I promise this isn't a foodie blog entirely, although lately you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. It must be the fact that it's the middle of Winter here and I am so loving cooking and of course eating right now. When I saw the Aldi catalogue this week, I couldn't believe my luck. I have wanted some cast iron cook top to oven ware for a while now. So on Wednesday morning, I was there with my fellow bargain hunters....going a little crazy.....comenserate with the price of this stuff. I chose the white enamel, as it look beachy and stylish. This little lot was bagged for around $130 and it is not cheap cr*p either. This is quality cookware with a 5 year guarantee.
Included in that price was the linen, the knives and three ABC Delicious cookbooks. Amazing. To me the quality at Aldi is always good because they have more to prove. By the way this isn't a sponsored post, except that it's sponsored by me.
I thought this book was very me as it's called 'faking it', which is often my attitude to food. It has to be great, but oh so simple as well.
Now girls I am burying a request to you deep in the middle of this post, so that only the most die hard of you Desire Empire followers will get the message. I have entered another cooking competition. This time it's the good taste magazine that are running 'a cook the issue' style competition over the months of June and July. As usual, I have joined in a little late and only started cooking in July. It's based on votes, with the top 20 going through to a final of 6. The rub however, is that it's a popularity contest.....I've never been great at asking for people to vote for me. Even though I was voted sports captain for my house in 6th grade, I haven't really entered one since. Liking me is more a take it or leave it affair these days. I guess what I'm getting at here is, I need your votes, to have any chance of proceeding. So I would be much obliged. But will still love you either way.
You can go here to vote for my zucchini sauteed with fennel seeds
Or this ab fab chicken pie I made here
This chicken pie is honestly about the nicest one I've ever cooked. It would also be the one I cooked on the night that Mr Beach House attended a yacht club meeting without letting me know. To think I wasted time worrying about where he was. I felt like throwing it at him when he walked through the door at 10pm that evening and asked was there any dinner left. As you can see, I still have smoke coming out of my ears over that one. But this is a marriage ladies and I am stuck with the bad as well as enjoying the good, as I promised to do all those years ago, when I had stars in my youthful eye's at the beachy alter.
Oh and this is my version of a rosemary and pine nut scones, which you can vote for here.
You have to sign up to the good taste website to vote, but it may suit you, as there lots of competitions for great kitchen stuff and all things cooking, which may be of interest. No pressure or anything, and as I said, I'll still love you either way. Oh and if there is anything I can do for you please let me know!!!!!!!
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