Cookbookmaniac
  • 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…
  • Asian Recipes
    Indian-style Salmon Curry with Tomato & Lime – Bill Granger
    Buying herbs. I am a wannabe frugal foodie. It frustrates me when I approach the herb section of the greengrocer to find that bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, sage, basil and parsley are packed in amounts that will never see full use in my kitchen. Fresh bay leaves are often sold in quantities of 20 but a recipe will only specify the use of two or three. I often only use parsley as a garnish for most of my dishes, but it is only sold in bunches. I am fraught with worry as to how I can best utilise these herbs before they deteriorate past being edible. I have dreamed of having my own potted garden, perhaps a very cute one that hangs outside my kitchen window. It would excite my poor little heart to simply open a window and pick off the necessary leaves. It would not only be a lot cheaper but less wasteful. It all came to a head when I was making this Indian-style Salmon Curry. The recipe called for 10-15 curry leaves. I have never cooked with curry leaves before and researched for substitutes as my local vegetable grocer only sold them in large bags of approximately 4 handfuls. I decided to use them and not a substitute to maintain the integrity of the recipe. However, after I had picked off the leaves that I needed, the bag still appeared like it had been untouched. What am I to do? Please help me my dearest reader,…