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Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Newcastle, UK
About this Cook
What can I say about myself? People describe me as a shopaholic, "gym rat", bookworm, spiritual and cultured who's happily married and passionate about life, traveling, animals, and the finer things in life which include food!! Also love trying out different restaurants, and trying new things in general. Variety is the spice of life!!
My favorite things to cook
Anything from seafood, steamed mussels, Thai food, enchilladas, deserts, anything ethnic. I really hate making anything bland and dodgy, or even fried for that matter as I don't feel well after consuming fried foods. Prefer to eat healthier.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ooh there are too many to list but here goes: anything from my Mom's plum dumplings, sarma, djuvech, cevapcici, also pasta with poppy seeds, stuffed peppers, making streudel, crepes, potica for Christmas. Also we always look forward to dinners at Mom's place, because we're all such "gourmands" and it's great cooking up fabulous dishes while spending time with your loved ones.
My cooking triumphs
Making everything from Salmon Wellington, a crepe cake, amazing Thai food, pasta's with cream sauces, etc. I've never been accused of making bland food and usually my cooking has a bit of a "kick" to it.
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to list. Well, once I attempted to make scones, however they turned out to be hockey pucks. I think everyone has burnt meat some time in their life and I'm no exception.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chef John's Banana Bread
I do agree this was probably the best banana recipe I'd every tried. I followed the recipe, also added cinnamon and nutmeg to it, however in the end after I'd finished baking it and let it cool down, I noticed that it was quite crumbly when I tried to slice it? Any ideas why?

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2012
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
This was an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe. At the advice of others, I decreased my sugars to 3/4 cup each. I also added in 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, and also 1 cup dried cranberries. The first time I baked the cookie for 10 min, and found it too cakey for my liking. The second time I baked it for 8 min and I found it perfect, it was moist and chewy. Sure the cookie looks unbaked and raw, but once it sets for a minute or two its yummy...chocolate is all oozing out! :) Try it, I think you'll agree. Just want to mention that the next time I make it, I'll probably decrease the flour by 1/2 to 1 cup. Finally, the dough tastes pretty good raw too. ;)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2010
Strawberry Bread
OMG this is just amazing! At the advice of others, I also halved the sugar, replaced the oil with apple sauce, and used 1/4 cup olive oil, and in the end decided to make a streusel topping with flour, butter, oats and cinnamon which I crumbled on top. I also made a strawberry butter which really added to the recipe. Since I am gluten sensitive, next time I'll try it with almond or rice flour. Wonder if anyone here has? Anyway, one loaf was already gobbled up by my family, and 2nd one is rapidly disappearing. This would be perfect for brunch or as a favorite snack. Forgot to mention but I baked for 63 min. Anyway, try it, you won't regret it!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2010

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