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  • Cookbook Reviews
    Hope and Greenwood – Life is Sweet
    In this jolly little gem of a book, Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood offer 50 of their most delectable sweet recipes delights such as toffee and fudge, coconut ice, gums, jellies, nougat and perfect hand-made chocolates. Like the confectionery they sell in their shops, everything in the book will recommend the use of the best ingredients, including fresh cream, butter and natural vanilla, and never use artificial flavours. You will also be treated to a delicious array of sweet stories, historical anecdotes and scandal which are guaranteed to make you chuckle. Exquisitely designed and lavishly photographed, Life is Sweet will tap into the current nostalgia for the confectionery we remember from our childhood and allow us to indulge our sweet tooth to the full. The writing style - deliberately jolly hockey sticks with a huge dollop of innuendo actually made me laugh. Guiltily because I thought for a moment that I should be a bit more ‘grown up’, then realised I was being silly and to go with it. The recipe’s are serious enough for the rest of it to be light-hearted as it likes; the substance is there. Miss Hope explains her love for English Almond Butter Toffee: "Almond Butter Toffee is, without question, the George Clooney of toffees. If I was the last woman on earth and I had to choose between Clooney and his packet of English Almond Butter Toffee (and the existence of mankind depended on it). I'd definitely nibble his packet."
  • Asian Recipes
    Pho Bo – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
    There is a grace that permeates through every nook and cranny of my home when this pot is brewing in the kitchen. It is the thing that gives my body a sense of safety and nurture. It is the meal that I call home, and whenever I catch a whiff of the precious spices simmering along with the marrow bones, my neck instantly arches up and my nose points up into the air. "Yes, a fresh pot is brewing". An engaged and knowing smile crosses my heart and I know I must give in to the temptation to what Vietnamese call Phở. There must be some magical formula that causes the hard-working people of Vietnam to participate in the ritual of eating this morning, noon and night. It is too good to save for one time of the day, and if your cravings dictate when you eat, you too may find yourself huddling at a table, slurping away at the smooth as silk rice noodles first thing in the morning with your family. There is also the never ending search for the ultimate broth. No matter how unapologetically perfect one's broth has become... it could be better. Every chef or cook of a pho noodle house understands that no matter how good their broth is, they will never cease to make adjustments to find the ultimate, most succulent broth known to humans. Then there are the rumours, perhaps pedalled along by non-believers, accusing that the addictive nature of this dish…
  • Australian Recipes
    Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Chives – Curtis Stone
    In honour of Australia Day celebrations, here is a blog post about a wonderful Australian chef, Curtis Stone. Enjoy! Like many people who choose a voluptuous life in the food industry Curtis started his career studying for a degree in business. However, his hunger for food called louder than graphs and numbers, so, he packed his bags and jetted off to London. He made a name for himself in restaurants throughout Europe, Australia and England and his big break came when he was featured in the book London on a Plate. Curtis has appeared in many television programs. He appeared in two successful seasons of Surfing the Menu, along with fellow chef Ben O'Donoghue. He was also the host of the first series of My Restaurant Rules before being replaced by Ian "Dicko" Dickson. He has made several guest appearances on NBC's Today show and most recently appeared on Martha Strewart's show. Oprah Winfrey also invited him to cook on her show! Most notably he was heavily featured in the phenomonly successful Masterchef Australia and is now one of the faces of Coles. Recipe adapted from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis by Curtis Stone 6 large eggs 2/3 cup pure cream 1/4 cup fresh chives 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons butter 125g cream cheese, softened 125g sliced cold-smoked salmon 1/ Using a fork, mix the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl to blend. 2/ Melt the butter in a large heavy non-stick fying pan…