When I gaze at the cookbook I think 'Juanita Philips...
doesn't she read the news?'
doesn't she read the news?'
Yes indeed she does.She also has a hubby and 2 young children.
The book is very visually appealing - it's kind of 50's kitsch - cute and sweet, but modern and funky. And although the title suggests it's a cookbook, I wouldn't describe it that way.
It's more of a busy mum's guide, but likewise could be adopted by anyone with a busy lifestyle. Juanita makes no secret, she's no chef, but she had to 'up her game from basic to intermediate cook' to cater in minutes because she and her family aren't traditional in the sense that they eat together every night. She needs to be organised, she wanted to have variety of yummy nutritious meals but didn't want to spend her precious family time in the kitchen. Let's face it, who does?
Juanita tells the tales of her failures, how she came to find systems/focus in her life that worked - whether it be laundry, housework, shopping, friendships and all other aspects of life - nurture yourself - learn to say no.
For working and busy mums out there - you will love the editorial. It's common sense stuff but it's also refreshing in the sense that it's so relateable - it's not written in a motivational type prose, it's not condescending - it's just an honest account. I like that.
I'm not a pressure cooker user, in fact I needed to borrow a pressure cooker to road-test the recipe. All the recipes are written with a prep-time, a cook time in the pressure cooker, and comparable conventional cooking time. It does motivate me to find myself a pressure cooker of my own admittedly!
Pros: The 'editorial' or 'story' part of the book is a lovely, helpful read. Realistic and validating. Both recipes I road tested worked, and were delicious.
Cons: Recipes have no pictures, they are difficult to follow when cooking by virtue as they are written in paragraph not in point form. The recipes I road tested, made me feel a little more under pressure to get things ready quickly (tip, have all ingredients on hand pre-prepared) and also the timings to prepare were not realistic, so you need to allow a little extra time if you read the recipe and it seems like there's a bit more preparation involved.
Release Date: 1st April 2010
Cost : $35.00
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Baba's 1 minute Prawns
This is one I actually had a bit of a hard time getting on the table - in fact it took me from beginning to end 1 hour, not the 28 minutes as on the recipe. However, it is delicious, and now using the tips I'm going to share with you, I will make it again.
The recipe was given to Juanita by her croatian mother-in-law. She then adapted it from a conventional recipe to a pressure cooker recipe.
1 kg green prawns, shelled, de-veined, tails on - reserve shells
1/2 tsp vegetable stock powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 tsp crushed garlic (I used 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced)
1 large bunch continental parsley, chopped
1 cup white wine
2 tsp cornflour
Prepare all ingredients up front, shell your prawns, chop your parsley/garlic measure out your white wine and dissolve the cornflour in the wine.
When shelling your prawns, reserve the shell.
Place the shells in a saucepan, fill saucepan with water until it reaches just near the top of the shells. Add stock powder and salt. Remember the less water, the better the stock you are going to make. Bring to the boil, remove from heat and strain to reserve the liquid, discard the shells.
Heat your oil until it is sizzling, add the garlic, closely followed by the prawns, stir for 30 seconds, then add the cornflour/wine, then 1 cup of the stock.
Place the lid on your pressure cooker, it should pop/rattle immediately. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat, and rinse your pressure cooker under cold running water for 1 minute.
Gently take the lid off, and serve with rice and/or green salad.
Psst: come back at 1pm today - I have a great Mothers' Day competition launching!
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