Tag Archives: cooking

March 11


Jerusalem by Yatam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Post by Robyn55. You would think that with the abundance of celebrity chefs and their cookbooks that there is nothing new to find. Have a look at Jerusalem! By now most people will have heard of Yotam Ottolenghi. The main thing of interest in this book is its […]

June 26

The Food of Love Cookery School – a novel

The Food of Love Cookery School  by Nicky Pellegrino. Post by Natalie from Southport library.   Four women are booked into The Food of Love Cookery School, located in the baroque Sicilian mountain town of Favio. Luca Amore runs the school and teaches them how to cook dishes that have been in his family for generations. […]

Big library read is back!

Join the biggest online ebook club with Big library read. From now until 5 March you can borrow and download Keys to the kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp at anytime – no holds and no wait lists. Keys to the kitchen is a fantastic guide to all things cooking from preparation to technique. It includes over […]

4 Ingredients : Christmas

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 of preparation. Of course the recipes she spoke about were all in her book “4 […]

No Nonsense BBQ

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 husband to try something new on the BBQ, but whatever the reason it was a […]

Cooking country classics

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…

The Simmering Librarian

It’s a truth, pretty widely acknowledged around this library service, at least, that librarians love to cook.

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.
Meanwhile sift

  • 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.

If you love making cupcakes you will adore The Crabapple Bakery cupcake cookbook by Jennifer Graham. The cakes are divine and the icing recipes are magnificent.