Edmonds & Greer

Edmonds & Greer

In quiet, leafy suburbia – Oatley, Sydney – Edmonds & Greer sits contentedly on the corner of Mulga Street & Mi Mi Street. A friend introduced me to this Home Decor – Gift Shop – Cafe a few years ago for a coffee & treat.  I’ve been back a few times since for brunch and…

The Laughing Goat Cafe

The Laughing Goat Cafe`

Everything about this cafe` is quirky! From the name to it’s location inside an antique store (The Southern Antiques Centre Kogarah), decor, and even a few items on the menu like Black Poison Coffee Beans & the old fashion Jaffle. It’s a great little cafe` that I recommend you try if you’re in that neck…

Carciofi Ripieni (Stuffed Artichokes)

Carciofi Ripieni (Stuffed Artichokes)

This recipe is my mum’s and one stored in my memory bank as a favourite from my childhood. It is ‘Calabrese’ style cooking (Calabria is in the south of Italy) and, typical of Italian recipes, there are many versions of this dish throughout Italy.  In the north, the artichoke stuffing usually comprises of breadcrumbs, parmesan…

Otto Ristorante

Otto Ristorante

It’s a family tradition that we celebrate our birthdays somewhere ‘fancy’ (meaning excellent food & sophisticated) and often with water views for a Sunday lunch.  Otto Ristorante fits that measure perfectly. I’ve dinned at Otto a few times now for both lunch & dinner and I have to say it’s one of my favourite modern…

Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry is an easier way to make a true puff pastry and is often called or known as a ‘cheats’ version of puff pastry. Large knobs of butter are mixed through dough and the dough is then rolled and folded to spread the butter through the dough. The result is uneven layers and…

Da Mario

Da Mario

Da Mario is the new sister restaurant of Pizza Mario, Surry Hills and continues the tradition of serving Napoletana (Naples) style pizza – super thin bases with minimal toppings. Located in the post-industrial Rosebery, Sydney (and positioned amongst a number of popular establishments such as ‘Kitchen By Mike’ & ‘Black Star Pastry’), it looks as…

Bendooley Bar & Grill

Bendooley Bar & Grill

If you drive south from Sydney towards the Southern Highlands (about 90 mins), you’ll come across a charming little town called Berrima.  In this town you’ll find Bendooley Bar and Grill which resides in Berkelouw Book Barn on the Bendooley Estate. I chose this spot for a book club meeting lunch (I’m a part of…

Melanzane Ripieni (Stuffed Eggplants)

  These Melanzane Ripieni (stuffed eggplants or eggplants refilled) are a very popular meal in southern Italy, but of course you will find versions of it all around Italy (and each region would claim theirs the best!). The recipe I have provided for you today is my mum’s recipe and is ‘Calabrese’ style (from Calabria…