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Below are my favourite recipes from Emily Hambrick's EmilyCooks.com Retro Recipes e-books. :-)

Tartar sauce recipe:
Yield one cup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon grated onion
2 tablespoons minced pill pickle
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 tablespoons minced pimento
Mix all ingredients and enjoy! Serve with seafood.


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sunlit_music: (lauren bacall 06 by jordanna morgan)
Cooking time: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Ingredients for lemon cake recipe:
125 grams butter
1 tablespoon finely grated or chopped lemon rind
1 cup (220 grams) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (150 grams) self raising flour
Half a cup of plain flour (75 grams)
Half a cup of milk (125 milliletres)

Topping: 125 ml lemon juice and one quarter cup (55 grams) caster sugar

Method:
Preheat oven to moderate heat (160-180 degrees, fan forced). Grease baking tray/cake pan, and line the base with baking paper.

Beat butter, rind and sugar in a medium sized bowl with an electric mixer until light fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until combined.

Stir in sifted self raising and plain flours in two batches with the milk.

Spread mixture into pan/baking tray and bake in oven at 180 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Baking time varies depending on your oven. My oven took 25 - 30 minutes.

The cake will rise and the top and edges will be golden brown when it is ready.

For the topping, combine the lemon juice and sugar in a jug or large mug. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour topping over cake, allow cake to stand for 15 minutes.

Cake is suitable for freezing and refrigerating. It is unsuitable for heating in the microwave.

Serve and enjoy! :)
sunlit_music: (lauren bacall 06 by jordanna morgan)
This recipe is based on the one at www.pillsbury.com :)

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Ingredients:

- 2 and a half cups of rotisserie / cooked chicken, 1 cup of peas/ carrots, 1 cup of corn, half a cup of milk, one third cup of plain flour

- three quarters cup of chicken stock, one third cup of chopped onion, one third cup of butter, half teaspoon of salt, one quarter teaspoon of pepper

- softened pie crust.

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- Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Let the pie stand and cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy! :)
sunlit_music: (Sokka and Suki)
Edited on 5th April, 2014 to add: This review has been cross posted to Amazon.com.au

http://www.amazon.com.au/product-reviews/B00FORXE6G/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Angel in the Attic(book one: Werewolf in the Kitchen) is a lovely, fun queer romance by Rebecca Tregaron. It has lots of wit, humour, some mystery, warmth, and great characters. The romance is sweet and sexy, and I liked the clever world building regarding Angels' food taboos and their own astrology. (I also got excited at the mention of Asian mythological beings - apsaras!) Loved how characters from diverse backgrounds are treated respectfully in a non preachy way.

The cooking scenes were so beautifully described they made me hungry! I loved how Carolyn (the protagonist) is so passionate about cooking. There are some great tips on cooking in the book as well. :)

There are even recipes ( for the dishes mentioned in the novel) at the end of the book. :)

I laughed out loud so much reading this - so many hilarious parts! Highly recommended. :)

You can download it onto your Kindle or Kindle app on your mobile phone. You can also buy and read it online/download it at Smashwords.com .

Edited to fix various typos and add that the author is working on the second book (there will be 2 more books).
sunlit_music: (Sokka and Suki)
Note to self (and anyone else interested in baking tips):

Honey is not needed for the crust/cake base It makes the crust/base a bit too sweet.

Spread mashed biscuits/butter mixture evenly and thickly across baking tray to form a crust/base that won't crumble while being baked. I put the base / crust in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to adding the cream cheese/flour/egg/sugar mixture to the baking tray. This is to prevent the cheese mixture from seeping into the base and crumbling it.

You need 250 to 300 grams of melted chocolate to create the marbling effect (chocolate swirling pattern). The chocolate needs to be thoroughly melted to swirl properly. Heat 4 small blocks of chocolate (28 grams) in the microwave for 90 seconds. WARNING:If you heat 4 grams of chocolate for 2 minutes, it gets burnt. Repeat this step until you have heated 250 grams of chocolate. I couldn't find cooking chocolate, but I strongly recommend using it for baking cakes / making desserts if you can find it. :)

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