The Friday Five – Inspired by our travels



MGG and I are on a countdown as 5 weeks today we will be heading to Australia by way of Hong Kong, and we can’t wait. Neither of us have been to Australia, and I’m really excited about showing MGG my favourite parts of Hong Kong.

As usual, my best housesitters will be in residence, so wondering if I should leave them some appropriate cookbooks, or if that would just be rubbing salt into the wounds of not being on the trip. Well, on the offchance that it’s ok, then these would be on my list:


Dim Sum Small Bites Made Easy


Dim Sum: Small Bites Made Easy – I guarantee we will pack in a lot of dim sum during our two days in Hong Kong. I could happily live on dim sum during those two days, but have never attempted to make any at home. Maybe this would encourage me to give it a go. Though I’m still not sure I’d get the hang of the crimp on a Shanghai dumpling!


Easy Hong Kong Cooking


Easy Hong Kong Cooking at Home – I’ve not had a home cooked meal during my trips to Hong Kong, and I’m not entirely sure what would characterise Hong Kong cooking. Like in most major cities I’ve eaten many cuisines whilst I’ve been in the city, but never quite known what people cook at home. So this book has me quite intrigued!


bills sydney food


Bill’s Sydney Food – so, in my imagination, all Australian’s live like Bill Granger. Not to mention eat like his recipe books read. I love his books, and I know it’s summer when I reach for them. I’m thinking that even if I don’t get to eat at one of his places in Australia then maybe I’ll treat myself to this book as a lovely reminder of hopefully great meals we will have had.


the cook's companion


The Cook’s Companion – I’m told that Stephanie Alexander’s book is considered a must have in Aussie kitchens, so could be a good addition. I like some of her later books, which reflect the work she’s gone on to do in education around kitchen gardens, so definitely think it’s worth a look.




Quay: Food Inspired by Nature – I don’t imagine that we’ll be eating at Quay (although guess we could press our noses against the window) but Peter Gilmore is definitely one of Sydney’s poster boys on the restaurant front. I have featured it before when I wrote about my five Wizards of Oz, never imagining that 3 years later I’d be going past his front door. Still love the look of it as a book though.

We are so excited about this trip, and look forward to sharing stories when we get back. In the meantime, if anyone has any hints, tips or recommendations for Sydney, Alice Springs or Port Douglas then would love to hear from you!

Photo by Ankur Gulati on Flickr.


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Helen Tarver

Collector of great gifts and fabulous food, mum, cake baker & eater, wine opener. I write about food and the gift of it in its many forms.

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