10 steps to build your steamboat or hot pot


There is nothing better than gathering around a warm fire and enjoying food with friends and family. Remember the good old camp fires and barbecue pits? You’ve most likely forgotten the banter, but the warm and happy feeling lingered long after the meal’s digested. Steamboat has the same effect. It’s essentially a large pan of…

Chawanmushi 茶碗蒸し


Little tiny dishes with delicately plated ingredients, perfect execution of cooking and tastes of deliciousness. I love Japanese meals that are presented as several courses, and especially when they integrate well, following naturally from one to the next. One iconic dish, Chawanmushi, is often served as part of the course. This savoury egg custard is…

Bluff Oysters with a tangy chilli, lime and ginger sauce


I’ve only recently tried the famous Bluff Oysters – it was so delicious that my friend and I who were sharing the entree dish were left wanting more! Unfortunately the restaurant had no more for the evening so we couldn’t indulge our taste buds further. I saw them in the fish department of the supermarket…

Seafood Chowder


I learnt this easy seafood chowder from watching Masterchef Australia. Fleur Sullivan, the chef, is from NZ! This seafood chowder is made with roux, a mixture of flour and butter. I’ve modified this recipe a bit to reduce the amount of butter to make it lighter. You can pretty much add any seafood in as…