PiaOC's Bookshelf

  • One of our favourite winter soups. With chard in the freezer, this soup comes together with basic pantry items and always feels so nourishing.
    about Bean and Swiss chard soup from Marcella's Kitchen added on June 07, 2021

  • Sensational. Easy do ahead dessert.

  • Really lovely slice - not as sweet as commercial varieties. Followed the recipe precisely the first time and thought it could do with a bit more apple; not so, the pastry became a little soggy and the slice needed a plate but still delicious. Back to the original ratios next time.
    about Apple slice from Australia added on June 07, 2021

  • I too, used a mixture of hot and mild fennel sausages. Another excellent meal from this cookbook.

  • 1st time using the instant pot - this recipe was a great success. I used oyster blade beef and having read others' comments, cooked for an extra 5 minutes. I reduced the salt but it was still a tad salty. Served with mashed potatoes and steamed greens. Very good winter meal.
    about Classic boeuf Bourguignon from Dinner in an Instant added on April 18, 2021

  • Loved this dish which we had with the chicken piccata. I too, added more stock and cooking time to the orzo and found it needed about half of the parmesan. Delicious and as noted in the intro, would made a simple meal for lazy nights.
    about Orzo with lemon & parsley from Simple added on August 06, 2020

  • Also served with lemon orzo. Excellent combination. All came together quickly after prepping ingredients.
    about Chicken piccata from Simple added on August 06, 2020

  • Oh my - I usually bake rhubarb with orange but the addition of gin and rosemary took this to another level. The aroma was amazing. Served it beside an olive oil cake which absorbed the syrup nicely. Finished off with ice cream for some and plain cream for others.

  • Another full flavoured success from this book. The lemon, thyme and caper combination is so delicious.

  • Excellent combination of flavours and textures. Next time, I will push more of the bread to the edge of the baking dish for the last 5 minutes to crisp up. The pancetta was a tasteful addition - the bit I picked up was not too dry and it baked perfectly. Will definitely be making this again.

  • A substantial meal for the non-meat eater and an easy side for those who do. Delicious and kept well for the following day. A great gluten free option.
    about Warm brown rice salad from Feast Goes On added on December 16, 2019

  • Definite winner! I had egg yolks to consume but no need for biscuits so I prepared and froze these some weeks ago. I defrosted a couple for unexpected guests and oh my, they were delicious. They defrosted whilst the oven heated and then filled the house with a "stay for a while" aroma. The recipe makes 60 or so biscuits so there are plenty more in the freezer to look forward to. Perfect balance of crunch and chew.
    about Egg yolk chocolate chip cookies from Violet Bakery Cookbook added on November 02, 2019

  • Having never cooked peas in the oven before, I was not sure what to expect with this dish. It was very, very good.

  • This was a very easy meal to prepare, assemble and cook and an absolute delight to eat. The salmon skin was a little soggy but I have made a note to cook it skin side up for the first 10 minutes next time.

  • Excellent stew. Followed recipe using oyster blade. Next time will attempt the cornbread.
    about Beef stew with jalapeño cornbread from Magnolia Table added on May 25, 2019

  • Ended up making polenta cubes for an antipasto entree. Worked a treat - especially nice with roast peppers.
    about Polenta chips from Something Italian added on April 23, 2018

  • Oh my! This sauce is good - dip your bread in and slurp good! The gnocchi are on the firmer side but perfect for this sauce.
    about Pumpkin gnocchi with Roquefort sauce from Eat in My Kitchen added on April 23, 2018

  • Seriously.Good. So easy to make and seriously good.

  • These gnocchi are light and soft. Have made this recipe several times with constistently great results. The only variation I make is to completely cool the potatoes after adding the egg yolk and before adding the flour. My mum used to say that cold potatoes absorbed less flour resulting in lighter, softer gnocchi. Of course, that leaves aside the whole debate as to whether gnocchi should be soft or firm! Personally, I prefer a firmer gnoccho for heavier sauces ie blue cheese.
    about Potato gnocchi from David Herbert's Best Home Cooking added on April 23, 2018

  • This was a quick meal to put together and quite tasty. Perhaps a little less soy next time and a squirt of citrus or pinch of chilli.
    about Egg roll bowls from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow added on February 09, 2018

  • Great taste combination but will need to work on fresh ginger next time. I wasn’t a great fan of its texture - perhaps reduce to 1 or 2 tablespoons or process after grating to achieve smoother consistency. Served with a plain olive oil cake.
    about Cherries with ginger lemon curd from Home Cook added on January 28, 2018

  • Used chicken tenderloins and barbecued instead of panfrying. Tasty and tender.
    about Lime and coriander chicken from At My Table added on January 26, 2018

  • So good! Easy to prepare ahead and then assemble at last minute. Versatile too. Had it with Christmas turkey and leftovers for breakfast with a poached egg. Definitely worth repeating.

  • I had never attempted a rolled cake but this cake, I made several times over the holiday season with great success. Quick to prepare and to cook, easy to assemble and perfect to put together in the morning for evening event. Converts beautifully for a gluten free treat too. Delicious.
    about Banana bread rolls from Smitten Kitchen Every Day added on January 21, 2018

  • Possibly the best meatballs I've ever tasted! They were sweet, moist and popped with citrus from the lemon zest. Served with zucchini noodles and reheated leftovers the following day with potato mash. Quite excellent!