Aromatic chilli oil


What did you do on Sundays as a kid?My Sunday routine, for as long as I can remember, was going to yum cha with my family and grandma after church. There were favourites for each of us: beef mince balls and steamed rice rolls for me especially, but siu mai (steamed pork, prawns and mushroom)…

Ramen Noodles


Legit the closest I got to a ramen bar in NZ’s level 4 lockdown. Made Chashu Ramen for hubby’s birthday and it was as though we went for a holiday in Japan. Springy noodles with the distinctly yellow tones and alkaline smelly cooking water, these are close to the ones in ramen restaurants. I had…

Lemon Madeleines with Raspberry Chocolate


It just dawned on me while lying in bed this morning, lost in my own wonders of possibilities – usually about recipe ideas and planning how to bring such dreams to life – that there is a link between my affinity for cute bite-sized eats and my Mediator personality. Ah ahem, yes there is a…

Squid Ink Garganelli in a Vodka Tomato Creamy Sauce


A throw-together lunch, started cooking at 2.18pm, plated at 2.32pm. Shot at 2.38pm, ate at 2.50pm. It doesn’t get any faster than this!! I first tried vodka tomato cream sauce in a Te Anau restaurant, many many years ago. I remember it was the first time I was hit with this obsession to learn how…

Garlic, Parsley and Cheesey bread bites


Cheesy mini bites suitable for little hands and bigger hands alike! We thought these were really good paired with soup. Especially toasted and slathering on more LRC garlic & parsley butter. Our bubble loves it so much, I thought I’d misplaced some blocks when in fact they were being consumed at an alarming rate! (breakfast,…