Tangzhong sausage rolls (154 calories per serve)


When I was in university, there was an Asian bakery that I used to frequent on my way to class. They always had the fluffiest breads. They were so pillowy because of a technique called tangzhong which uses a 1:5 ratio of flour to liquid (water or milk) and cooks it into a slurry. This…

Classic crispy croissant (375 calories per serve)


Two days or three days? It definitely takes more than one day to make a decent croissant. I found that there wasn’t too much difference between a 2 or 3 day croissant, but it made planning ahead easier. For the 2 day croissant, I make, laminate and shape the dough the afternoon before. I then…

Sichuan chilli fish


I love spicy food, especially the Sichuan style with those peppercorns that leave a numb feeling in your mouth. My favourite chilli fish has a well seasoned broth with large soy bean sprouts. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate this regularly and on the day before my labour, I had eaten chilli…

Homemade Nando’s Spice Rub


Nando’s holds a very special place in our family’s heart. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Nando’s. My parents love it and it’s a real treat for them to have when they visit me as they are yet to have a Nando’s where they live. Over the years, I’ve been able…

Tennessee Smoky Spice Rub


My husband loves barbecue ribs, especially the American style ones. The latest rub he’s been using is a Tennessee style smoky spice rub. The smoked hickory flavour is key to this and can be achieved in two ways – through a hickory smoke powder or with chips while barbecuing. This spice rub uses the smoke…

Gooey salted caramel ice cream (392 calories per serve)


I remember many years ago when I tried my first salted caramel dessert. It absolutely blew my mind. I had no idea that a combination of salt and sweet could taste so good. Since then salted caramel has been one of my absolute favourite flavours so of course, I had to make it from scratch…

Angie’s Strawberry Ice Cream (245 calories per serve)


I bought an ice cream maker recently – a Cuisinart with compressor (because who has that much space in the freezer for a bowl??). Since then, I have been experimenting with at least one flavour a week. I quickly realised that I liked the egg-free, no-cook varieties better because I can make an ice cream,…

Winter lamb roast (679 calories per serve)


My parents live in Myanmar but they would often visit me in Australia during winter. This was also when they caught up with all of their old friends. One such friend, Aunty Cho, used to always invite the whole family over for a lamb roast every winter. It was prepared by her husband and he…

Basic beef gyudon (430 calories per serve)


This is a very comforting recipe that I prepared for my brother. Beef gyudon is a pretty popular, and easy, Japanese recipe that is traditionally served with a raw egg. I get queasy with raw egg white so when I have it, I actually separate the egg yolk from the egg white and only eat…

Summer Sizzler Spice Seasoning


When James and I went to London in 2018, we were amazed at how beautiful and ‘old’ the city was. It was summer time, the Wimbledons were being played and England had made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup. The atmosphere was so festive and electric. There were plenty of rooftop bars…

Nutty orange carrot cake (370 calories per serve)


Seven years ago, I made this nutty orange carrot cake. It was my seventh post on this website and until then, carrot cakes were a very rare feature of my diet. However, I have been making them more often nowadays as I found out it is my daughter’s favourite cake (for now). She likes carrot…

Caramelised onion chicken (384 calories per serve)


My mom used to cook this a lot when I was young and I think it’s partly because it’s so simple and easy to make. There weren’t too many ingredients and it tasted so good all the time. It was really hard to mess up. This dish really tastes best if you fry the onions…