Cookbookmaniac
  • American Recipes
    Wagyu Rump Steak with Parsley & Chive Butter
    Salt before you cook "I always salt my meat liberally just before I cook it. Forget the dire warnings that salt will draw out the juices from your meat and leave it dry and tough. This is nonsense. Salting before you cook is not only essential to bring out the intrinsic flavour of your meat, but it also actually helps brown it." - by Adrian Richardson Recipe for steak adapted from Meat by Adrian Richardson Recipe for Parsley & Chive Butter is an original recipe by cookbookmaniac.com 2 x 400g Wagyu Rump Steak Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 2 teaspoons Maldon Sea Salt, more if needed 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, more if needed Parsley & Chive Butter 125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 2 teaspoons dried parsley 2 teaspoons dried chives 1 teaspoon Maldon Sea Salt 1/ Take the butter out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. When it is soft add the dried parsley, dried chives and sea salt. Mix well, and put it back in the fridge for later use. 2/ Remove the steak from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you are ready to cook it. 3/ Rub the steak lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. 4/ Cook the steak over medium heat for 3 minutes, then turn and cook for another 3 minutes. Turn again, this time at a 180-degree angle, and cook for another 2 minutes. Turn a final time and cook for another 2 minutes. The…
  • Asian Recipes
    Fortune Cookies – Happy Chinese New Year!!
    Gung Hei Fat Choi!! Happy Chinese New Year!! I absolutely love this time of year. It's my version of Christmas. The streets are decorated with red and gold signs, lanterns and flowers. They are also full of people lining up to watch the parade of lion dancing, firecrackers, and talented musicians smashing away on huge drums and gongs. Everyone is so happy and giving, wishing you good fortune for the new year to come. Isn't it wonderful! My huge family always gathers together for a feast and silent prayer. Don't get me wrong, I am not religious but I feel a quiet grace when I thank my ancestors and the deities that be, for the good fortune that I have presently and for the many that I will receive in the future. It is humbling and I feel very grateful. I decided to make fortune cookies for my Chinese New Year theme blog post. Like a diligent little elf, I made sure I did my research before I started. Double-checking that I had the right recipe and information. It was to my utter devastation that I found out, Fortune Cookies are not traditionally Chinese. They were concocted by some Asian cook in an American kitchen. It felt like someone has just told me Santa Claus doesn't exist. So I threw the idea away and started looking for something else. But when the time came to make something, the Fortune Cookie idea wouldn't leave me. So, what if it isn't traditional?…
  • Cheap Eats Recipes
    Lamb Chops stuffed with Feta Cheese
    I own so many cookbooks. I think the floor under the shelf is bending from the weight of it. There are thousands of recipes sitting inside these gems calling out to me. "Make me, try me, love me". You see, one of the main reasons why I started this blog was because I felt I wasn't cooking from them enough, (and food blogging is a fantastic hobby). I find that there are many, many recipes that I have never heard of, nor ever eaten. I am too much of an adventurous eater to just stick to one type of cuisine and not try anything else. There is no better comfort of knowing that I have the freedom to choose a recipe based on the whim of whatever I am craving, from wherever it is from in the world. Whether it be digging my fork into a tomatoey eggplant that is oozing mozzarella, or, slurping and sweating over a bowl of pho. There is also a deep warm satisfaction when I watch Pizzaboy rushing into kitchen to grab his share of whatever I have concocted in the kitchen. Sometimes it doesn't work out. That is when the shit hits the fan and I smack my fist into my failed creation. All that time, energy and food wasted because I was not able to either follow the recipe or mothernature decided to watch me throw a tantrum. I feel lucky I have a partner who will eat my food no matter how…