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4 Ingredients : Christmas by Kim McCosker. Post by Anne at Southport Recently on a local radio station I heard the author of the 4 Ingredients recipe books – Kim McCosker, talking about Christmas food and getting away from lots … Continue reading
Recently it was my husbands birthday and our 16 year old son brought him a BBQ cookbook called “Fired Up: no nonsense Barbecuing” by Ross Dobson for his present. I’m not quite sure if it was a hint for my … Continue reading
Let me start by saying that I am not a good cook, and particularly hate having to cook dinners every night. The one thing that I do enjoy spending time on are biscuits, slices and cakes. But even with these I like the recipes to be quick, low on ingredients and they need to be simple and not too fiddly.
Lately I have found quite a few books that suit my skills while still producing delicious results. I would highly recommend anything produced by The Country Women’s Association, and you might like to check out their books Country Women’s Association biscuits and slices,Country Women’s Association preserves or The Country Women’s Association cookbook: seventy years in the kitchen. From …Biscuits and Slices I have gone on to make the anzac biscuits, shortbread and – my personal favourite – the cornflake cookies.
Keeping with the theme of country cooking, I also recently borrowed The Country show cookbook: winning show recipes and tried my hand at the scones and banana cake.
You might remember an episode from Masterchef last year where the contestants were challenged to create country standards like scones, marble cake, fruit cake and chutney and, surprisingly, they found it very difficult to get right! For those wanting even more about The Country Women’s Association you might be interested to know that the library has copies of a documentary called Not all tea and scones which follows a group of rural CWA women and demonstrates how their bond helps them through tough times.
Feel free to share your own favourite country classics… Continue reading
And bake, BBQ, braise and blend. Slice, simmer, steam and sauté. Then eat, devour, savour and relish.
Or, at the very least, ogle recipe books.
So let’s take it to streets and find out what’s cooking on the Gold Coast….
White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes
Joy, from the Library’s Admin Branch, whipped up a quick batch of these little beauties to celebrate two colleagues’ birthdays. To do the same, put
- 80g white chocolate
- 125 g butter
- half a cup of milk and
- 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate is melted and the sugar dissolved.
Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
- half a cup of self-raising flour and
- half a cup of plain flour into a mixing bowl.
- Make a well and add an egg and the melted ingredients.
Spoon into cupcake papers and bake in a 150 degrees Celsius fan-forced oven for 30 minutes, if making large cupcakes, or 25 minutes for small ones. Put the oven to 170 degrees if it’s not got a fan.
When cool, ice with a simple butter icing.