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What We Read: Mia’s Favourite Cookbooks For Winter!

Winter makes me hungry...

With the onset of colder weather and the new MasterChef series airing on TV, I have been inspired to get in the kitchen and keep warm by cooking yummy meals and treats. There are a great range of cookbooks available that are perfect for looking through while curled up on the couch, your favorite cooks and culinary icons have done the hard work for you and compiled great recipes, that make it easy to find your next favourite dish.

Here are some of my favourite cookbooks at the moment:

At My Table by Nigella Lawson:
This book, like all of Nigella's is just amazing! From the basics of creating the perfect sweet potato fries and hummus to the perfect roast duck. My favorite recipe would have to be Nigella's Lemon Tendercake with Blueberry Compote, it has a marvelous texture almost like a super fluffy pancake! Its perfect to make when you have
friends and family over for dinner.

The Masters at Home - Recipes, Stories and Photographs from the MasterChef Kitchen:
This book is a great collection of recipes and anthologies is quite inspiring with its in depth background stories and photographs. Huge names in the culinary world share what they like to cook in their own time, in their home kitchen. The recipes range from exotic and skillful to simple and comforting, perfect for anyone who is willing to try new recipes and put their cooking skills to the test!

Basics to Brilliance Kids by Donna Hay:
This book is a new edition of Donna Hay's original Basics To Brilliance, this time letting the kids in on the fun. I'd seriously consider picking up a copy before the next lot of school holidays as it will keep the little ones entertained for hours, while providing tasty treats for the whole family to enjoy. The dishes are quite easy
and quick to prepare, just image the scent of choc-coconut popcorn wafting throughout the house as you relax while the kids take care of the snacks. A must have
for all families this winter school holidays!

Yummy, Easy, Quick by Matt Preston:
This is a great collection of 127 dinners that only take 30 minutes or less to prepare, from everyone's favorite MasterChef Judge Matt Preston.
The meals are hearty and scrumptious, with out a doubt crowd pleasers! The wide range of recipes include 20 minute Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs, 15 minute
Slow-Cooked Ocean Trout and 20 minute Teriyaki Salmon Bowl with Salmon Crackling, all modern classics that you'll love cooking and sharing with friends.

- Mia, Shellharbour QBD

Win 1 of 6 Jamie Oliver Prize Packs!

 

To celebrate the release of Jamie Oliver's fabulous new book, Jamie Cooks Italy, we have 6 packs full of goodies to give away!

Each pack includes items from Jamie's Italian range of products, perfect to go with your new book!

To be in the running to win just purchase Jamie Cooks Italy using your QBD Books Loyalty card in any store or online between August 1st & September 30th 2018.

Our special prize packs include:

  • * 1 Big drizzler
  • * 1 Bruschetta serving board
  • * 1 Set of 3 Antipasti bowls
  • * 1 Set of mini terracottsa Tapas dishes
  • * 1 Terracotta drizzler
  • * 1 Garlic press
  • * 1 Double oven glove
  • * 1 Set cotton napkins
  • * 1 Large all-purpose storage tin

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* Entrants must have purchased 9780718187736 Jamie Cooks Italy using their QBD Loyalty card within the promotional period to enter this competition.
* Competition is open to Australian residents only. Participants cannot be an employee of QBD the Bookshop.
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Any entries submitted outside the promotion time and date parameters outlined above, or after the promotion period has closed, will not be included in the promotion
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Promoter conducting this promotion is QBD Books ABN 54 614 038 765, 30 Enterprise Street Richlands QLD, 4077.

QBD’s 25 Books of Christmas: #6

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Australia' most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating.

LIFE IN BALANCE is about embracing food and all its benefits. Each chapter, from breakfast to baking, has simple recipes enriched with nature's superfoods - think leafy greens, bright fresh berries, creamy nuts and nourishing grains.

From new ideas for power dinners to tempting grills, from super-charged breakfasts to low-carb options, LIFE IN BALANCE is full of super-satisfying recipes - nourishing, virtuous and delicious. And because we all need the occasional treat, there's also a few yummy better-for-you sweets. The only kind of diet that works, after all, is the balanced diet - the one you can sustain long term. And when your life is in balance, you feel great and it shows - from the inside out.

ARYA HUNGRY? BECAUSE DINNER IS COMING . . .

In the Game of Scones all men must dine...

Game of Scones Jacket-detailGame of Scones is a spoof recipe book created in homage to the hit series that we all love. Full of recipes created in homage to the knights and renegades, liars and honest folk who wage war to control the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, this spoof cookbook will bring the Iron Throne right into your kitchen.

The struggle for the Iron Scone has begun and chaos reigns throughout the Seven Kingdoms. Appetites are rising and kings, queens, knights, liars and honest men battle it out as they play the Game of Scones.

Jammy Lannister, by right of birth, blood and dough, has laid his claim to the Iron Scone of Westeros: join him as he fights his way through the kitchen, encountering edible desserts and baked goods including Unsullied Soldiers (without nuts), Brienne of Tart, Jaime and Cersei's Family Mess and Tyrion's Shortbread.

Stylishly designed, each page is loaded with visual and textual references, plus loads of insider gags that fans will love.

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Image source: https://twitter.com/gameofscones_

Jamie Oliver presents: Recipes for a healthier, happier you!

Think healthy eating can be a bit bland? Think again!

Jamie Oliver is back with a fantastic new cookbook bound to add some zazzle to your cooking repertoire! But we won't steal the spotlight, we'll let Jamie tell you himself.
(Go on, we've got a minute)

Inspired & ready to give it a whirl? Try the recipe below on for size...But yes, you do have to buy the book to get the rest!

Portable-Jam-Jar-Moroccan-saladPortable Moroccan Jam Jar Salad
(page 106)
Serves 1

150g cooked wholewheat couscous (75g if cooking from scratch)
1/2 a pomegranate
2 heaped tablespoons of fat-free natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of finely chopped preserved lemon
5cm of sliced cucumber
1/4 of a shredded round lettuce
1/2 a coarsely grated carrot
1 peeled and sliced blood orange
60g of drained chickpeas
2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 sprigs of fresh coriander
15g of feta cheese
1 good pinch each of toasted sesame seeds, chopped pistachios and cumin seeds

Spoon the cooked couscous into the base of a 1-litre jam jar. Holding the pomegranate cut-side down, bash it with a spoon so the seeds tumble into the jar. Finely chop the preserved lemon and add to a small bowl. Mix in the yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of oil, season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then spoon over the couscous. To make up the rest of your jar, finely slice the cucumber, shred up the lettuce and coarsely grate the carrot, then layer into the jar. Peel, slice and add the blood orange (use regular, if out of season), then drain and add the chickpeas. Pick the herb leaves and scatter into the jar, then crumble in the feta. Roughly chop and add the pistachios, along with the sesame and cumin seeds. Pop the lid on, place in the fridge and mix before serving.

Once you’ve got the hang of this principle, go to town mixing up your combos to embrace seasonal produce, use up any leftovers and keep your veg drawer clean.

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Preview and recipe source: www.penguin.com.au