Culinary Quickies Cook Book by Mel Alafaci
Culinary Quickies is the absolutely must have cook book like no other before it. Concentrating on up-skilling and inspiring the reader, Chef Mel Alafaci’s intoxicating enthusiasm, authenticity and unique culinary lingo will have you hungry to flex your muscles in the kitchen. Mel is brilliant at adding humour, shortcuts and tricks to all those tedious tasks that you have to endure. Every recipe has been designed, tried and tested by Mel and she is proud to share these with you.
Chef Mel moved from South Africa to sunny Brisbane where she opened Vanilla Zulu in 2011, bringing her big smile and happy nature with her. She has just published her book of recipes, tips and hacks to help you create magic in your own kitchen. The book is written in her endearing style, with plenty of quirkiness, but provides solid information and tips for the confident cook and the culinary novice. You will find dozens of quickie recipes, and innovative ideas for meals. The recipe for Magical Moroccan Mince with pistachios and date gravel inspured this reviewer to take the brave step of letting the mince do its own thing without stirring on a high heat, until the meat became brown and luscious. I now find myself using this technique often when cooking a protein. As does the hubby!
Culinary Quickie Customer Reviews:
"I've been cooking for many years & never realised I've been cooking mince incorrectly my whole life! Your chopping, cooking & plating rechniques inspire me in my everyday cooking. So much flavour and so easy. I aslo loved your practical tips for freezing pastes, lime leaves etc..."
- Katherine Meldrum
"Mel's so much fun, informative & teaches things that I thought were difficult in the kitchen which are now a breeze. She has a great knack of making simple dishes look exciting"
- Kerstin Knott
"Mel dispelled the myths surrounting the difficulty of preparing a family meal and has given us the confidence to do more cooking and entertaining"
-Jackie & Steve D
"Hello everyone, do yourself a favour and get the Culinary Quickies cook book by Mel, some fabulous recipes! I did the Rosti Cottage Pie the other night, yummy, easy and perfect mince with NO grey liquid in the pan!"