Chicken with cashew nuts and snow peas


At the beginning of the snow pea season, I searched my cookbooks on Eat Your Books for recipes featuring snow peas.  I received less hits than I thought I would.  This recipe is one of those hits.  I made it with my first snow peas and we have had it quite a few times since.  It tastes fantastic, is dead easy to make and uses my lovely, fresh, home-grown snow peas.

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Choc Chip Oat Bran Muffins


I am very excited about this recipe.  It opens up so many possibilities.

I was flicking through Charmaine Solomon’s Family Album which, I must say, is not a particularly inspiring cookbook, and spotted these oat bran muffins.  As I mentioned in my ‘In My Kitchen’ post, I was attracted to the recipe because I have had some oat bran in the cool room for ages and had no idea why I bought it or what to do with it. Continue reading

Eastern-Style Croquettes


This is another recipe from Charmaine Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook which is this month’s feature cookbook on The Cook Book GuruI thought the croquettes were fantastic, stupendous, etc.  BUT (and, as you can see, it is a big “BUT”), I did not make them – Maus did and, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to say they were worth the effort. Continue reading

Chicken with Lemongrass


This is another recipe from Charmaine Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook which is this month’s feature cookbook on The Cook Book Guru.  It is a recipe I make regularly.  The only reason it has not featured on Passion Fruit Garden before is that the photos I have taken of the dish have left a lot to be desired.  I am not particularly enamoured with the head photo but …. 

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Curried Chicken with Cashews


I was reading Sandra’s (at Please Pass the Recipe ) latest post the other night and was intrigued when she mentioned that the Cookbook Guru, hosted by Leah, was exploring Charmaine Solomon’s Complete Asian Cookbook this month.  I whizzed over to Leah’s site and a whole new world opened up to me.  Each month, Leah and the other members explore one cookbook and, as Sandra mentioned, this month it is Charmaine Solomon’s Complete Asian CookbookCheck it out.  “I can play this game” I thought.  “I have the Complete Asian Cookbook.”  Before I knew it, I had told Leah I would join in. And then the penny dropped…  I do, in fact, have the cookbook, but it is in Bridgetown and I am in Perth.  I started searching on the web for recipe’s from the book.  Luckily, Google books has a fairly generous preview of the book.  I chose a recipe from the previewed pages. (They were an excerpt from the Indian and Pakistani chapter).  I hit a jackpot. Continue reading