Category Archives: Home cooking

Sydney Food Diary: Casa Barelli’s Burgundy Truffles from Aldi

Aldi is a phenomenon. I love it. The middle aisles, filled with their current specials, are like a surprise door from a game show: What’s behind door number 3 today? While Aldi has provided me with various delights over time … Continue reading

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Home cooking: I made my own mozzarella cheese!

So, I am in disbelief that I made my own mozzarella cheese. That there above is not store-bought but was made with my own two hands. Ages ago, I stumbled across instructions on Kitchn from Emma Christensen, accompanied by a … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Nanaimo Bars!

A dish from my childhood from my native land, Canada. Asked for an event in Australia to bring something from my country, I was inspired to make these. Luckily, I found a recipe in Australia (since it offered Australian measurement). … Continue reading

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Home Cooking: Chez Panisse Almond Tart (David Lebovitz)

Lord, this was good! I first started following David Lebovitz’s website and newsletters when living in Paris. He had wonderful hints for living in Paris, hunting down the best places to eat and buy treats, and great recipes, which always … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu originated from the Sichuan province and has a fairly good origin story: the Village Voice identifies the creator as an old woman with a pock-marked face (from smallpox). Perhaps people decided it would be kinder to call her … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Amy Ruth’s, Harlem

   I didn’t think I’d get to eat Soul Food again before I left New York City, but I took an express train in the wrong direction and ended up in Harlem. Seriously. So, after chilling out at Mist with … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Rye and molasses no-knead bread

So, the adventures in bread making continue. After my first attempts, I was still enjoying the bread, but I felt confused about how I could be using whole-wheat flour and rye flour and the bread just basically tasted like heavy … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Whole wheat no-knead bread

I’m not sure how in middle age I have become a baker of bread, but it’s a welcome development. I remember marvelling every time a college classmate, Shelley, would make bread. It seemed mostly simple, somewhat complex and an awfully … Continue reading

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Home Cooking: Mango Sticky Rice

One of my favourite treats when visiting Bangkok is to sneak into a food court in a shopping mall and order a Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niew Ma Muang). There’s usually a whole floor or at least a large corner … Continue reading

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