Kamran’s Classic Belgian Waffles

I am a bit of a waffle fiend. It is the one item on cafe menus that always catches my attention. My ideal waffle is the type that you can smell the sweet aroma from two streets away, deep dished, goldenly crunchy on the outside yet light and soft on the inside. I have tried…

Tinakori Bistro, Wellington

Food: 4.5 stars Service: 4 stars Ambiance: 3.5 stars Many people do not know that Tinakori Bistro, a popular Thordon establishment, has been under new ownership since April 2016. The new owner Chef, Aaron Stott, is a globe trotter. He has worked in fine dining restaurants in Dubai, Moscow, St Petersburg as well as the…

Cashew Brittle

This is one of the favourite hits with my friends and families. People couldn’t help but come back for seconds and thirds. It is very easy to make but you do need a sugar thermometre. I much prefer a digital one as it is more precise and easier to read. The addition of liquid glucose…

Honey Almond Slice

This recipe is based on Matt Preston’s ‘Bus Driver’s Mother in Law Slice’. Matt is the constant fixture on Australian MasterChef. He was also voted the ‘Awesome Oldie’ in the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award.  Apparently this honey almond slice was his favourite treat when he went on bus trips up the Hume Highway, shared by…

PappaRich, Wellington

Food: 4.5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars Service: 4 stars Malaysia has come to Wellington! Just a few days ago, PappaRich opened its door in Wellington for the first time. It is a Malaysian restaurant chain that aims at recreating authentic Malaysian cuisine using age-old recipes.   PappaRich, with over 125 restaurants around the world, drew…

Chocolate Macaroons

It seems to be an urban legend that the making of macaroons is preserved for professional patisserie chefs. Not true. I bet you can make these perfectly dainty little French morsels at home. What you will need is a good scale and a digital thermometer.  A bench top mixer also comes in handy. Instead of…

Little Poms

Food: 5 stars Service: 4 stars Ambience: 4 stars This is a must visit if you are heading to Christchurch! A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by a foodie friend in Christchurch to go and cook for a Ronald McDonald fund raising event. The 5-course degustation event was a great success but catching…

Almond Roca

For years I have salivated over the almond roca that is commercially available.  I lust over the butteriness and crunchiness of the perfect little morsels wrapped in golden foil that to me was the epitome of a luxurious coffee treat.  But alas, quality does not come cheap. Today, via trial and error, I have figured…

Cafe Polo

Food: 4 stars Service: 3.5 stars Ambience: 3.5 stars A suburban café with amazing wine selection and great food Gone were the days when Miramar was a sleepy suburb. 15 years ago, no one would ever make a trip to Miramar as the highlight of their weekend. The shops were tired. The streets were vacant….

Phu Thai Lana

Food:  3 stars Service: 3 stars Ambience: 3 stars Be sure to specify the level of spiciness you want – because they don’t ask! I like planning.  The process of planning and writing things down in my clunky old diary is calming. It puts me in my comfort zone. I like to eliminate the unknown. …

Chorizo Kofta with Chipotle Yoghurt

I went to a ‘Bring-a-Plate’ work function last night.  There were about 40 people in attendance. I did some brainstorming. I wanted to bring something tasty, but also something that is easy for people to pick up and eat while they move around and socialize. Besides, the recipe also had to be quick and easy…

Hippopotamus, Wellington

Food: 5 stars Service: 4 stars Ambience: 4 stars Hippopotamus is my favourite fine dining restaurant in Wellington, but what an odd choice for name.  I wonder where the inspiration came from.  When I think of hippopotamus, Wilbur Smith’s novel, The River God, comes to mind. It is a story of Pharaohs, Queens, the lush…