayer in Chatswood and I was starving I ordered a whole fried Barramundi! It was really yummy! Properly fried and served with sauteed onion and okra on top and it also came with hot and spicy cooked shrimp paste. The combination was just awesome, so good!

Fried Whole Barramundi, Kreta Ayer, Chatswood

Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake 

I saw a video that featured Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake and I thought I will give it a try. It’s different from the usual as it is fluffy. Never tried a fluffy one before until this one and loved it. It’s best chilled!

Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, George St, Sydney

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Afternoon Tea

After my doctor appointment, I had an ample time for an afternoon tea before picking up my son my school. I opted for a slice of carrot cake which is so yummy; soft, moist and not overly sweet. Paired it with my usual cup of hot chocolate, it was perfect! This makes my wait very relaxing.

Carrot cake and hot chocolate, The Library Cafe, North Sydney

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Birthday Cake

It was my son's 6th birthday so when we got home from the Gold Coast, I made him a yummy birthday cake. It was a double-layer super moist vanilla cake decorated with buttercream icing and rainbow sprinkles. Delicious cake, at least according to my boys :).

Homemade Vanilla Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing

Chinese Food for Dinner

After trying the Greek restaurant, we wanted something Asian the following night so we headed to the Dragon Cove Chinese resto at the Marine Village which just really a few walks from our hotel. Food was also great! We had fried noddles and crispy chicken for our main and we had these (in photo) filling and delicious appetizers: spring rolls, pork dumplings and the best wonton soup I ever had!

Appetizers at the Dragon Cove Restaurant, Hope Island, Gold Coast

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Candy Shop At Dreamworld

When my son saw the candy shop at Dreamworld, he couldn't help but run inside. I could understand the excitement! It was a candy and chocolate world! So colourful, sweet-smelling and delightful! It was hard which one to pick!

Candy Shop at Dreamworld, Gold Coast

Yummy Pizza at Dreamworld

I didn't expect great food at a theme park so it was a big surpise. These pizzas were so good! Not salty at all and the yummy mozarella cheese was extra stretchy. I wish I had tabasco sauce with me but even without my tabasco, I almost ate my entire share :).

Pizza at Dreamworld, the Gold Coast

Greek Food Gold Coast

I miss Greek food a lot! I haven't had it since we came to Australia so I was excited to know that there was a good Greek restaurant near our hotel in the Gold Coast. Glad we made it that night, an awesome Greek dinner with calamaris and souvlaki, complete with garlic bread, feta cheeses and salad. We were so full but still managed to squeezed in creme caramel for dessert!

Greek food, George's Paragon, the Gold Coast

Bubba's Lunch

My now 6-year-old son, whom I still call bubba had this cute beef burger with chips for his lunch. He was happy with his choice. He was quite serious with tanking up some energy for his swimming later. Good eating + swimming + resting make a great holiday!

Mini Beef Burger, Intercontinental Hotel, Gold Coast

Club Sandwich for Lunch

For my lunch, I had the equally filling club sandwich with chips! Quite a generous serving for a petite lady like me :).  It was good food! Love my view of the pool while eating and the comfortable heat made the food more appetizing!

Club Sandwich, Intercontinental Hotel, Gold Coast

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips meal is always perfect when you're close to the water so hubby settled for this sumptuous lunch. The delicious salad was an awesome complement to the greasy food then just had to give it a fruity smoothie finish!

Fish and chips lunch at the Intercontinental Gold Coast

Fruit Smoothies

Upon arrival at our hotel in the Gold Coast, we settled to have a lunch by the pool side. It was hot enough to have some cold drinks so we got ourselves the yummy mango and strawberry smoothies. Lunch was great, it was almost tropical-like!

Mango and strawberry smoothies

Tower Desserts

The good thing with buffet is you get to try every food available including desserts. On hubby's birthday this year, we had buffet lunch at the Sydney Tower. There were a lot of choices so it was hard. I could only eat a few though so I had to choose carefully. Here I got sago, pavlova bite and a nutty square dessert.

Desserts at the Sydney Tower Buffet


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Crispy Chicken 

Whenever I don't have much appetite but still need to eat rice, this crispy chicken with rice is always the top choice. I enjoy the crispy skin most dipped in hot chili sauce. It comes with a few tomato and cucumber slices which are perfect appetizers.

Crispy chicken with rice at Westfield Pitt st. Foodcourt

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chocolatey Waffle with Fruits

My family's favourite at Guylian cafe is their waffle served with melted chocolate for drizzling, ice cream and some assorted fresh fruits. The plate is colourful and mouth- watering! They were all gone in just a few second!

Waffle with melted chocolate, ice cream and assorted fruits at Guylian Cafe

Vanilla Pudding

As my son loves most food vanilla-flavoured, it was  expected he would ask for this vanilla pudding with some sliced strawberries on top and drizzled with strawberry sauce. Pudding was okay but sauce somewhat reminded me of cough medicine. Surprisingly, my boy loves it!!

