Mexican Cooking Utensils – La Cocinera – Molcajete – Tortillero – Large Comal & The Best Of Mexico Cookbook

Mexican Cooking Utensils What a great gift idea for anyone starting out to learn how to prepare and cook Mexican style food.

This set of Mexican Cooking Utensils – La Cocinera has everything they or you need to get you started.

The molcajete is used to grind up the chilis and make your own masa.

The tortillero or tortilla press is used to flatten the masa and to make the tortillas.

The large comal is the cast iron plate or griddle that is used to cook the tortillas and to blister chillies.

Team this with a Norco Tortilla warmer to keep your tortillas warm until you are ready to serve them.

The Best of Mexico

Add t0 this ‘The Best of Mexico’ cookbook and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert in Mexican cooking.

Mexican food is full of diversity and creativity that stems from its history from ancient Indian civilizations, to the Spanish Conquistadores of the sixteenth century, and add to that the influence of European tastes.

In The Best of Mexico, food editor Evie Righter has chosen the finest examples of culinary creativity from this intriguing and vibrant country.

The ingredients and techniques are clearly written and the dishes are accompanied by beautiful color photographs both of the dishes  and Mexico.

This book has received mostly positive reviews which can be read at  Amazon.com

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REVIEW: Delia’s Complete Cookery Course Cookbook

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I’m a bit of a fan of Delia Smith. I love her cooking style and her recipes work. We have the Delia’s Complete Cookery Course cookbook in our house and use it on a regular basis. To me, it’s like those cookbooks of years ago that had just about everything you needed to know in it and for this reason it’s more of a cookbook bible or encyclopaedia of cooking than just a cookbook.

This is one thick book with over 600 pages jam packed with useful information and recipes.

The first chapter is all about the equipment. Delia details the basic kitchen equipment that make up a good kitchen. It includes cookware, baking equipment, spatulas, whisks and mixing utensils as well as knives, graters, grinders, mincers, sifters, strainers and measuring equipment.

Each of the subsequent chapters relates to a food group. For instance, the first chapter is titled ‘Eggs’. The information here includes such things as how to buy eggs, how to store them, what’s in an egg, how to beat egg whites, how to boil eggs, how to poach, fry and scramble eggs and how to make omelettes. After that information comes the egg recipes.

The next chapter is titled ‘Bread and Yeast Cookery’ and goes into the same detail as the egg chapter like how to store bread and flour, descriptions of the different types of flours and how a loaf of bread is made. It then follows with a multitude of bread, pizza and other dough recipes.

The remaining chapters all have the same structure. Here’s the complete list:

  • Eggs
  • Bread and Yeast Cookery
  • Stocks and Soups
  • Pates and Starters
  • Fish
  • Meat – roasting and pot roasting
  • Meat – casseroles and braised dishes
  • Poultry
  • Offal
  • Vegetables
  • Rice and Other Grains
  • Vegetarian Cooking
  • Pulses
  • Pasta and Pancakes
  • Herbs
  • Spices and Flavourings
  • Sauces
  • Cheese
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Barbecues and Picnics
  • Cream, ice cream and yoghurt
  • Pastry
  • Cakes
  • Scones and Biscuits
  • Fruits and Puddings
  • Preserving
  • Left Overs

My version of the book is the classic edition which I notice is different to the one I have linked to below which is an illustrated version. Although the classic version has images I don’t think it is as extensive as the Illustrated version but I can’t say exactly what’s in that version.

This is one cookbook that you will be referring to again and again. I highly recommend it.

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The Food Processor Bible

The Food Processor BibleIf you have a food processor but are really not making much use of it then it is probably time to get some inspiration and what better way than The Food Processor Bible.

It’s not uncommon for people to buy a food processor, try it out once or twice, and then store it away never to be seen again. If this sounds like you then the reason is probably because you really don’t know what your food processor can do for you.

With over 500 recipes this handy book will get you back using your food processor again since each recipe is created with food processor directions. But not only that, you also receive a multitude of tips and tricks to make better use of your food processor.

One drawback of this book is that there are no images. I am a visual person and need to see a photo of the finished product before I can determine if I am going to like the final result. Some people are okay with just scanning the ingredients and getting an idea from that so if this is you, then you will have no problem with this book.

Chapters in the book include:

  • Using Your Food Processor
  • Appetizers
  • Soups, Sauces and Marinades
  • Fish and Dairy Dishes
  • Meat and Poultry
  • Vegetables and Side Dishes
  • Super Salads and Dressings
  • Yeast Doughs, Quick Breads and Muffins
  • Cakes and Frostings
  • Desserts and Tortes
  • Chocolates, Cookies and Squares
  • Pies and Pastries
  • Passover

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Red Lobster Recipes – Make Your Own Restaurant Recipes at Home

recipes_book1_min.jpgWhen we were in the US we often ate at many of the Red Lobster restaurants scattered around the country. We loved the huge meals and the tasty food and as neither of us can pass up seafood at the best of times the Red Lobster restaurants really appealed to us.

Unfortunately Red Lobster restaurants aren’t available in Australia and we really miss it – that was until I found that you can get secret copycat recipes for this and other famous restaurants online.

I found this cookbook with Red Lobster Recipes plus over 200 recipes from restaurants like:

  • The Red Lobster
  • The Olive Garden
  • McDonalds
  • KFC
  • Macaroni Grills
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Hard Rock Cafe – I love the food here too
  • Sizzler
  • The Soup Nazi – another food joint we tried when we were in New York – just loved the soup!!
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • And many more

But the recipes I’m really looking for are from The Red Lobster and this book includes the following:

  • Red Lobster Batter Fried Shrimp
  • Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits (yum!)
  • Red Lobster Claim Chowder
  • I’ll stop writing Red Lobster for now because my fingers are getting tired so just know that the rest on the list are all Red Lobster recipes
  • Lobster Fondue
  • Lobster with Crabmeat Stuffing
  • Shrimp Diablo
  • South Beach Seafood Paella
  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Sonoran Chicken Pasta
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Deep Fried Catfish
  • Hush Puppies
  • Trout Vera Cruz
  • Dungeness Crab Bisque
  • Cajun Shrimp Linguine

And these are just the Red Lobster Recipes. There are over 200 recipes in total in the Red Lobster Recipesbook. But what I really like is that you get lifetime access to their database which already has 300 extra recipes with more added on a regular basis.

So at least now I don’t have to take a trip to the US to eat some of my favorite foods although there are plenty of other reasons to go. Give me an excuse and I will be on a plane in a second!!

If you want to try these Red Lobster Recipes or any of the other 500 or so recipes then click here….

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‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ and Other Jamie Oliver Cookbooks

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Jamie Oliver is a well know television chef who has a range of fantastic cookware.

He has written a number of books including ‘The Naked Chef’ and ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ which is complimentary to his television show in which he gave 15 unemployed kids a chance to be chefs and he also helps them to open a restaurant.

 Jamie’s Kitchen  provides clear advice and features over 100 recipes from the Cookery House and the restaurant.

I have a couple of Jamie Oliver cookbooks and I find them to be very inspiring. The recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions, and the dishes are made from ingredients that my family eat.

And as anyone who reads this blog knows, I have four fabulous pieces of Jamie Oliver cookware which have changed my whole outlook to cooking.  They are so easy to use and to clean up.

Here are more great Jamie Oliver cookbooks that you may like: