One day soon I'm going to write a book filled with awkward encounters involving the opposite sex. It will include, but won't be limited to, spilling drinks on myself, spilling drinks on others, falling over on dance floors, "difficult" conversations, and technology problems faced when attempting to effectively use facebook's messaging function. It might also include some recipes.
Until that time, having my name and recipes in a published book along with other cooks, and without embarrassing stories, will have to do. Whittaker's chocolate have released a cookbook A Passion for Chocolate and it includes a brief history of this 100-year old New Zealand company, tips on how best to melt and use chocolate in cooking, and over 65 recipes from guest chefs. Including me! I'm in esteemed company: Martin Bosley and Ruth Pretty for example also feature, and there are some beautiful recipes. All filled with chocolate.
I was doing recipe testing this time a year ago, and as a result for the book I've done Peanut Slab Cookies and a White Chocolate Macadamia Cheesecake.
GIVEAWAY!!! GIVEAWAY!!! GIVEAWAY!!!
It's now available in stores (and retailing for about $37) but I've got a copy of the book that I'd like to give you.
To be in to win, all you have to do is email me your name and postal address, and include either a funny or embarrassing story OR a photo of something you've cooked recently - bonus points if it's a recipe or idea from heartbreak pie. Please put 'giveaway' in the subject line, and I'll draw the winner next week.
For more chocolate: I made a great gluten-free chocolate cake last year on Good Morning but the onscreen ganache was slightly disastrous (please ignore the photo, and the cake is delicious with or without raspberries!). These dark chocolate cookies are a hit regardless of what you put in them. And there was once a time when my friend told me the guy I was seeing was as lucky as having won lotto, because my chocolate cream cheese brownie was life-changing. See also: emotional afghans, hollywood slice, and using Guinness to wake up in the wrong room at a backpacker's hostel, compared to using Guinness in a chocolate cake.
I'm looking forward to making myself feel better with all your entries, so get emailing!