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Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am newly divorced and have two boys aged 21 and 17. I am a receptionist cum bookkeeper at a local high school by day and I do bookkeeping at night for my ex's family business.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking traditional foods from different countries. Its so exciting to experiment with new tastes and techniques. Some of my favourites are: - Moroccan lamb and apricot tagine - Baklava - Bobotie (a spicy minced beef dish with raisins, chutney and egg custard topping - cape malay in origen) - Anything requiring yeast - I love kneeding dough - great for tension release -both sweet and savoury bakes.
My cooking triumphs
I feel that every meal you have made is a triumph if it was made with love and if everyone enjoyed it. A triumph for me is when you have unexpected guests and you still manage to get something gorgeous and scrumptious on the table. I once had to feed a horde of people at short notice and with a couple of boxes of penne, bacon bits, parmasan cheese, tinned mushrooms and cream I managed to satisfy everyone. A simple tomato, onion and cucumber salad accompanied the meal.
My cooking tragedies
For my 30th birthday I asked an indian collegue's wife to prepare a traditional lamb birjani for me. I still don't know why she brought the prepared food 5 days early. I had no option but to freeze the whole (huge)dish, aluminum pot and all. Unfortunately the birjani did not defrost in time for the party and the only option was to scrape frozen food off the edges and reheat individual portions in the microwave. Lesson learnt - LARGE containers take about 24 to 36 hrs to defrost!!!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies III
These cookies were far too sweet for my family's taste. I would definately cut down on the sugar if I had to make this again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2011
Puggie Woogie
My boys (hubby too) just LOVED this. I had a hard time keeping them away while I was frying the little Puggie Woogies. I was given strict instructions to make this again. What I love about this recipe is that it uses ingredients that most of us have in the pantry. It's a recipe that one can make on the spur of the moment when guests pop in unexpectedly. Thank you Enaid - this one's a winner!

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010
GREAT RECIPE. My oldest son is addicted to dukkah. (He loves it sprinkled on buttered fresh bread.) The only change I had to make was to replace the hazelnuts with toasted blanched almonds because I can't get hold of hazelnuts in any of my local supermarkets.

49 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 22, 2006

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