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I had been to Chilipadi a few times many years ago. I think the last time we went as a group we weren’t that impressed and we never ended up going again. It was a shame because the atmosphere was great. But as that was many years ago, way before I had a food blog,

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Well, what a weekend. Lisa asked me if I wanted to team up and recreate Heston’s perfect baked Alaska. I’m not sure what sparked it, but I think it was the baked Alaska on Masterchef and many tweets, that prompted it. And if that wasn’t enough, we decided we would also attempt Heston’s perfect burger

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This post would have been up earlier this week, but I’ve been watching Go Back To Where You Came from on SBS after dinner, and it’s what reality TV is meant to be. I’ve been left feeling a little jilted after watching, and not been able to really concentrate on much else. Did you watch

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So blogging in sequence, the third stop on the 12 hour eatathon was Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate. This is where I met up with Thanh, and we spent about half an hour tasting ALL the wine…. yup, that’s right; EVERY SINGLE WINE, including one that wasn’t even on the list! So, even though

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Cherrie recently dubbed me the meatball queen, to which I am honored to hold such a title 😛 I have made meatballs for every Cooking The Books we have done (wontons count as meatballs, they are meatballs wrapped in wonton skin!). I haven’t really made that many meatball recipes at home this year though, and

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Remember Marion from Masterchef series 2? For a while there, we all thought she would win the cooking competition, but it came down to a satay sauce…. a sauce that sent her home.  Thankfully she has worked on her satay sauce techniques and launched her new range of easy to cook at home Thai food

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I was a bad citizen of the world this year, and totally forgot when Cinco De Mayo was. Last year was the first year I found out about it, and demanded we celebrate with tacos; even if they were the very non-Mexican Old El Paso crunchy vareity. Had I have remembered, I would have made

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Bet you’re thinking I’ve gone and put the wrong picture on this post… I’m meant to be blabbing on about pecans and here is a picture of a burger with wedges…. right? I’ll be honest, pecans never used to be a nut I was interested in. I was a pistachio, peanut, cashew kinda gal. But

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Still channeling my inner Nigella, it was time for some steak! Whilst wracking my brains thinking of what to serve with the steak, I remembered seeing her recipes for rapid roastini on a different show to the steak and had to find the recipe; even though I knew it was basically pan fried gnocchi. I

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This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. This post will be short and sweet; just like making my favourite beef salad. Despite my love of blogging, it’s been a long day, and well I want to do other stuff too, like save the world in Little Big Planet, bake, or even watch grass grow. This applies

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Lots to blog, so little time. And November will be month of the pot luck lunches with the Cookbook Challenge coming to an end; we are having a gathering to celebrate the last theme, and the next Cooking the Books feast scheduled. Not forgetting Celeste’s Malaysian Hawker Feast to come in December, and a few

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It started with a tweet. It started with a tweet of mine: “good news – I didn’t buy a cookbook today. bad news – 1 bought 3 instead. is there a cookbooks anonymous I can join?” (Don’t worry Mum, they were all well below retail price, and my savings are going well!) The good thing

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Another simple, tasty meal, that you can whip up after a day slaving away in your cubicle. It will no doubt wow everyone at the dinner table, just like it did at mine. I don’t work in a cubicle, but the confines of walls on such sunny spring days make it seem like a cubicle.

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So I’ve got a collection of growing pre-made sauces I’ve collected from show bags at various food and wine festivals. I don’t usually like to use them as I prefer to make things myself, that why I can flavour them to my liking, and more importantly, I know what it’s the sauce. So on a

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The frequent readers of this blog are aware of 3 things I ❤; chocolate, ribs and meatballs. I have been starting to sort through my cookbooks as I meal plan what we are going to eat for the week. I have come across MANY meatball recipes that stop me in my tracks. I was even

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Woot! I’m back baby! Picked up my laptop from the apple store today after hearing good news from Genius Simon that it was back up and running. I’ve been trying a whole lot of recipes from the Masterchef website. Not always the ones they feature on the show, but also the ones the sponsors put

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Week 22 Theme: Red Cookbook Used: Margaret Fulton’s Kitchen Author: Margaret Fulton This week’s cookbook challenge almost didn’t happen. Hamsley and I have been busy looking at places to live, and buying stuff for the move. This week was full of pushy real estate agents and it all became very draining; I just wasn’t in

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Week 17 Theme: Vietnamese Cookbook Used: The Complete Book of Modern Asian Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly   March has been a crazy month, hence the lack of blog posts. It all seems to be happening, and because I’m designing and producing alot of things for the Grand Prix which is at the end of

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Week 9 Theme: Berry Cookbook Used: Delicious – Quick Smart Cook Author: Valli Little   I know I’m meant to be using a variety of my cookbooks for the cookbook challenge… but I seem to have used this particular book about 3 times now or so. It’s not my fault there are so many delicious

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With the lead up to Christmas, life has been extra crazy! I woke up extra early today for some reason, and with time to kill before work, I thought I’d do a quick post. We made these pies last weekend for dinner from Donna Hay’s; No Time To Cook, cookbook. They were fairly simple to

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It’s another meatball curry! I ❤ meatballs. I ❤ curry. I found another recipe to combine the two, and this time it has a Thai twist. So simple to make, so tasty. I amazed myself with how delicious these were. It just proves, you don’t need to have pasta in a napoli sauce to enjoy

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You know a place is worthy of trying if Matt Preston has eaten there before. Katie and I decided it was time we caught up on all the gossip with each, other over some pho. I asked Katie to choose the place as I was flat out and suffering from man flu; thus affecting my

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For those of us following Masterchef in Australia, you would have been familiar with the “Guess the ingredients in the bolognaise” challenge where the vegetarian cook cried because she didn’t want to have to taste it to guess what was in it. There were 17 ingredients they had to guess, by both smelling and tasting

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I LOVE my pasta. Hence why my waistline isn’t what I’d like it to be, but as my aunty once said “I’m here for a good time, not a long time”, so I’ll enjoy my pasta and then go work some of it off at the gym. So it’s no surprise I wanted to try

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I’ve been craving Mexican food a lot lately. I’m not sure why, but it’s always such great comfort food. And since someone smashed into the side of my car just the other day, I was in need a good dose of comfort food. I found this recipe and it looked like a Mexican lasagne. It

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