My favourite Cookbooks.

ArabesqueMadhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry BibleAmaretto, Apple Cake and Artichokes

I love reading cookbooks. I read them on the bus, in bed and even on the loo so I thought it fitting that I create something to celebrate some of my favourite books from my ever expanding bookshelf. Click HERE to see which books made my list. As soon as finished the post there were another 10-15 books which were screaming out for a mention so I’m sure they’ll make it to the list at some point.

Pan roasted Guinea Fowl with Cumberland Sauce

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I picked up some Guinea fowl at the farmers market before Christmas and had buried them with other stuff in the freezer. Once they’d been uncovered and identified I was intrigued to give them a go. I didn’t want to braise them as I thought they deserved to be simply cooked to bring out the natural flavour, I also wanted a sweet sauce to accompany and settled on cumberland. Turns out it’s perfect for the slightly gamey Guinea fowl. Who knew!?

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Steak with Roquefort Sauce

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I love blue cheese and I especially love the pungent taste of a roquefort sauce. It works excellently with meat, especially a good quality steak, which is just what I needed today. I was salivating at the mere thought of this all day, so when it came time to cook I couldn’t wait any longer. I served mine with some delicious potatoes roasted in duck fat which just upped the ante, making it quite a decadent evening all round.

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Yellow Beetroot Borscht

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I found some yellow beetroot at a grower’s market in the city today and decided use it for the delicious Russian/European soup borscht. Instead of the vivid ruby red colour of traditional borscht, the yellow beet created a vibrant yellow soup. You can of course, use ordinary beetroots for this recipe. Don’t ask me why I felt like eating this at this time of year! The temperature outside in Sydney was about 30ºc and I was sweating like a pig. Maybe after 5 years, my brain still hasn’t adjusted to the southern hemisphere’s opposite seasons. This is a dish best served hot in a cold climate. It will warm every inch of your soul, not to mention looking very colourful and impressive along the way. If you’re in a hot country, pop on the air conditioning to it’s lowest setting, slip a jumper on and tuck in.

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Smoked Trout & Dill Pate

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This is the easiest thing to make, and it’s great for a light lunch snack or party dip. I love smoked fish so when I saw a little packet at the supermarket with an “oops! I’m reduced” sticker smacked over it. I snatched it from the shelf as quick as you like. Give this a try – you’ll be amazed how tasty it is.

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Asparagus Soup

Soups are easy and delicious. For some bizarre reason, asparagus was the cheapest thing at the supermarket today so I snapped up a basketful. This soup is light and flavoursome and a real treat for anyone who likes this delicious delicate vegetable. It’s great served with a light crumbling of blue cheese on top but just as good on its own.

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Blueberry & Sultana Crumble

Blueberries were going cheap at the supermarket, so naturally I bought a little packet on a whim – then thought “What the frig am I going to make with these?” It’s not an ingredient I use a lot so I was a bit stuck. After trawling through a few recipe books I discovered it’s an ingredient a lot of people avoid! So, with no inspiration to spark me off I decided upon the old fail safe, a crumble. The resulting dessert was absolutely delicious. Who knew the blueberry had it in him!!

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