Tuesday, March 11, 2014
They say that writing a book is up there with childbirth and having experience in both, I cannot disagree. It's some of the hardest work you will ever do. There's excitement and anticipation. It hurts like hell. There's tears and butterflies. There's joy and disbelief. There's proud feelings intertwined with sheer terror. And then with one final out-of-body-experience push, it's just there. You're baby, sitting right in front of you...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The last job I had working as a chef was for a super talented lady, back in my hometown, Raglan, NZ. We cooked a lot of beautiful food and I baked my little heart out most days. There was a stack of cookbooks in the corner of the kitchen which we gained inspiration from, but the two main ones used were; Donna Hay's Modern Classics's 2 (baking book) and the cooking tome The Cook's Companion by Australian legend (and one of my food heroes) Stephanie Alexander. Whenever we needed a base recipe, it was The Cooks companion we turned to. To say it was a well loved book is an understatement (even more so because the chef I worked for had once worked alongside Stephanie herself!). Because of it's sheer size (weight!) and price, I've never bought myself a copy, sadly. Moving from NZ to Australia numerous times in the space of 10 years is not exactly an ideal life for such a book, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw the announcement of the Stephanie Alexander's Cooks Companion App!
I know I'm going to sound really old fashion here, but this is the first app of it's sort that I've downloaded (I had to even read up how to redeem the voucher I was sent as I've only owned a smart phone for a few months!). I usually prefer to buy hard copy versions of cookbooks and even though I write recipes online for a living (if you can call it that), I don't tend to gravitate towards this style of viewing usually. But I gotta say, when it comes to a book such as this (the hard copy contains 1100 pages!!), the app version makes complete sense. It's portable, super quick and easy to navigate and it's pretty damn cool having all that information right there with me at all times. Stephanie's recipes are simple and honest and while my cooking style has moved away from much of what she cooks since we discovered our food intolerance's, there is a huge section of both vegetarian and gluten-free recipes in their own folders within the app.
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