Brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day, mainly because you can order anything you want – sweet, savoury or anything in between! One of the first places we actually tried in South Yarra was CNF Café and we’ve been back a couple of times since. I’ve ordered the same thing every time, despite the variety in the menu, but it has basically everything I want in a brunch dish!
When my brother requested Sans Rival for his birthday this year, we thought he was joking. While Sans Rival is a Filipino dessert, its name means ‘without rival’ in French and I can tell you that there are not many desserts that can rival the richness of this cake. Layers of meringue and buttercream are slathered with even more buttercream and chopped cashews to make an incredibly indulgent dessert. Having eaten Sans Rival frequently in the Philippines, my sister and I were unsure of whether we could faithfully recreate it in all its glory, however we did find this relatively simple recipe and decided to give it a go.
I love poached eggs. I love them particularly when they have a gooey, runny centre that can be mopped up with pieces of toast and rashers of bacon. However, whenever I contemplated making them for myself at home, I was always put off by what seemed an excessively complicated procedure involving whirlpools or swirling vortexes of water. That was until I came across Masterchef Australia: The Cookbook (Volume 1), which had a poached egg recipe that seemed relatively simple and straightforward. My sister and I first tested out the technique out on Mother’s Day and were extremely impressed with the results and how easy it was.