Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Recipe: Spaghetti with truffle

It's always nice to play with the real deal truffle and not a version of it bottled up in oil. It' the first time I tried using this powerful fungus (thanks to MD Provodores) that gives you the oomph and sexiness in a pasta dish. I tried a truffled spaghetti recipe published by Acadamia Barilla and threw in a few extras of what I thought would go with truffle. I didn't have a knife that could shave off the truffle into thin slices so I grated it instead and it should be the last step as if you sprinkle cheese on top of spaghetti to retain all its flavours. You'll find cheese and garlic are great harmonious carriers for the rich earthiness of the truffle's flavour.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recipe: Lebanese Fattoush Salad

I could’ve walked down to my local shop and bought Lebanese bread for $1.50 to make my fattoush salad but I chose not to and decided to make my own Lebanese bread.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Beachside Staycation: What to See,Taste and Do Around the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

A well-executed staycation can be just as relaxing as jet setting off to another location, particularly if it is a beachside location in Sydney. On the M5 East Motorway I was there in 30 minutes and it’s not too far from the Sydney CBD and airport. Coogee Beach is where I headed for a weekend staycation to be pampered at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach. It might have been too cold to swim in mid May but that’s part of the attraction of a famous Sydney beach in Winter – less crowds. It doesn’t have to be a staycation. If you are looking for a place to stay for business travel or a romantic getaway by the beach then Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach would be a nice and cosy location.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Travel Diary :: Nashdale Lane Luxury Glamping Tents in Orange, NSW

I must admit, I’ve never ‘roughed it’ and been camping or pitched a tent. It’s just something my family never did when I was younger. My perception of camping has only been influenced by what I have seen on television: falling asleep under the stars, leaking tents, campfire pits, creatures in tents, sleeping on bumpy ground.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shangri-La Sydney: How to spoil yourself on your birthday

Forget buying stuff that adds to clutter to your home. Book a staycation close to home and experience luxury for your birthday instead. Yes, as a Sydneysider I’ve seen our Harbour Bridge and Opera House many times before but have you ever just woken up to the sight of the Sydney trifecta of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour at sunrise or just watched peak hour traffic on the bridge at sunset when the sky transforms into a magical kaleidoscope? 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Travel Diary:: What to See, Taste and Do in Orange, Central West NSW

"You may already know that a dedicated bunch of food lovers want to create a special gustatory event which will appeal to interested locals and tourist in Orange in colourful autumn … What better theme than to use the riches right under our noses?” – Rhonda Doyle, Journalist, 1991

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to create a simple fresh table flatlay for a long Sunday brunch

“If you could invite anyone over for Sunday brunch, who would it be?” I asked my local florist, Jackie of Jackie’s Floral Gallery as we sat, ate and drank for Sunday brunch in my home. “Oooh, let me think … I would invite Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Ashton Kutcher and I love music and I’m sure I played guitar in my past life somewhere by a river in Mississippi … so definitely Santana, Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock" and Tina Turner, she’s pretty cool … I would have them all over for brunch.”