Showing posts from February, 2016

Brazilian passionfruit cake (bolo de maracujá)

This recipe is directly taken from (I have not made any changes except for recipe modifications listed below)
Ingredients Cake
4 eggs, separated 330 g (1½ cups) caster sugar 100 gunsalted butter, softened 300 g(2 cups) plain flour 2 tspbaking powder 250 ml passionfruit pulp (about 12 passionfruit)
Passionfruit syrup 60 ml passionfruit pulp (about 3 passionfruit) 220 g (1 cup) caster sugar
Method 1)Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20 cm round ring cake pan. 2)Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks, sugar and butter for 6 minutes or until mixture is pale and fluffy. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and clean the bowl of the electric mixer. 3)Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl, then working in batches, fold through yolk mixture, alternating with passionfruit pulp. Place egg whites in the cleaned bowl of the electric mixer and whisk to soft peaks. Gently fold egg whites through passionfruit mixture in 2 batch…

Fast February

Gosh, this month has gone so quick (even with the extra day that this leap year has given us!)
I started my PhD at the beginning of this month and can't believe it has been a month already. I've been trying to adjust myself to the full-time (9 to 5) work routine. Right now, I am working on my paper from last year and starting a new SLR. To be honest, it has been a hard juggle but I'm slowly learning (safe to say!) I think the key is that you have to accept the fact that there will be ups and downs and you're not going to be super productive everyday. 
For the majority of the time, I have stuck to very simple/ quick options (as you can tell from the pictures below) except for the Brazilian Passionfruit cake which was for a very special occasion (see recipe here).
Other than that, I started using my bamboo steamer during the Chinese New Year time. I have always wanted to use one of these, hopefully I can do some experiment cooking with it soon :)
I've eaten out at t…

Picnick View Cafe

We actually had plans to somewhere else but spontaneously decided to come here (as we were running late). I remember reading about this somewhere last year and wondering where the location was. I used to do volunteering here with Cancer Council and did one of my placements here last year so I knew the area well but I had no idea this cafe was hiding here the whole time (it’s because you  can't see the name of the cafe from the street). It's completely hidden, all I could ever see was Campos coffee.
We sat down after ordering food and looked around at all the hipster elements of this cafe. They have a lot here, it's pretty much packed with stuff. We waited for a while and started wondering why the food wasn't coming. We found it quite difficult to sit outside (it was a really hot day) and there was no arrangement inside (it's a really small cafe).

Soon after, one of the staff came and told me my dish would take another extra 20 mins because they need to roast it. I was…

Australia's Healthy Weight Week

This week is all about encouraging people to eat healthy, home cooked meals and making small changes towards a healthy lifestyle. It is also about telling people what we do as dietitians (hence I am writing)
The pictures are from the morning tea we hosted (colleagues and myself) for staff on our floor at work. 
As you can tell from the photos, we tried to include something from all the food groups. We wanted to make it colourful and include healthier options, where possible. 
Fruits: apples, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, figs, passionfruit, nectarines and peaches Vegetables: carrots, snow peas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and beetroot dip Dairy: low fat yoghurt and low fat ricotta (fritatata) Lean meat, fish, poultry, nuts and legumes: variety of nuts, hommus Cereals: wholemeal pita bread
If you'd like to read more information on the AHWW, head over to :)


Had my first proper food adventure of 2016 at the famous Mamak! This has been on my 'must visit' list for too long. I think I've avoided it longer than usual because of the crowd. I remember walking past this place in the past and planning that we'd eat here someday. We've tried planning spontaneous meet ups to come here but it's just kind of far, then there's the long wait.

We were secretly hoping the line wouldn't be as bad today because it's a weeknight. Even though it'sThursdaynight, you'd hope that more people are going shopping (than coming to eat out). Anyway, the luck was on our side this time. The line was quite short compared to what we've seen/ heard of. We patiently waited to go in. We felt a real sense of excitement thinking about what it might be like inside, it looked super busy. We were finally taken inside and shown our seats. It was a cute little set up with stools and small tables. It's actually quite a small place …