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…
  • Australian Recipes
    Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Chives – Curtis Stone
    In honour of Australia Day celebrations, here is a blog post about a wonderful Australian chef, Curtis Stone. Enjoy! Like many people who choose a voluptuous life in the food industry Curtis started his career studying for a degree in business. However, his hunger for food called louder than graphs and numbers, so, he packed his bags and jetted off to London. He made a name for himself in restaurants throughout Europe, Australia and England and his big break came when he was featured in the book London on a Plate. Curtis has appeared in many television programs. He appeared in two successful seasons of Surfing the Menu, along with fellow chef Ben O'Donoghue. He was also the host of the first series of My Restaurant Rules before being replaced by Ian "Dicko" Dickson. He has made several guest appearances on NBC's Today show and most recently appeared on Martha Strewart's show. Oprah Winfrey also invited him to cook on her show! Most notably he was heavily featured in the phenomonly successful Masterchef Australia and is now one of the faces of Coles. Recipe adapted from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis by Curtis Stone 6 large eggs 2/3 cup pure cream 1/4 cup fresh chives 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons butter 125g cream cheese, softened 125g sliced cold-smoked salmon 1/ Using a fork, mix the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl to blend. 2/ Melt the butter in a large heavy non-stick fying pan…