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Simple Essentials: Pasta, Rice and Noodles by Donna Hay

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  • Prawn paella

    • Breadcrumbs on January 18, 2014

      p. 58 - Truly scrumptious and versatile. I’ve used this recipe on a number of occasions. This time around I added 2 b/s chx thighs (chopped), some peas and black olives to the mix. I always add 1tsp of smoked sweet paprika and 2 Thai bird chillis. The recipe calls for Arborio rice and incorporates the chicken stock a little at a time so the dish is prepared much like a risotto. I’ve made many paella recipes but this seems to have become my “go-to” favourite. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895710#8688677

  • Mixed mushroom risotto

    • Breadcrumbs on January 05, 2016

      p. 64 – This was fine but nothing special. The porcini broth/wine/broth mixture was inadequate so I had to add water to finish the risotto. Also, the flavours were rather bland for my palate. I think the recipe would benefit from some herbs, thyme perhaps. As it was I added a couple of handfuls of freshly micro planed parmesan to perk things up. With so many better renditions of this dish out there, I won’t be repeating this recipe. A first for a Donna Hay recipe in my kitchen. Photo here: http://www.chowhound.com/post/show-winter-2016-meals-1030300?commentId=9788520

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  • ISBN 10 0732285798
  • ISBN 13 9780732285791
  • Published Apr 01 2008
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 96
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Imprint Fourth Estate

Publishers Text

Following on the success of Chicken, Chocolate, Druit, and Salads + Vegetables, Australia's best-loved cookbook author brings you Pasta, Rice + Noodles. In all her cookbooks Donna searches for the best produce possible and in these books she shares her tips on how to source the best cuts of meat, and how to jazz up everyday staples like pasta with beautiful, fresh ingredients which are simple to prepare, glorious to eat and lovely to look at. In Pasta, Rice +Noodles, Donna takes you on a food tour from the kitchens of Asia to the Middle East, to the generous heart of Italy with her favourite noodle and rice based recipes. Treat your family and friends. With binding, and luscious photography, these are books to give as prized gifts, or to treasure for yourself.

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