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  • Tomato and Ricotta Tortellini with Basil by Pete Evans – How to wrap the perfect tortellini
    Cheap Eats Recipes
    Tomato and Ricotta Tortellini with Basil by Pete Evans – How to wrap the perfect tortellini
    Friends are precious commodities that cannot be priced nor taken for granted. They are there for us when we need them and although we lose some along this life journey, there are some that are made to stay. The most confronting part of friends is their ability to tell the truth about ourselves with the best intentions. Whilst food blog surfing, I landed at Sasasunakku's blog post called My Superpower and Raspberry Loaf. She eloquently writes about a book "All my friends have superpowers." Reading this post revealed two truths about me. [1] I am a jack of all trades and master of none. I completed my diploma in photography over 10 years ago, but never made anything out of it. I excel at my boring administrative job, but have not progressed past this position in over 5 years. I am aimless in my intentions to blog. I am not a great cook, writer or photographer. I blog... just to blog. [2] I am The Chip. I have a chip on my shoulder that weighs me down. It holds me back from the things that I could be and causes me to regret the things that I have done. The only person that I have to blame is me. Wholely and solely. I can shake it somedays but on other days it is heavier than a boulder. One day, maybe one day, I’ll have enough heart, soul and might to make it vanish into thin air… one day. Thank you…
  • Curried Butternut Squash Soup by Ellie Krieger
    Asian Recipes
    Curried Butternut Squash Soup by Ellie Krieger
    It was not long ago when I first made this soup. If you follow me on facebook you would recall a status update that read something like "ARGH!!!" I had the hardest time peeling the skin off the butternut squash. I used almost every sharp utensil in the kitchen to skin the bastard and I barely scratched the surface. I even beckoned Pizzaboy for help. We stood at the kitchen bench for almost an hour trying to cut away the tough outer layer and chop the flesh. Although the soup tasted very nice - albeit thin because i had cut quite a bit of flesh away with the skin and ended up with less than what the recipe called for - I declared I would never do it again. I told my mother about our ordeal and she let out a chuckle. "You are silly. You did not boil the squash for 10 minutes first to soften it?" "No." "Next time boil it. Let it cool and then cut it." Now that the weather has dropped considerably and I've been kept captive in the house due to excessive rain in Sydney. I caved in and decided to give this another go. I followed mum's instructions and it worked a dream. The skin peeled away with a normal peeler and I didn't need to summon the boy for help. Lesson to be learned - Mother knows best. Recipe adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola…
  • Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson
    Baking Recipes
    Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson
    I love corner shops, they have always been there for me. I could always count on them to have enough lollies, chips and ice cream to make me grin like a spoilt child. They were perfect for the after school snack of pies and sausage rolls in my teenage years. They were the place to get the newspaper and magazine for the bus/train ride to work as a young adult. I also love the corner shop because whenever I have a craving and want to make something simple and quick... I can simply duck over to the little shop around the corner. No need to start the engine of the car. No need to dress nicely. Sure its much more expensive, but the convenience is far more important when you just want a homemade chocolate cookie fix. The corner shop became my hero when I decided to pull this together from out of nowhere. I had all the ingredients in the pantry, except the cream and pears. They had everything that I needed and this pudding was whipped up in no time at all. Recipe taken from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson Ingredients for pudding 800g canned pear halves in juice 125g plain flour 25g cocoa powder 125g caster sugar 150g unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/ Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and grease a 22cm square or round ovenproof dish. 2/ Drain the pears and…