Cookbookmaniac
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
    Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
    American Recipes

    It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy re-designing my blog layout and house-hunting. Both tasks are proving to be a big challenge, but I will soldier on and not give up. I am too determined to have the blog layout of my dreams and a humble abode. One thing is for sure I have a bad habit of diving into the deep end of things without a crash helmet. There are some important lessons that I have learnt: Firstly, patience and understanding is a virtue. My poor sister has to put up with my nonsense explanations, multiple emails, random phone calls and constant questions. She really is a gem for doing this probono. Secondly, don't listen to anyone (except your mortgage broker) when it comes to advice about home loans and real estate. It is currently an unstable/unpredictable economic climate where legislation and laws change almost…

  • Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
    Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
    European Recipes

    "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…

  • Tomato and Ricotta Tortellini with Basil by Pete Evans – How to wrap the perfect tortellini
    Tomato and Ricotta Tortellini with Basil by Pete Evans – How to wrap the perfect tortellini
    Cheap Eats Recipes

    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…