When I first received this book, I couldn’t quite work out why Billy Law’s face is so familiar. Now I know: a sucker for all sorts of food TV, I’d seen him on Masterchef Australia. Billy was born in Malaysia, and now lives in Australia, and like any good Australian, his cooking fuses traditional fare with loads of modern dishes.
Reading the book, it becomes evident that Billy’s a bit struck on the quirky and adventurous. I love nothing more, and was fascinated by his Vegemite cheesecake recipe. Really? I mean, REALLY? Billy assures us that ‘the salty Vegemite enhances the sweetness of the cheesecake’ and on closer inspection it seems that the Vegemite is combined with a chocolate ganache, so I suppose he’s right… I’m determined to give the recipe a try to find out.
More traditional recipes I’m dying to try include some lovely noodle dishes such as curry laksa (although the ingredient list for the laksa paste looks somewhat daunting) and a couple of yummy looking king prawn recipes: a very crispy cereal butter prawn dish using, wait for it, Weetabix, and pepper Assam (or tamarind) prawns.
I was also surprised at the amount of desserts in the book: chocolate and salted caramel pots de creme look utterly delicious, as do chocolate and peanut butter tarts. The fudgy macadamia and peanut butter brownies (the only recipe I’ve actually managed to make so far – but there are a lot of pages turned down for future use), were, as promised, deliciously squidgy. The sour cream gives the brownies a tenderness and the Macadamia nuts have a lovely crunch and I’ll continue to use them instead of my usual almonds in my brownies. Burying a tablespoon of peanut butter in each portion of the mixture is a fab idea too.
Have You Eaten? by Billy Law, £25 hardback, is published by Hardie Grant and available at http://www.hardiegrant.co.uk/
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Monday 1st – http://junglefrog-cooking.com/
Tuesday 2nd - http://englishmum.com/
Wednesday 3rd – http://www.babaduck.com/
Thursday 4th – http://www.millycundall.com/
Friday 5th - http://breadetbutter.
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