Mr Fancy Cabbage Pants


The Koala enjoys cabbage boiled, I prefer it cooked quickly on high heat. We both eat cabbage either way. Sometimes, I tease The Koala about how white people smell like milk and cabbages. It’s not true. I love milk and cabbages just as much as the next girl, maybe even more than the next girl. We don’t smell like milk and cabbages (unless we’re immune to the smell).

Kale was fashionable in a big way, then came brussels sprouts. I think cauliflower tried to knuckle in (particularly with cauli rice and cauli crust pizza) but it’s time for the humble cabbage to make a comeback. Of all the brassicas, cabbage is the most affordable by weight. A dependable, good value vegetable. It’s time to get creative with cabbage.

Very Pinteresting

I kept seeing grilled cabbages on Pinterest. To be more precise, cabbage wedges with a special dressing. I browse Pinterest quite a lot and grilled cabbage food porn kept popping up as different bloggers posted variations of the recipe.

It came with glowing reviews like:

“I don’t really like cabbage, but I fixed this recipe and couldn’t believe how good it was! We threw some burgers on the grill and our dinner was complete. I never thought I’d skip dessert because I was full from eating too much cabbage!”

“This is an incredibly delicious recipe.”

“I made this dish tonight and broiled it in the oven. It was really good. I had to use dried cilantro and it was really good. When I first tasted the sauce, it was really tart, but on the cabbage it was great. Served with seared ahi and rice. Everyone agreed it was a keeper. Thanks for the great recipe. We don’t normally eat cabbage.”

“I keep coming back to the this recipe. It’s one of my favourites for parties (scalable and cheap), and converts non-cabbage eaters into happy cabbage consumers.”

I was intrigued. I had to try it out this Pinterest superstar.

We have a small, hardworking lemon tree so I used lemon instead of lime but if you have access to limes, please go right ahead!

The Koala hates coriander (cilantro) so I omitted it from the dressing and used fresh thyme instead. This must be true love because I adore coriander.


Recipe adapted from The Kitchn recipe here.

Grilled Cabbage Wedges with lemon thyme dressing

Serves 6-8 as a side dish


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (use soy for vegetarian version)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cabbage
  • Vegetable oil or bacon fat
  • Lemon wedges to serve


  1. Using a stick blender, blend the lemon juice, olive oil, fish sauce, chopped garlic, thyme, salt, cayenne and sugar until the dressing is blended.
  2. Wash cabbage and remove any loose outer leaves. Cut cabbage evenly into 8 wedges (in half, then in half again and again), keeping the stalk/stem in place as this keep the wedges from falling apart.
  3. Heat a little oil or bacon fat on a hot grill or heavy frying pan. Place wedges in 1 layer and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat. Flip and cook for a further 5 minutes. There should be some charring but the wedges should be a little firm in the middle and hold their shape well.
  4. Arrange cooked wedges on a plate and pour dressing over top and serve with extra lemon.


Verdict? Good. Smoky, sweet, sour and savoury. We ate the whole cabbage between two people (spread over a couple of meals). Still good reheated for  lunch the next day!

It’s BBQ season here in New Zealand and this would make a great side dish for any BBQ gathering. Just bring the cabbage wedges already cut up to throw on the grill and the dressing in a jar ready to drizzle on top once cooked. Your friends will think cabbages on the grill is weird until they have a taste. This dish would be suitable on the Christmas dinner table.

Variations to try:

  • Roasted or broiled instead of grilled
  • Different herbs
  • Addition of bacon bits
  • Use of purple cabbage or napa cabbage


our-growing-edge-badgeThis post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage bloggers to try new food related things.  Christine and Kath from Garden Eats are the hosts for this month’s event.

If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join. More information here.

Fragrances for Foodies

Was duty free shopping an all-ages field trip in your family?

As a kid, I spent a lot of time at duty free stores. My uncle worked in duty free and we always had family or friends going to or coming back from Hong Kong.

My sister, cousin and I spent hours browsing the displays, snacking on beef jerky or kiwifruit lolly samples, and reviewing all the perfumes. We collected all the paper test strips in our teeny-tiny handbags to enjoy later. We never noted the names of the perfumes and of course, the strips marinaded together in our bags and smelled sickly sweet, but it kept us amused.

Gourmand fragrances

I have always been always drawn to gourmand fragrances. A gourmand fragrance has notes like candy/fruit, honey, chocolate or vanilla and are also known as foodie fragrances. Gourmand fragrances appeared in the early ‘90s and were descendants of Oriental fragrances which were made with exotic notes from the Middle East and India. There are gourmand fragrances for both women and men.

Sugary sweet

The earliest ones I remember owning were Escada’s tropical vacation limited edition perfumes. I had a few of them. If you liked one Escada summer perfume, you probably liked them all. They released a different version each summer with cute packaging and colourful bottles. The range shared fruity tropical notes like coconut, guava, mango, pineapple, watermelon, green apple cranberry, lychee, passionfruit, lime, banana, black currant, peach and pear. They were tropical and delicious.

