Mom’s fluffy chocolate loaf cake (308 calories per serve)


Even after living in Australia for 15 years, I still call her ‘mom’ in the American way. She makes this cake to bring to church to share as morning tea refreshments after the service. It’s one of her most popular cakes and it’s so moreish. You won’t need any icing for this. Serves 8 Prep time 30…

Perfectly decadent dark chocolate cake (258 calories per serve)


This is the first (and maybe only) time I’ve used the word ‘perfect’ on this blog so it’s not something that I take lightly. The first time I had this cake was from a lovely lady named Liz at my previous workplace. She would make this beautiful cake every few months and it was widely appreciated…

Thai “street vendor” grilled pork (370 calories per serve)


It has been nearly a year since I’ve been to Bangkok, Thailand. What I love most about the place is the food, especially the grilled pork sold on skewers by street vendors. They are also incredibly cheap – about 10 baht per stick or roughly about A$0.30 (maybe A$0.35 now that the dollar has fallen). There…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (371 calories per serve)


Cauliflower would be the last ingredient I would think of using in a soup. I don’t even eat cauliflower that often to be honest. And it’s not even a flower! But I did have a large, whole cauliflower in the fridge that was starting to get brown spots so I thought I might as well…

Burmese Chicken Biryani (549 calories per serve)


One of my favourite dishes when I go and visit Burma is Burmese chicken biryani or “danbauk”. It is different from other biryanis mainly because the chicken is cooked with the rice and it also features cashew nuts, raisins, and peas. It is a very fragrant dish and you can smell it long before it…

Moroccan lamb racks (319 calories per serve)


This is my favourite way of cooking lamb racks because I just love the mixture of spices. I usually cook this medium rare but Mum and little brother only eat well done so I’ve made it well done, which still tastes nice. Serves 4 Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20-30 mins + 10 mins…

Exploding red bean bun (144 calories)


Serves 12 buns Prep time 30 minutes + 1 hour proofing + overnight soaking Cook time 10-15 minutes Red bean buns are one of my favourite comfort foods because of the soft bun texture and the red bean sweetness. I love Asian bread and steamed bread tends to have an outer skin layer that you…