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Sydney - 13 Days

Mr Crackles is delicious! The Crackles Classic is definitely the way to go if you're getting a roll (in my humble opinion). It's got very limited seating though (as in, a bench along the wall with some stools) so you may want to take your lunch away and go for a stroll down towards Hyde Park. Just an idea!

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I discovered booko.com.au a while ago and it's been wonderful! I never buy a book without checking from there first.

Thanks for the tip about Bookworld :)

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

A 'cooking from' thread for Bill's Everyday Asian would be great, LLM! I also have his book but haven't tried anything yet. If you start one I'll do my best to participate (even though this year promises to be a crazy one…)

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I have just purchased Gran Cocina Latina in the hope that I will have some time to participate in my very first COTM. That should be available for pickup in the next few days…

Also on their way are Fish Without a Doubt and Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.

I have a very full online shopping cart at bookworld.com.au (our equivalent to Borders) but am waiting for my next pay before I hit 'purchase'.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Thanks for the fantastic review, dk. I skipped over AOC many times when it was recommended by amazon - now I'm glad to know what a great book I am missing out on! I think, for me, that will be a purchase for the new year :)

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

No, never! They generally ship as books become available (so usually around 1-2 books per shipment) and they pack them really well. I've had pretty good luck buying online, the only time a brand new book arrived in less than perfect condition was when I ordered off amazon UK (twice!).

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

I just had a look... That Roast Chicken Pho looks delicious! I think I'm going to have the Stir Fried Chicken with Cashews and Broccoli for dinner tonight. Will also report on the Nigel Slater thread :)

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Naughty November is catching up to me... Also just arrived here today are:

Hoosier Mama Book of Pie
Vietnamese Home Cooking - Charles Phan
Into the Vietnamese Kitchen - Andrea Nguyen
Pok Pok
The Hakka Cookbook

First flip through honours went to Hoosier Mama. I didn't really grow up with sweet pies (except for apple), so I'm excited to try a few from this book. Now, decisions decisions on what to read next....

What Christmas food gift can I make that will fit into coffee mugs?

Caramel popcorn and/or roasted nuts would be nice too and could look nice in decorative bags.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Ordered in November but have arrived here in the last few days:

Susan Feniger's Street Food
Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy
Eat - The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater
Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen

Haven't had a chance to even look through these yet (bar a quick flip through Chewy, Gooey) because work has been so busy. Looking forward to some free time around Christmas to indulge!

And recently ordered:
trEATs: Delicious food gifts to make at home
Sweet Things: Chocolate, Candies, Caramels & Marshmallows - to Make & Give
Rose's Christmas Cookies

Hoping these will provide some inspiration for the Christmas goodie bags we have started doing instead of bon-bons at our house :)

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

I buy from book depository frequently - it usually ends up being cheaper for me in Aus because I don't have to pay for shipping. I know this great site, booko.com.au (US equivalent is www.booko.us), where you type in the title of the book you are searching for and it compares new and used titles across a range of online sellers. It usually factors shipping in, too. Helpful resource if you hadn't already heard of it!

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Eat just arrived here, too! I haven't had the chance to look through either - work and Christmas shopping is taking up a lot of time right now. I'd love to hear if you try anything from the book.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Honkman, have you had a chance to flip through (or even try recipes from) Maximum Flavour? I saw it was featured in Serious Eats 'cook the book' and am very tempted.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

That's so good to hear, Gio. I've got four Slater books on my shelves now (Tender I & II, KD II and Real Cooking). I love his writing - and cooking! BF's favourite dish is one from Real Cooking - a lemongrass/ginger/chilli sticky chicken dish. Always excited for a new Nigel Slater :)

Nov 19, 2013
monbakes_downunder in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I will report back when I get around to it, westminstress. Can't be sure when that will be as they are both shipping from the US.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I went a bit crazy (I think it was post-exam induced euphoria... Yep, we'll go with that excuse).

On their way to me in the next few days will be:

Vietnamese Home Cooking - Charles Phan
The Bread Baker's Apprentice - Peter Reinhart (I've been really wanting to have a go at making my own bread and this seemed a good starting point)
Pok Pok
The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food From Around The World

And a couple of Nigel Slater's, including his new one:
Eat - The Little Book Of Fast Food
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year In The Kitchen

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Momofuku Milk Bar just arrived here, too. You're right it is very different to the baking books I'm used to, but I'm excited to try quite a few of the recipes. Exams are all over for the year now, so hopefully I'll get some time to play with my new book soon!

