Cookbookmaniac
  • Beef Bourguignon
    European Recipes
    Beef Bourguignon
    One personality flaw that I admit to without any hint of shame is that my eyes are bigger than my tummy (I think I am safe admitting it here). I almost always order more food than I can stomach and therefore doggy-bags are a common occurrence when dining out. I cannot be trusted without a measuring spoon as eye-balling ingredients will always lead to too much salt, spice and all things nice. I am also guilty of going to the supermarket for milk and bread and coming back with an entire trolley full of goodies. I almost eat an entire meal whilst "taste-testing" whatever is on the stove-top and always get caught red-handed because I am constantly hovering over the pot with a spoon. This is what happened when I was making this delicious Beef Bourguignon. I instantly blamed the recipe for smelling so good that I couldn't resist the urge. I wasn't going to blog about this stew because it has been blogged a million times before, but this recipe was out-of-this-world delicious. I also appreciated the fact that it is a short-cut version to the real thing but it is still big in terms flavour. Beef Bourguignon Recipe adapted from Meat by Adrian Richardson 1kg beef blade, cut into 2cm cubes salt and pepper olive oil 150g smoky bacon, cut into 2cm cubes 100g unsalted butter 10 shallots, chopped 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 medium carrot, finely diced 200g button mushrooms, halved if they're large 1 tablespoon…
  • Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
    European Recipes
    Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
    "Oh my goodness. You have so many cookbooks. Do you cook from them all?" This is the question asked by most people who are perplexed by the size of my collection. In fact the IKEA shelf that I purchased specifically to house them is now full and there are books overflowing onto the floor. Most of the books that end up on the floor are far too obese for the lean wooden shelves (Ripailles - yes, I am talking about you). Quite often I purchase a cookbook for its potential. This is the possibility of creating something that will satisfy my greedy appetite. If I only get one 'great recipe' out of a cookbook, then I consider it worth its value, at the very least. I recently purchased Ottolenghi - The Cookbook and was flabbergasted by the quality and diversity of the recipes. I could not flick pass one page without cooing, pointing or bookmarking it. Every recipe is filled with vibrant ingredient combinations that are not only healthy, but delicious. The other thing that astounded me was that the ingredients used in the book can be accessible (in my opinion). I could not settle on a recipe, so I randomly flicked open a page in the salad section and landed on the Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt. I did the same for the Meat and Fish section and got the Roast chicken with Sumac, Za'atar and Lemon. Both recipes turned out fantastic. It is cookbooks like this that puts…
  • 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…