Nothing puts me in a better mood than great cooking. As I have mentioned on several occasions, it is a growing passion of mine. I don’t have any sort of food background, it’s never been a big deal in my family. But over the past few years I’ve enjoyed honing my skills and taking some risks in the kitchen. This was a fantastic week of firsts for me.
My favorite foodie is Donna Hay. She’s a beautiful Australian food stylist and revolutionary cook. I have one of her books: Fast, Fresh, Simple, but the long-term plan is to collect them all! She is all about cooking in-season, fast and simple meals. I admire her for all she has been able to accomplish. Her name is a brand recognized throughout Australia.
I have been slowly developing a cookbook collection, but it can get a bit pricey. Yesterday after work I went to the nearest library to pick up a few volumes to give Matt and I some fresh dinner ideas for the coming weeks. Predictably I grabbed two of Donna Hay’s books, and also one by Margaret Fulton. She is another household name in Australian cooking.
Tonight we took a leaf out of Margaret’s book to make our first ever Beef Stroganoff. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a photo tonight, but it was delicious and I think I could already make it from memory next time! Personally I love any dish that pairs well with rice.
Later this week we’ve got some fun meals planned. We did all of our shopping tonight, and I especially enjoyed picking out a handful of new spices. It used to be I wouldn’t dream of attempting a recipe if I didn’t recognize some of the ingredients. But now in a matter of days I’ll be trying out my first Tandoori Chicken! Just need to sort out a turkey baster…