What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

I had a huge craving for some comfort food, so it was home made mac and cheese with a crispy breadcrumb and bacon topping. So delicious. I was so hungry I went back for seconds!

What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

If you don't mind that would be spectacular. Here's hoping you enjoy your time together this week.

What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

That all sounds delicious, chefathome! Your mum is a very lucky woman. Very curious about the salted caramel tartlets... Do you have a recipe (or a source) you would mind sharing?

Visiting Canberra next week

Hi ecumer,

I know a lovely place called Pod food. It's in Pialligo, near lots of nurseries and plant farms so you eat surrounded by lots of greenery. Very quiet and peaceful! They have a seasonally driven menu and I know that the chefs try to use locally grown and sourced items, including the wine list. They have a menu online - I would definitely recommend having a look and seeing if it's the type of food you like to eat!

Urban pantry in Manuka also has quite good food but it is quite popular on weekends (maybe a little bit trendy but not too loud!). I will try to think of some other possibilities that fit your criteria :)

Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Thanks, TDQ :)

Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

I just googled, and so it is! Don't I look a bit silly now...

Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Phipp Street Stir Fry (Mighty Spice Express, p. 66)

Round two from Mighty Spice Express in as many nights! This was a really quick, easy stir fry. First you cook 140g vermicelli noodles, drain and leave until stir fry is ready. Then, make a spice paste of lemongrass, chilli and garlic in a mini food processor. Heat groundnut oil (I used peanut - have never seen groundnut oil in Aus) in a wok over high heat until smoking. Stir fry thinly sliced chicken thigh strips for 5-6 minutes until golden at the edges. Add the spice paste and stir--fry for 30s or until fragrant. Add leaves from a baby gem lettuce, 2 t fish sauce and 1 T of light soy sauce and squeeze in the juice of half a lime - at this point I got a bit carried away and accidentally added the juice of a whole lime. Stir fry all of this until lettuce is wilted and chicken cooked through. Toss the stir fry with the noodles and serve!

I really enjoyed this and so did the BF - but I definitely went overboard with the lime! We added broccolini in with the lettuce for a bit of extra greenery which I really enjoyed.

Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Chicken Morita with Avocado Sauce (Mighty Spice Express, p. 67).

This wasn't the first recipe I was drawn to in Mighty Spice Express, but I realised I had all of the ingredients at home for dinner in a pinch tonight.

You place garlic, smoked paprika, chilli powder, sun dried tomato paste (I just used regular tomato paste), tamarind paste, olive oil and a small amount of sugar in a food processor and grind to a smooth paste.
Then bash chicken breasts (I used thighs and they worked fine) with a rolling pin until about 1.5cm thick. Prick the chicken with a fork and rub the paste over both sides. Grill for 7-8 minutes on one side (until golden), then flip them over and grill for 7-8 minutes on the other side. While chicken is cooking, put an avocado, juice of 1/2 a lime, natural yoghurt, a small handful of coriander and oil into a blender/food processor and blend to a smooth paste. For those who like a bit of heat I would up the chilli in the paste for the chicken (I am planning to do this next time I make this dish). I could have also gone for more coriander in the avocado sauce.

JGS suggests serving this with steamed basmati rice and lime wedges. I served with wholemeal tortillas instead of the rice, just scooped the chicken and some sauce into a piece of tortilla with a squeeze of fresh lime over the top (really lifted the dish IMO). All in all a very successful dinner - especially considering I would have bypassed it any other night! Bonus points from me for minimal cleanup and serving size for two.

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I tried my first recipe tonight! Review is going up on the Mighty Spice thread now.

What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I would definitely go with the pie crust option. Hope you enjoy these if you get around to making them :)

May 2011 COTM, PLENTY: Tomatoes, Leaves Cooked and Raw

Quesadillas, p. 134

Made these tonight and they were absolutely delicious, and so quick! I used whole meal tortillas and they were so yummy. Great heat provided by the jalapeños and the salsa was so fresh. Very happy.

Nov 12, 2013
monbakes_downunder in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Both of these are on their way to me now! I really have been on a bit of a spree lately. Glad they come highly recommended.

Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Mexican Chicken with Yoghurt and Almonds, p. 75

I made this tonight. I enjoyed it... BF LOVED it. I didn't have any jalapeños on hand (couldn't even find them at the supermarket!) so I used a few Birdseye chillis instead. This was still nice without the jalapeños but lacked a bit of heat so I added some extra fresh chilli to mine once it was done. The sauce thickened up really nicely once off the heat. Very comforting on an unseasonably chilly November night here.