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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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Melbourne’s answer to Adriano Zumbo? I’ve not been to Zumbo in Sydney… YET. But I’ve seen enough to think when Zumbo finally opens in Melbourne he may just have a bit of competition. Lux Bite is a cute little cafe with gorgeous looking desserts with quirky names. The staff are extremely friendly, and their enthusiasm

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At the last cooking the books feast, I suggested a Nigella Lawson book, after we decided we didn’t want to do Bourke Street Bakery. Agnes flicked through a few of Nigella’s books that were in Cherrie’s collection, and we decided on her latest book, Kitchen. ALTHOUGH…. as I began to do this post, I noticed

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I feel like I’ve been starting a lot of blog posts with “I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to..” and this is no exception. I was lucky enough to score an invite to the Bulla Cream Masterclass with Bulla Cream ambassador and celebrity chef, George Calombaris. Last year, Bulla ran a competition that

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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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I must admit, I thought this book would just be like one of those other ones I’ve seen; country style cooking with waffly stories and recipes I’d never try. Hardie Grant the publishers offered to send me a copy, and boy was I glad they did. On closer inspection, Audrey Gordon is actually Heidi Arena,

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So I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I hardly dine out these days. Sad I know. I am saving some money now that I’ve cut back on dining out and cookbook purchases; however my list of places to go to and books to buy is getting bigger by the day. It was time I

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I know we are well past Christmas, but suck it up and deal with it. This post has lots of food porn. My close friends from high school and myself started a tradition of having a Christmas party a few years ago. I’ve usually taken charge with the food with help from everyone, especially Miss

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If you haven’t been following me on twitter, you might not know why my blogging streak ended. Wednesday night, Hamsley was washing the dishes, picked up a glass to wash; it slipped from his hands, smashed onto the side of the sink, and a shard of glass landed in his wrist. A call to triple

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WBC; could it be the World’s Best Cereal? It’s a big call to make, so my expectations were high. WBC The Real Cereal Company offers two varieties of super healthy cereals; Power Packed Cereal and Natural Juicy Cereal Bircher. I first had my encounter with bircher muesli around this time last year when I made

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So many types of salt… To most of us, salt is salt, and we think nothing more of it. It’s something we add to water when we cook pasta, we add it to add extra flavour, or it’s that thing on the table next to the pepper. There are so many different types of salt,

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For me, the only Indian food I would ever require is; a good butter chicken, perfectly cooked basmati rice and garlic naan. I guess I found this was so good, why bother trying anything else? I never thought any other dish lived up close to how good butter chicken was. However, Hamsley has recently voiced

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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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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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 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 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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If you haven’t heard me whinge on twitter about how worried I’ve been to try my oven, then hear me now! Our place has an oven that is probably older than I am; and older ovens don’t have the best reputation of cooking things well. You have to find the hot spots, and get to

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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 23 Theme: Leaf Cookbook Used: Marie Claire Fresh + Fast Author: Michele Cranston Thank Hamsley again this week for this recipe. He must have still been motivated from red week, he was looking through cookbooks for a leaf recipe. We originally were going to do caesar salad, but found this recipe in a book

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  I made you this cake to celebrate! Iron Chef Shellie turns 2 today! And because I am an absolute idiot…or the interweb/computer is, I lost the first draft of this post, and I’m having to type it for the 2nd time. It only seems fitting doesn’t it. *sigh* It doesn’t help that I’ve left

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Week 10 Theme: Cool Cookbook Used: Food We Love Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly No matter how many times I tell myself I’m never buying another Women’s Weekly cookbook… I buy at least two. I found this cookbook half price at a discount bookshop; had a quick flick, and knew there were many things I

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Week 2 Theme: Indian Cookbook Used: 1000 Best Ever Recipes from AWW & Faking It Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly & Valli Little Week 2 into the cookbook challenge, and the theme was Indian. I found a dessert I wanted to make, kulfi, but during the week I also found a main course I had

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Having recently started a new job, I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. So I scheduled baking time in my diary for Saturday morning. Having wanting to bake something from the new Donna Hay magazine, but finding I was missing at least 1 ingredient for every recipe I wanted to try, I thought I’d

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I finally made time to do some baking. It’s been a few weeks since I brought together the power of butter, sugar and flour to create something sweet and scrumptious. I bought the Gourmet Traveller chocolate cookbook from a bargain book store for $6 a while ago, back when I went trekking for my first

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This is hands down THE BEST cake I have ever made! I really wanted to make this because my friend Kiran is limited to what she can eat as she can only eat lactose free, wheat free, gluten free, things. This recipe was free from everything, except maybe the chocolate, but she didn’t have an

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