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Theme 14: Hearty Cookbook Used: Delicious. More Please Author: Valli Little I bumped into a client on the street a few months ago, and she told me a friend had made her the deconstructed lasagne from Valli Little’s book for dinner, and it was absolutely amazing. We spent about 10 minutes talking about it, right

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Theme 13: Dessert Cookbook Used: Kitchen – Recipes from the Heart of the Home Author: Nigella Lawson My plan was to make Adam Liaw’s ant’s nest cake for this theme, but a craving for chocolate + peanut butter won, and I made this cake to take to Grandma’s house for dessert. I fell in love

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Theme 12: Spice Cookbook Used: Pressure Cooking Author: Australian Women’s Weekly My friend Miss A had been telling me numerous times about all the amazing things her mum had been whipping up in her pressure cooker. The sound of soup in 8 minutes had me thinking I should get a pressure cooker! And behold; Aldi

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Theme 11: Cup Cookbook Used: Modern Nonya Author: Sylvia Tan Mum brought home a small library of cookbooks recently from her trip to Malaysia. Instead of buying two of everything, she bought one each of a variety of books and we will share. They will be living at her place as I’m currently overflowing a

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Theme 10: Blue Cookbook Used: Bonne Maman – The Seasonal Cookbook Author: Bonne Maman Okay, so my genius oven burnt the cake, my photos of said burnt cake sucked…. I should have dusted the cake with icing sugar to make it look less burnt. So you will have to deal with Instagram photos. Remember what

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Theme 9: Crunchy Cookbook Used: Home Bake Author: Eric Lanlard This book has been sitting on the shelf ever I bought it (probably a few months at least); so when I was in need of a crunchy recipe, that would be a dessert to take to my Grandma’s for afternoon tea, I finally arrived at

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Theme 8: Eggs Cookbook Used: Eating Together Author: Australian Women’s Weekly I finally got struck down with man flu that has been lurking around, and have been feeling rather sad and sorry for myself lately. Have been resting, guzzling juice, and pretty much living under the doonah. Got Hamsley to do dinner a few nights

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Theme 7: Celebration Cookbook Used: Food We Love Author: Australian Women’s Weekly Fortnights are going too quickly and I’m overdue for the celebration theme. Who doesn’t think cake when they think celebration? I was however going to go with a French onion soup for something different, as my Mum would sometimes cook it when she

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Theme 6: American Cookbook Used: Nigella Express Author: Nigella Lawson I was so sure I’d be cooking from Jamie’s America or the New Orleans cookbook my aunty gave me. I was also certain I was going to be doing ribs, but bought spare ribs instead of rack ribs… doh. I was also running low on

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Theme 5: Outdoors Cookbook Used: Snowflakes and Schnapps Author: Jane Lawson Outdoors. A theme that stumped me. It’s not a complex theme, I flicked through picnic cookbooks and the like but wasn’t inspired by any of them. I tweeted what to do, and someone (I can’t remember who, sorry!) suggested I make s’mores. For you

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Theme 4: Love Cookbook Used: Chocolate A Love Story Author: Max Brenner & Artwork by Yonatan Factor Last year for TCC love theme I cooked Hamsley and I a Valentine’s meal, complete with love heart shaped pasta and cupcakes. This year I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to express my love for

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Theme 3: Rice / Noodles Cookbook Used: Fast, Fresh, Simple Author: Donna Hay I picked this recipe because the picture in the book looked amazing. Hamsley said it looked like a taco. (Mez, this is a time I would like to use the #ohHamish tag :P). This is the first recipe from Donna Hay’s new

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Theme 2: Citrus Cookbook Used: Kitchen – Recipes from the Heart of the Home Author: Nigella Lawson It’s only the second theme of the cookbook challenge and I’m already falling behind. Oh well, better late than never! This cake by Nigella is so good, even my temperamental oven did a good job! This cake is

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Theme 1: Stonefruit Cookbook Used: Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book Author: Ben R. Cohen and Jerry Greenfield The cookbook challenge is back! This time we are doing it fortnightly instead of weekly so we have a better chance of staying on track. It was great to end last year’s challenge with

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I survived the cookbook challenge. 52 weeks. 52 recipes. 52 different themes. I started off so well, but then it got to “insect” week. I had a few recipes flagged, it was going to be snail scrolls, but with the combination of moving out of home, and being terrible at catching up on missed challenges,

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Week 38 Theme: Spice Cookbook Used: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes Author: Martha Stewart Expect more baking recipes on this blog… I have ALOT of butter to get through. I picked this 1.5kg slab of butter up from a trip to Costco, but haven’t done anything with it. This recipe by Martha Stewart caught my eye. Having

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Week 36 Theme: Comfort Food Cookbook Used: Eating Together Author: Australian Women’s Weekly I was really feeling like nasi goreng this week. It’s not something I’ve had alot of. Mum would make fried rice when I lived at home, and of course it was delicious, but the picture in the cookbook for this nasi goreng

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 Week 39 Theme: TV Chefs Cookbook Used: Bill’s Basics Author: Bill Granger Bill Granger’s new book is out, and of course, being the cookbook addict that I am, I just had to purchase it. I have all of his other books and consult them quite regularly. The first recipe that caught my eye was this

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Week 42 Theme: Bird Cookbook Used: BBC Australian Good Food Magazine (September 2010) Author: BBC Mine doesn’t look that appetizing. It’s because I didn’t take the caramel to a deep amber colour. I was too afraid of it burning! It still tasted good though. When I think “caramel chicken”, my mind conjures up images of

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Week 40 Theme: Apple Cookbook Used: The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook Author: Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers This has all my favorites; apples, chocolate, nuts, butter and sugar. I was flicking through the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook at my local bookshop, when this recipe caught my eye. Like I always do, I went back to the

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Week 31 Theme: French Cookbook Used: The AWW Cooking School Author: Australian Women’s Weekly Ideally, I would like to try and cook something relevant for major celebratory international holiday; but it just never happens. I decided to embrace my inner French mademoiselle this year and cook up a coq au vin for Bastille Day. It

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Week 34 Theme: Soups Cookbook Used: Home Cooked Author: Australian Women’s Weekly It came to “insect” week in the cookbook challenge, and I was insane packing mode. I couldn’t find anything I wanted to make that wouldn’t take up too much time. Then it kinda all just fell apart from there. But spending a day

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 Week 26 Theme: Green Cookbook Used: Afternoon Tea Author: Australian Women’s Weekly Hope you like the new layout! Bare with me as I’m still tweaking it and getting it to out I want it. I thought I was stumped for green week. I had two soups as possible ideas but then remembered things like green

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Week 24 Theme: Chocolate Cookbook Used: Faking It Author: Valli Little For chocolate week, I could have just done a chocolate cake, souffle, mousse… anything sweet really. But I decided I’d go for something different again and do a savory dish. Teaming chocolate with chicken is definitely something I would not have thought to do,

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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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