The next sweet gourmand perfume I had was Fantasy by Britney Spears and Elizabeth Arden. I can’t say I am/was a huge fan of Britney, but her perfume was delicious. With quince, kiwifruit, lychee, white chocolate, cupcake notes, it was a delicious dessert.

20 Foodie fragrances

10 years later, I still like gourmand perfumes, but I’m hoping to find one that doesn’t smell so young. I did a little research on fragrance notes and compiled a list of 20 gourmand scents and their top notes, middle notes and base notes. This list covers a range of brands from Yves Saint Laurent to Justin Bieber (yes, he has a perfume). I’ve even included a 3 men’s gourmand fragrances at the end of this list. This list does by no means represent all gourmand scents. It barely scratches the surface!

All of these scents can be found at Duty Free Stores and you can browse their entire range of fragrances here.


1. Honey, Marc Jacobs

  • TOP NOTES: pear, mandarin, punch
  • MIDDLE NOTES: honeysuckle, orange blossom, peach
  • BASE NOTES: honey, vanilla


2. Daisy Dream, Marc Jacobs

  • TOP NOTES: blackberry, grapefruit, pear
  • MIDDLE NOTES: jasmine, lychee, wisteria
  • BASE NOTES: coconut water, musk, white wood


3. Dot, Marc Jacobs

  • TOP NOTES: pitaya (dragon fruit), red berries, honeysuckle
  • MIDDLE NOTES: coconut, orange blossom, jasmine
  • BASE NOTES: musk, vanilla, driftwood, coconut water


4. Golden Delicious, DKNY

  • TOP NOTES: red apple, plum, African orange flower
  • MIDDLE NOTES: rose, lily of the valley, orchid, lily
  • BASE NOTES: teak, sandalwood, musk


5. Be Delicious, DKNY

  • TOP NOTES: grapefruit, cucumber, magnolia
  • MIDDLE: NOTES tuberose, rose, lily of the valley, violet, green apple
  • BASE NOTES: wood, amber, sandalwood


6. Untold, Elizabeth Arden

  • TOP NOTES: pink pepper, pear, ginger, bergamot
  • MID NOTES: Egyptian jasmine, rose water, French narcissus
  • BASE NOTES: Brazilian tonka, cashmere wood, Tahitian vanilla, bourbon, benzoin resinoid


7. Green Tea Honeysuckle, Elizabeth Arden

  • TOP NOTES: bergamot, lemon, green tea, tangerine and boysenberry
  • MIDDLE NOTES: honeysuckle, jasmine, green tea
  • BASE NOTES: peach, musk, birch and ambrette (musk mallow).


8. Viva la Juicy, Juicy Couture

  • TOP NOTES: wild berries, mandarin
  • MIDDLE NOTES: honeysuckle, gardenia, jasmine
  • BASE NOTES: amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, pralines


9. Black Opium, Yves Saint Laurent

  • TOP NOTES: pear, orange blossom, pink pepper
  • MIDDLE NOTES: coffee, jasmine
  • BASE NOTES: vanilla, patchouli, cedar


10. Jeu d’Amour, Kenzo

  • TOP NOTES: tea, mandarin, pomegranate
  • MIDDLE NOTES: tuberose, freesia
  • BASE NOTES: sandalwood, musk


11. La Vie Est Belle, Lancome

  • TOP NOTES: black currant, pear
  • MIDDLE NOTES: iris, jasmine, orange blossom
  • BASE NOTES: tonka bean, praline, patchouli, vanilla.


12. Signorina, Salvatore Ferragamo

  • TOP NOTES: pink pepper, red currant
  • MIDDLE NOTES: jasmine, rose, peony
  • BASE NOTES: musk, patchouli, panna cotta


13. Baby Doll, Yves Saint Laurent

  • TOP NOTES: blackcurrant, orange, apple, pineapple.
  • MIDDLE NOTES: rose, freesia, lily of the valley, heliotrope
  • BASE NOTES: cedar, sandalwood, tonka beans, vanilla


14. Someday, Justin Bieber

  • TOP NOTES: mandarin, pear, red berries
  • MIDDLE NOTES: jasmine, floral
  • BASE NOTES: musk, vanilla


15. Pleats Please 2013, Issey Miyake

  • TOP NOTES: violet macarons
  • MIDDLE NOTES: peony, sweet pea
  • BASE NOTES: patchouli, vanilla


16. Loverdose, Diesel

  • TOP NOTES: mandarin, star anise
  • MIDDLE NOTES: jasmine, gardenia, licorice
  • BASE NOTES: amber, vanilla, wood


