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2nd-Dec-2009 08:44 pm - Beer-drinking Pretzels
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Salty, poofy, chewy, and delicious.


These are amazing dipped in mustard. And even better with a nice cold pint.

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I also think this would be a fun baking activity to involve kids in if you happen to have any around! Kids are really good at making dough ropes. :)

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25th-Nov-2009 09:25 pm - Spanish Tortilla
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When I was in Spain this summer I ate a lot of tortillas. They were our go-to when we were sick of fish in Cabo de Palos (didn't happen to me, but to other members of my family), when we didn't feel like eating heavy meat in Madrid, or when we wanted something to nosh on between lunch and dinner while drinking a lovely Alhambra beer. And now that winter is rapidly approaching, I think about sunny Spain a lot. Like, a REAL WHOLE LOT.

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15th-Nov-2009 05:45 pm - Yorkshire Pudding!!
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oh yeah, and roast beef, too. And gravy, and peas, and roasted carrots, and garlic mashed potatoes. But most importantly, YORKSHIRE PUDDING.


This was my first attempt at this grand and most favourite meal. I did overcook the meat, which I think is a common issue, but it was still so so tasty. I am currently enjoying cold roast beef sandwiches with mustard.



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11th-Nov-2009 08:51 pm - Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée
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... also known as French Onion Soup.

I've been making this for years, but kind of according to my own recipe, which was good. But tonight I took a look at Julia Child's, and I have to say she totally kicked my ass. I'm really not surprised though - the woman did write a few cookbooks, after all.


I used to use red wine to fill out the broth. Julia's uses vermouth and brandy - a distinct improvement. However, it did mean that I was stuck with some "superfluous" red wine. On a Wednesday, no less! :)

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PS - Is there anybody out there? Anyone else doing any cooking at all? :( I've done the last 13 entries - I'm pretty sure that's bad luck or something...
19th-Oct-2009 10:22 pm - Chicken Pot Pie!
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It's the season for savoury pies again! Get excited! Here to inaugurate the season is my version of chicken pot pie.


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DIG IN! I hope you have a nice crackling wood fire to curl up to while you dine. :)

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23rd-Sep-2009 12:18 pm - Ginger Tofu Steaks
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Ginger Tofu Steaks



 
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This recipe was my first assignment in the Daring Cook's Challenge. Every month, a challenge is assigned and cooks and food bloggers all try their hands at what might be something completely new and unfamiliar.

This month, the challenge, assigned by Debyi of The Healthy Vegan Kitchen, was a wonderful vegan Indian dish composed of spelt flour pancakes (dosas), a chickpea curry, and a coconut and tomato sauce to finish. I admit that I grumbled about having to go out and buy soy milk, but the meal was delicious and will definitely become one of my go-to special dinners.

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26th-Jul-2009 12:17 pm - Rainbow Stuffed Peppers
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How beautiful are peppers? So succulent, and perfect for the summer - and available in a rainbow of colours! I made this dish with turkey and brown rice, so they're also pretty healthy - you don't have to tell anyone that, though - they'd never guess. :)

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20th-Jul-2009 08:33 pm - Discuss:
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All right, Real Cooks - let's talk. We're all here because we want to see interesting, maybe complicated, maybe unusual recipes (and photos of the results!) And hopefully we'd like to contribute too!

I've been cooking seriously for a few years now, and there are some things that I just have not tried yet. I'm either intimidated by the technique, or I don't yet have specialized equipment I think I should have, or such-and-such food just grosses me out, even though other people seem to love it.

So I'd really like it if we could all talk about our challenges as cooks. What recipes or techniques will you challenge yourself to try out in the future? What new foods would you like to try cooking? What things would you like to try, but are just out of your comfort zone?



I'll start: This year I'm going to try making my own pasta. I have no pasta maker, and my counters are small, but I'm going to try anyways. :)
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