Cookbookmaniac
  • Cheap Eats Recipes
    Mushroom Risotto from Valvona & Crolla by Mary Contini
    Cutting corners. If you have read my previous post about patience you'll know that I have very little of it... except when it comes to cooking. I will not tolerate waiting in line for a sandwich but I can stand over a pot and stir a risotto for ages. There is something about the stirring that brings me joy and comfort. However, time is not the kind of corner that I am writing about. It's the expense of ingredients. I try my best to stay faithful to a recipe when I am cooking. However, I am not opposed to substituting, adding or eliminating ingredients if I find them unnecessary, difficult to find, or ridiculously expensive. My jaw nearly hit the floor when I approached the cheese counter at the local delicatessen only to find that the fontina cheese that this recipe called for was $65.99 per kilogram. Good golly! Although the recipe only asks for 100g making the purchase $6.59, I could not bring my self to spend so much when this was merely for a weekday dinner. I had a block of parmesan cheese in the fridge at home and decided to stick with that. The recipe also called for 3 tablespoons of parsley. I do not have the luck of having a pot of parsley growing on my window sill... maybe one day I will. The parsley was $2.98 a bunch at the local greengrocer and I consider it wasteful to purchase a large bunch only to use…
  • Baking Recipes
    Hot Cross Buns by Nigella Lawson – Happy Easter!
    House hunting. Patience is not a virtue of mine. If things aren't happening fast enough, a little voice inside my head starts panicking. I go into anxiety mode and either drop the whole thing altogether or scramble to try harder to get what I want. Looking for a house to buy has taught me a lot about patience. Pizzaboy and I have been house hunting for over a year now and it has tested me so me many times. Real estate agents, property prices and home loans have cluttered much of our conversations with friends and family since our venture into lifetime debt. I knew from the beginning it wouldn't be easy. We don't have all the money in the world to get what we want, and beggars can't be choosers... but we want a beautiful home, a gorgeous kitchen, a cool bathroom, a relaxing lounge room. So many things to compromise and too few places to choose from. It will happen soon... I have to be hopeful, otherwise I'll just burst into tears. Living apart becomes more and more difficult as everyday passes. The smell of bread baking in the oven often evokes home for many people. I wished I made these beautiful Hot Cross buns in my own house. Then I could have invited my niece and nephews over for an Easter Egg Hunt and a picnic of Hot Cross Buns and chocolate. I shouldn't participate in self-pity, it isn't healthy for me. Recipe adapted from Feast by…
  • Cheap Eats Recipes
    Doughnut French Toast by Nigella Lawson
    Midnight munchies. Has there been any research into whether midnight owl syndrome is genetically hereditary? It seems that everyone in my family, with the exception of my dear father, are at their most active when the sun has set and clock hands are hitting the 12. There use to be all 6 girls living under one roof. Imagine this... One sister has gone downstairs to make herself a sandwich, she opens the fridge and another one hears the gush of the door. She also heads downstairs and starts cooking some instant noodles. Another sister is on her way to the bathroom and the scent of the instant noodles is dancing in the air, she heads downstairs and re-heats last nights dinner. Another sister hears the beeping of the microwave and decides to have breakfast for supper, so she fries up some eggs and bacon. I wonder what all the murmuring is about and head downstairs to find the kitchen in full swing, I pop some bread slices in the toaster and slather it with jam. Bunnifar creeps into the kitchen. "What are you guys doing?" "Whaddya think we're doing?" "Ooh, can one of you make something for me?" "Make it yourself!" We all say at the same time. "Oh please, I'll either burn my hand or burn the kitchen down." "Whaddya want?" "Dunno..." "BE QUIET!" My father yells from his bedroom. It's a bad case of the midnight munchies. I recall watching some current affairs story not too long ago…