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Strawberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta – Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

October 21, 2010
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Strawberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta – Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

After an Italian evening of antipasto and pizzas, I have wanted to have an Italian dessert ready for when the sugar rush was needed. I had a look through a few of my cookbooks and was mostly looking for something quite easy but still tied in with the rest of the evening, and along came Donna Hay. I love Donna’s cookbooks! Her food styling is amazing and she makes something so simple look spectacular. Donna’s original recipe was for peaches but I had none handy so I ended up with strawberries instead and I think it actually worked a lot better for me as I could live without peaches. I also used the freezer instead of setting it in the fridge overnight as I was running out of time and decided to do it about an hour before everyone arrived. For a first attempt at panna cotta, I’m actually...

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The Complete Book of Modern Asian

September 19, 2010
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The Complete Book of Modern Asian

Excited about the huge slab of pork belly in my freezer, I went in search of a recipe that would showcase the meat without complicating it too much. We had friends over Sunday afternoon and rather than spend the day in the kitchen, I wanted to spend time with them. This recipe was perfect for that. I put it in just as they got there, then pretty much let it do its thing then when it was almost ready, do up the veg. Compliments all round for the dish and the skin was crisp crackly perfection Crisp Five-Spice Salt Pork Belly with Grilled Asian Vegetables Pork Belly ingredients 1kg piece boned belly pork, skin on 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 tsp five-spice powder 1 tbs peanut oil 1/4 cup (60ml) light soy sauce 1 small fresh red chilli Method I didnt have fine sea salt so I...

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Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay

September 7, 2010
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Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay

Ahhh Sundays. A favourite of the cooks who love nothing more than to have a relaxing day baking until their hearts content. However, a loathed day it can also be, as those enjoying the fruits of their labour realise that Monday morning is but a few hours away. A recent trip to a wholesale butchers left Stud and I with a slab of scotch fillet that has burnt a whole in my pocket since the purchase. Sunday was the day! I decided to cook something hearty for my Scottish Stud and thought who better to assist me that Mr Ramsay himself? I had actually cooked this recipe before but used pork fillet instead for a bit of a change. This time I decided to switch it up by doing individual Wellingtons instead of the one big one. Ingredients 400g flat cap mushrooms, roughly chopped (I used 250g but probably...

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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

August 17, 2010
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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

One of my girlfriends came over recently for a girlie catch up as she had just got back from overseas. I was excited to see her and excited to cook for her but didn’t want to have to spend ages in the kitchen for dessert. So I made this tiramisu a few hours before and let it set in the fridge while we gossiped for hours. It was so simple and tasted fab, and was only 217 calories! Ingredients 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau (I didn’t actually use the liqueur as I didn’t have any at home so I flavoured the coffee with a little vanilla bean paste) 120ml strong black coffee 20g Maya Gold chocolate (Green & Blacks) 2 large eggs, separated 40g caster sugar 200g light cream cheese 150g 2% fat Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, plus extra to dust 12...

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Every Day by Bill Granger

August 4, 2010
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Every Day by Bill Granger

Oven Baked Chicken & Asparagus Risotto A lazy Sunday night dinner called for Bill Granger. His meals are so simple yet packed with flavour. I would really suggest everyone – even those culinary challenged – try this recipe as you just chop, fry, and bake. All in the one heavy based pan. Done! Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil 500g chicken breast cut into thin strips 1 finely chopped onion 1 garlic clove crushed 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest 250g arborio rice 750ml chicken stock 175g asparagus sliced diagonally 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, extra to serve Salt and pepper to season Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat half the olive oil in a large flameproof casserole dish on a high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden. Remove and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to the casserole and cook onion until soft. Add the garlic and lemon zest and...

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New Year Recipe Resolution

August 4, 2010
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Hi my name is Nic, and I’m a cookbookaholic. Many moons ago I would rather starve than eat anything remotely exotic. These days I try and go for things on a menu that I haven’t tasted and find rather intriguing. My journey started January 1st when I made it my New Years resolution to cook at least one recipe from my ever-growing cookbook population. As of this morning, my recipe resolution tally stand at one. I know what you’re thinking – yes, yes, it’s July. Go easy on me; I’ve been working my way up to it. It also makes it quite a hard resolution to follow through on when I keep buying more books. I really do have a problem. At this rate our next house will need a library! Ooooh a library would be awesome! Must tell stud.

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Operation Recipe Cull

August 3, 2010
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Not only do I have a cookbook fetish, I am also slightly addicted (ok slightly might be an understatement – I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and cant wait until the beginning of the month when I can get more MoRe MORE!!!) to recipe magazines. I had taken over majority of our old bookcase with magazine holders galore and needless to say Stud was getting a little over it. Commence “Operation Recipe Cull” (ORC)!! ORC began about a year ago and entails me going through every magazine I own, slicing out the ones I will actually use (or just look really tasty) and putting them all in A4 binders. I have grouped all of them by type (entree, veggie, pasta/pizza, beef, chicken, you get my drift) and have reduced my obsession to only 4 folders. I started with one folder so I guess this is another bookcase take-over but at...

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