17. Just Cavalli Gold for Her, Robert Cavalli

  • TOP NOTES: hazelnut, mandarin
  • MIDDLE NOTES: jasmine, marshmallow
  • BASE NOTES: leather, rosewood


18. Just Cavalli Gold for Him, Robert Cavalli

  • TOP NOTES: hazelnut, nutmeg, black pepper, cardamom
  • MIDDLE NOTES: coffee
  • BASE NOTES: leather


19. The One For Men, Dolce & Gabbana

  • TOP NOTES: grapefruit, coriander, basil
  • MIDDLE NOTES: ginger, orange blossom, cardamom
  • BASE NOTES: amber, cedar, tobacco


20. Spicebomb, Viktor & Rolf

  • TOP NOTES: bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, elemi
  • MIDDLE NOTES: saffron, cinnamon, pink pepper
  • BASE NOTES: vetiver, leather, tabacco



I’d love to know if you like gourmand fragrances and if you have any suggestions? I’m a sucker for a beautiful bottle but this doesn’t usually work out well for me.

This post was sponsored by Duty Free Stores but concept and pitch for article entirely my own. Notes on fragrances from, all images owned by their respective brands used here under the fair use act.

Monday Bunday: White Rabbit Gallery Christmas Card


Danling Xiao and Sceroz Chan are responsible for this Christmas card for White Rabbit Gallery.

I love how they have used blue and red rather than the traditional green and red combo.

I particularly like the rabbit having a lie down next to the table. Both The Koala and I like to do this when we’ve eaten a bit too much, although The Koala prefers face down and I prefer face up.

Danling is a print designer working out of Sydney, Australia but she has roots in Hong Kong, while Sceroz Chan is based in Hong Kong. Together they are The Flying Room, an online design store full of fun and whimsy. Graphic designing/illustrating Chinese girls that like whimsical stuff? Where do I sign up?

You can view this card and more of Danling Xiao’s work over on Cargo Collective here or even more work on her Behance page  here. You can view Sceroz Chan’s work over here on her Behance page.

What’s In My Bag?

A lady’s bag can be a scary place. Most guys I know wouldn’t dare look into a lady’s bag, preferring instead, to pass the bag to it’s owner for her to rummage through if he wants something from it.

My bag is a private space. I only let my closest friends poke through my bag and only with prior permission.


When I read about the “What’s In My Bag?” bloggers’ colab, my immediate thought was “Oh gawd, what IS in my bag?”. Funny enough, I have owned this bag for just over 24 hours. I haven’t had time to mess it up.

What’s In My Bag?

  • Bag Riot bag in red leather from Oh My Bag
  • Entertainment iPad 2 with Yoobao red leather case
  • Wallet Red leather wallet from Citta Design
  • Drawings and Ideas Notebook from Zomato
  • Camera Nikon DLSR
  • Phone Galaxy S4 mini with white flip case
  • Flash drive The Flash 8GB
  • Sunnies Alex Perry
  • Skin emergencies Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
  • Colour Lip and Cheek Stain from The Body Shop

It appears that I kinda like the colour red. OK, fine, I might have an obsession with the colour red.

Red Red Riot!….RIOT!

My $25 red canvas bag died a few weeks ago and on Thursday, I ordered a new bag from Oh My Bag.

Oh My Bag is a Christchurch-based online store that sells affordable leather bags in a carefully curated range of styles. They offer free shipping and are having a pre-Christmas sale: 20% off all stock. I couldn’t resist their Riot bag in red (also available in tan) at a bargain ($135.20NZ) so I treated myself to a Christmas present.

Riot bag in red from Left: strap down/handles up, Right: strap up/handles down.


My bag arrived the very next morning! I was super stoked. It is a great design, the perfect size for carrying all my stuff and such a beautiful colour. If you remember my lengthy post on leather bags, you might remember I’m CRAZY about pockets. This bag has seven pockets: 2 outer slip pockets with magnetic closure, 1 large outer zip pocket and 4 pockets inside the main compartment (2 slip, 2 zip). I haven’t figured out what I’m allocating all these pockets to yet, but I love the challenge.

I took my bag out for a walk this morning and couldn’t resist taking a peek every time I walked past a reflective surface. Nothing makes a girl feel more girly than a new bag :)


I’m excited to share this collaboration with bloggers from #brunchclub, a member’s only Facebook group of New Zealand bloggers. Jessica from J&J blog came up with the idea where we all post the contents of our bags at the same time, so if you like being nosey about what other people keep in their bags, be sure to check the links to other bloggers participating below.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of handbag voyeurism!

What’s In My Bag? participating bloggers:

Fruity Philanderer


Two months ago, The Honesty Box announced they would no longer be offering their home delivery service. The Honesty Box was my jams. We got their small fruit and vege box regularly, but they wanted to focus on their commercial service. Our little run was over. It was a little bit like, “It’s not you, it’s me”. Continue reading