Vanilla pudding at Din Tai Fung

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Best Pork Buns

One of my family's favourite to order at Ippudo is their super delicious pork buns! A slice of well-cooked, soft, savoury pork inside super soft bun! Definitely, a must-try! Kids love it too!

Pork Buns in Ippudo

Strawberry & Chocolate

Another temptation from Max Brenner cafe is this strawberry dip and it's obvious as to why. Strawberries are fresh and the dipping chocolate is so good, everything melts together in your mouth!

Strawberry Dip by Max Brenner

Warming up This Winter

I don't like getting cold so winter is my least favourite season. Sydney's winter is not that bad though and I'm surrounded with some good chocolate cafes for my supply of dark hot chocolate whenever I needed a cuppa. This yummy-looking one is from Max Brenner.

Dark Hot Chocolate by Max Brenner

Pad Thai Goodness

One of my favourite Thai dishes is this irristible Pad Thai! It's rice noodles so it doesn't make me bloat like regular wheat noodles. The sauce is so good and the nuts with some fresh bean sprouts that come with it add crunchiness to every bite.

Pad Thai

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Piemonte

This seems new to Lindt here in Australia and I'm so addicted to it. I can eat 10 of these in a row. The Piemonte is not as sweet as the others and it has chunks of hazelnuts inside which make it so munchable. This got to be my new favourite by Lindt!

Piemonte Chocolates by Lindt

Yummy Chicken & Duck

First time at Kreta Ayers and oh man, it was delicious! We had this crunchy, marinated-in-shrimp-paste chicken and half duck curry. We had rice with these and a lemon drink which countered well
with the 2 dishes. So good, I wanna be back soon.

Kreta Ayer's Fried Chicken and Duck Curry



Fragrant Chrysanthemum Tea

Enjoyed this super fragrant chrysanthemum tea yesterday after a walk in the cold. It's perfect during the cold days in winter. Keeps you warm and it is as well calming. Furthermore, the flower is so pretty!

Chrysanthemum Tea

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Teriyaki Salmon

This teriyaki salmon at Yayoi is a favorite. Paired with the ever sooo good rice plus a bowl of miso soup with seashells in it, oishi! I never get tired of it!

Teriyaki Salmon at Yayoi

Vanilla Cuppity Cakes

My boy's favorites weren't absent during the holidays but I couldn't promise him a fancy icing so I left that out. Instead, I had them in festive, colourful cupcake liners. I think that did the trick :). Cupcakes were as usual moist and super delicious!

Moist Vanilla Cupcakes!

Christmas Dinner 2015

What was yours? Well, this was ours... a deliciously stuffed grilled whole chicken. It came with boiled sweet Dutch carrots and could be paired with crackers and cheese. It wasn't a feast for many but it was for the 3 of us :)! Hope you had a joyful celebration!

Yummy chicken for Christmas dinner

Tollhouse Cookies

I'd lost and forgotten this recipe a long time ago. Good thing I sent it to a friend before and she reminded me about it last Christmas. Nice of her to send me back the recipe I sent her before. I didn't waste time and baked it during the holidays. They were so good!

Home-baked Tollhouse Cookies

Vanillekipferl 2015

We've decided to make it a Christmas tradition to make the irrestible Vanillekipferl. Last Christmas, they came out a bit chubbier than usual but still delicious as they normally are. It's one of my favorite Christmas cookies so they don't normally last long :).

Vanillekipferl Christmas 2015

Tempting Tortes

Baking at home or not, the temptations are just everywhere. Like these delicious and tempting tortes and cakes in a cafe at the QVB. You can't resist them or can you? My personal favorite here is their New York cheesecake, it melts in your mouth!

Tortes and cakes at Vienna cafe, QVB

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Eggnog Cupcakes

Christmas baking starts now with these christmassy eggnog cupcakes with a hint of nutmeg. I really get into the Christmas mood when I start baking. It's becoming a tradition, a very delicious one! How about you, have you got started yet?

Delicious Eggnog Cupcakes

Friday, November 25, 2016

Mini Cakes

It's always hard if you're confronted with plenty of choices and when that happens, get everything :). So I got five mini cakes after my sumptuous dinner buffet! They all look mouth-watering so the dilemma is understandable.

Mouth-watering mini cakes!

Pakapaka Delight

This is one of the best seafood dishes I ever had, it's grilled Pakapaka fish that came with coarsely mashed potatoes, asparagus and capers. It was super delicious, nourishing and energy-giving. Worth every dollar spent! It was sooo good, I ordered it again the next day :).

Grilled Pakapaka in Fiji

Calamari Rings

My choice as we had that lovely lunch next to the beach in Fiji was this calamari rings with salt and pepper. They were fried to perfection: crunchy, brownish and not too greasy. I could tell, they were from fresh, medium-sized squid as they were not fishy and chewy. The dish came with a small bowl of sour cream and a slice of Fijian lime. Delicious!

Salt &Pepper Calamari Rings