Porcini Risotto

Porcini Risotto

Risotto is known to be the death dish on MasterChef Australia, because of its failure rate on the cooking show.  So, the thought of cooking risotto at home was a daunting challenge for me.  Since hubby really really really loves risotto, I set out to make his favorite Porcini Risotto.


Slow-Braised Beef Cheeks

Braised Beef Cheeks

I’ve made Gordon Ramsay’s Red Wine Braised Beef Cheeks a handful of times since I bought his Ultimate Home Cooking cookbook.  It’s a recipe I keep going back to for its simplicity and the richly delicious red wine sauce. Read more >>

Linguine with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Linguine with Mushroom Cream Sauce

I was planning to whip up a simple mushroom cream sauce pasta dish and wasn’t sure if I could find some good mushroom’s at the wet market. So, I was so happy to come across some lovely cremini mushroom’s at my favorite organic veggie stall. If you lived in Hong Kong, you would understand my struggles and frustrations of finding the ingredients you needed. Read more >>

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled pork sandwiches anyone?

You can slow-cook a tough cut of pork, such as pork shoulder, over a barbecue, in a slow-cooker or even in an oven and it will become tender enough for you to pull apart with your fingers.

Living in Hong Kong, I don’t have the luxury of a barbecue and my kitchen is too tiny to have the storage space for a slow-cooker so I tried an oven-roasted version of pulled pork.  You might think I’m crazy to roast a 2kg pork shoulder for 2 people, but I really wanted to try Tyler Florence’s recipe, so I went for it!


Moules Marinière

Moules marinière

The last time I attempted to cook mussels was a while ago and it didn’t turn out so well. Maybe it was the recipe I tried or possibly the use of too much wine or who knows why.  So when I had a craving for Moules-Frites (Mussels & Fries) I was determined to make the perfect mussels this time around. Read more >>

Chef the Movie: Pasta Aglio e Olio

Pasta Aglio e Olio

The movie, Chef, finally premiered in Hong Kong last week, and needless to say I rushed to the theatre to see it. This is now my favorite movie of the year (so far). But I admit I could be a slightly biased, since the film serves up a lot of food porn.


My Mom’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

It wasn’t very often my mom would cook non-Chinese dishes for us when I was growing up in Toronto. But every now and then, she would make us this delicious chunky Spaghetti with Tomato Meat Sauce recipe for lunch on the weekends. Read more >>