CanberraCook Profile - (18046785)

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Living In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I really enjoy cooking, but since my husband and I share the cooking duties I only get to cook every second day. I guess I shouldn't be complaining about that, though!
My favorite things to cook
For dinner: pasta, curries, stir fries, Mexican, soups, big salads. I grew up vegetarian and although I now eat meat sometimes I still cook a lot of vegetarian dishes. For breakfast: French toast. For fun: muffins and cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is a fantastic cook - eating at her place is always like eating at a really good restaurant. So I have too many good childhood food memories to list! One family tradition I particularly like is the plum pudding my mother makes every Christmas. It's her grandmother's recipe.
My cooking triumphs
Some of my favourite dishes to make for guests are spaghetti with zucchini, lemon & chilli, minestrone soup and sweet potato & pear soup. My sticky gingerbread muffins have been a hit at office morning teas.
My cooking tragedies
Burning peanuts when I tried to roast them for a roast peanut soup. Mistaking salt for sugar in a recipe (yuck!). A packet chocolate cake I made recently stuck to the bottom of the pan. When I tried to get it out, it came out in pieces. It didn't taste very good, either. I think I should stick to making cakes from scratch!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies
These were fantastic! They had a great chewy texture. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar and substituted orange-flavoured dark chocolate (Green and Black's Maya Gold) chopped into small pieces for the chocolate chips, which worked really well.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2010
Shepherd's Pie Mexicana
I liked this more than classic shepherd's pie - it was tastier and more interesting. I made a few changes. I halved the peas and corn, added a can of kidney beans, doubled the taco seasoning and left out the spicy salt and put grated cheddar cheese on top of the mashed potato (strongly recommended!).

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 2, 2009
Zesty Porcupine Meatballs
My first and only other experience with 'porcupines' was at a summer camp I went to. I'd been remembering them and wanting to recreate them, so I searched for recipes and found this one. It tasted a lot like the porcupines I remembered, but looked a bit different - the ones I had had more rice 'spikes' and looked more porcupiny. Maybe they were rolled in rice before being cooked? I left out the egg because my daughter is allergic, but the meatballs still held together really well. I substituted celery salt for the garlic salt and found the celery flavour a bit strong - will use garlic salt next time. They tasted great. I served them with mashed potatoes, sauted mushrooms, peas, corn and carrots.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2009

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