Birthday Cake

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One of my work colleague’s wife always gets assigned to make Axel’s birthday cake every year. She is very creative and talented and bakes the most delicious cake with marshmallow icing.

Carrot Cake

So I got a Kitchen Aid for my birthday this year and a whole lot of other baking tools fit for real masterchef from friends. Great to see the very high expectations my friends have set on  my very amateurish baking skills….Decided to make this carrot cake as my first attempt….let’s say it looks lot better than what it taste!

Macaroni Cheese

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I made this easy and delicious Macaroni Cheese and Cauliflower dish from my Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals book a few weekends ago. As you can see I managed to obtain my BIG stamp of approval from my little food critic!

Here is how to make it!

Chiswick Restaurant

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If you have been watching Masterchef Australia then celebrity chef Matt Moran should be familiar to you. I love the brand around his latest collaborated Chiswick Restaurant. The whole idea is about neighborhood kitchen garden where most of the fresh produce are grown in the backyard. I love the simple and friendly environment with large communal tables perfect for sharing stories and celebrating good moments!

Homemade Pizza

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I have been craving for comfort food this winter like mad! Last weekend we bought 2 bags of dough from the Food Lovers Market and made this pizza with two different toppings.

Here are 4 easy topping ideas:

Ham, mushrooms and rocket

  • 75.0g basil pesto
  • 100.0g ham , chopped
  • 75.0g mushrooms , sliced
  • handful cherry tomatoes , halved
  • handful rocket

Spicy Pepperoni & Pepper

  • 75.0g passata
  • 40.0g pepperoni , sliced
  • 1 red chilli , sliced
  • 1 green pepper , deseeded and sliced
  • 100.0g mozzarella , torn
  • handful parsley , roughly chopped

Goats cheese and vegetables

  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 75.0g basil pesto
  • 100.0g soft goat’s cheese
  • 50.0g green olives , halved
  • 50.0g sundried tomatoes , sliced

Beef, basil, tomato and mozzarella

  • 200.0g lean beef mince
  • 1 red onion , sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1.0 tsp olive oil
  • 75.0g passata
  • handful cherry tomato , halved
  • 100.0g mozzarella , torn
  • basil leaves , to serve (optional)

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Jamie’s Italian

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So my favourite chef Jamie Oliver turned 37 years old last Sunday. He is someone I admire and respect a lot due to his passion, dedication, hard work and his strive for perfectionism in no matter what he does. I had the opportunity to be invited to one of his restaurant Jamie’s Italian while I was in London in Jan and was amazed on how simple, cosy and homely the place felt like. I love the main lighting made of clear recycled glass bottles, the antique “crapper” toilets, white rectangular tiles and raw wood. The food was excellent and all served in terracotta dinnerware!

Photographs: me