2015 it’s the Year of the Goat

It’s Chinese New Year, this year is the year of the Goat (or some people refer to it as the year of the Sheep) In Mandarin you say; Gong Xi Fa Cai  in Cantonese Gong Hey Fat Choy.  Meaning, ‘wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year’. There are many traditions around this holiday and with them lots of food …

Entrecôte

  Last week when I was back in Melbourne, a gorgeous friend in the know suggested I eat at Entrecôte, what a great idea that was! The weather was stunning, the days long and warm, the Botanical Gardens humming with people inspired to take advantage of a perfect evening to ‘move’, life was good. Sitting on the front terrace we ordered oysters …

White chocolate and lemon cake

Something sweet for a sweet day, made with a sweet boy!  And since he has inherited the ‘lemon’ gene, we decided on a white chocolate and lemon cake, love! I need to give the kid the photo credits as well, he was keen to have a go, and I think he was definitely up for the job, what do you think? …

Monday meatless meal -healthy lentil soup

It’s still cold in Hong Kong, so soup is still a strong go to meal! This one modified from Jamie Oliver hits the mark to start the week off on a meatless, healthy note. YUM!   What you need; 1 tsp olive oil 1 white onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 sticks of celery 1 small bunch of fresh coriander …

Toasted Quinoa with Lemony Cabbage + Pistachios

Last night I made an adaption of this recipe from  Martha Stewart. I omitted the dill, as well I couldn’t find any here in Hong Kong, and added pistachios. I also left off the yogurt as I didn’t feel we or the dish needed it! It was a fresh, filling dish that ticked all the boxes for a tasty, healthy …

eggplant soup

I understand that eggplant soup might not sound, nor look like something everyone would like, but trust me when I tell you, it’s really good! It is actually eggplant and parsnip, which might seem like an even stranger combination for a soup, but it works – honestly, it does.   What you need: 2 medium Italian eggplants, sliced in half lengthwise …

Now for… New Years Eve!

With the last of the wrapping paper ripped off, we have turned from Christmas clean up to New Years Eve prep in a single hour! We are currently organizing a progressive New Years Eve event, which will culminate at our place for mains, desert and no doubt general hilarity on many levels. Following our foray into making spiced pomegranate gin …

lets get cracking on Christmas

This year we are hosting Christmas day at our house, which is a Hong Kong first for us, come to think of it I don’t recall ever having Christmas Day at home, since we left Australia twelve years ago! With the menu planned, and quite possibly the BEST ever looking dessert decided (photos to come on the day) I was …

in the club!

Last week we went to Australia to attend one of my closest friends wedding (more about that in another post) for now I want to share with you our first stop, the Qantas Club lounge in the Hong Kong airport! I first joined the Qantas Club about twelve years ago, when I qualified for a corporate discount! that privilege had …