One of my very favourite recipes is a Bill Granger one. It's his recipe for Portuguese custard tarts which is so easy and foolproof that it's a pleasure to make. It is also one of the most requested items and every year my father requests a batch for Christmas, his birthday and Father's Day and it's so easy that I'm happy to oblige. And ever since trying that first Portuguese custard tart recipe I tried more of Bill's recipes and have found them very easy to follow and very simple. So when he brought out a new hard cover cookbook called Bill's Basics I was eager to have a peek inside.
He tells us in the foreward that it is a collection of his personal favourites and simple classics. The photography is simple, I suppose in tune with the book's philosophy and dishes are propped on a kitchen bench or teatowel, top down or very closeup shots (they actually remind me of a lot of food blog photos). And he gives recipes for basics such as chai tea, pancakes, tomato sauce but he also throws in his very good chocolate chip and pecan cookies and home made Eggs Benedict including making your own English muffins (if you were that way inclined!). And because Bill writes for a modern Australian palate there are also Asian recipes like tom yum, laksa, baked orecchiette with sausage and cavalo nero and the omnipresent salt and pepper squid. It is ideal for beginners or people moving out of home or people that want non fussy and uncomplicated meals.
Double chocolate pancakes drool
Thanks to the lovely people at Harper Collins, three lucky Not Quite Nigella readers will each win a copy of Bill's Basics (RRP $50)! For a chance to win a copy of Bill's Basics by Bill Granger all you have to do is tell me your favourite simple but tasty meal! Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at Midnight AEST 16th January, 2011. You can enter this competition once daily. Delivery is within Australia only.
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Best of luck!
Lots of love,