Sunday, November 11th, 2012

November Book Giveaway ~ After Toast by Kate Gibbs




Can you mail me at with your address? Thanks and congrats! :)

Thanks too for all the comments, I had a good laugh reading through them all. I used to make crepes and sweet and sour pork until they came out of my ears when I was a a teenager esp. after school I used to love cooking in the kitchen. And baking, anything sweet and cookie like and I was right in there.


This month of November I am giving away a copy of a superb book recently written by a colleague and friend of mine ~ Kate Gibbs. Kate is a fantastic food writer and I am fortunate to be on the receiving end of so many of her wonderful recipes on shoots. Her food is immensley flavour-packed and varied, and her wealth of knowledge and passion for all things food is vast and at times, baffling…

This is her second book and it’s jam-packed full of amazing recipes, all written with one main aim ~ to get teenagers to get in the kitchen and get them cooking!

To win a copy, simply leave a comment below stating; What dish did you love to cook most when you were a teenager?

Mine was crepes and sweet and sour pork ~ not served together BTW! Nor were they the most diet-friendly recipes either (!) but I made them both so often after school.

About this month’s book:

AFTER TOAST by Kate Gibbs
What to eat, and how to cook it.

A cookbook for up-and-coming gastronomes, aspiring cooks and for those just leaving home.

A lot of good things start out with a piece of toast. Breakfast, for one. But toast is also the entrée into the kitchen for many of us. It’s the dish we first learn not to burn, or what we make when there is nobody around to cook for us. It’s a reliable culinary introduction. But what comes next?

After Toast takes aspiring cooks into the kitchen fray. Kate Gibbs, whose grandmother Margaret Fulton had her making pizza from scratch before she could see over the kitchen bench, shows young adults what to eat and how to cook. Distilling culinary advice from her own upbringing, Kate offers must-know tricks for the new-to-cooking, modernises classics and inspires an interest in healthy cooking. Basically, this is a guide to real, really awesome, food.

Recipes for crunchy, fried Mozzarella-stuffed croquettes, French roast chicken, mini Cheeseburgers and proper salads meet ideas for sprawling weekend feasts. This book raises the bar for the packed lunch, serves up new ideas on snacks, shows teens and twenty-somethings what to cook for mates or Mum, and puts an end to endless fridge searches by answering the perpetual question, ‘What can I eat?’

About Kate
Kate Gibbs is an established food and travel writer, journalist and cookbook author. She is Margaret Fulton’s granddaughter. Kate has a food column in Sunday Life magazine and writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal. She has co-authored The Foodies Guide to Sydney, and contributes to SMH Everyday Eats and the SMH Good Cafe Guide. Kate has worked as a subeditor for Australian Gourmet Traveller and written for Frankie magazine, among others. She has won awards for her writing, including a National Press Club journalism award. See her blog at

PUBLISHED: 27 August 2012 IMPRINT: Fairfax Books/Allen & Unwin CATEGORY: Food Extent: 232 pp RRP: $29.99 paperback Ebook available: Yes CONTACT: Renee Senogles ph (02) 8425 0143, mob 0418 431 495, email

91 Responses to “November Book Giveaway ~ After Toast by Kate Gibbs”

  1. Kathleen
    November 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I loved toasted bread with butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture on top! Is that really a dish?! who knows…but it was comforting

  2. November 13, 2012 at 2:00 am

    What dish did you love to cook most when you were a teenager? Lentil stew with chorizo, very common in my country, Spain! It was awful then, but I can cook a good one nowadays! This book looks awesome, there is always too much to learn :) Many thanks, Katie!

  3. Iwona Aleksandrowicz
    November 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Potato pancakes and home made french fries. Not the healthiest but how delicious!

  4. Julie Cyr
    November 13, 2012 at 2:50 am

    My favorite dish to prepare as a teenager would have to be my Grandmother’s yeast rolls. While it hardly counts as a dish, I don’t consider the traditional fare of Hamburger Helper and frozen pot pies, common in my own home growing up as a true, prepared dish!

    My Grandmother’s home was and is a sunny place filled with rest, love and peace. As a child, my friends and I would bike to her house in the summer months and pick blueberries and tomatoes from my Grandpa’s garden. I learned how to eat an onion raw like an apple standing barefoot in the rich soil between the stalks of corn and rhubarb.

    We always start the night before a holiday celebration when making yeast rolls. The dough is mixed in a well-loved Kitchen-Aid stand mixer with mashed potatoes, flour, warm milk, salt, and yeast…oh glorious yeast! It was for me the beginning of love affair for floured hands, vintage bow-tied aprons, and dizzying smells. In her kitchen, I felt like I could cook anything.

    The next day we would begin quartering the sticky dough, flouring the large wooden board where we would roll out imperfect circles of dough stretching and shrinking, cut into pie wedges, and finally cover in dripping melted butter. After rolling into tight crescent shapes they were left on the counter to rise under fresh linen towels. Once doubled in size, the house buzzing with talk and drink, they go into the oven and bake. Everyone finds a place at the table, we say grace and dive for the rolls…one after another, after another, after another. With bellies full and hearts happy we give thanks to my Grandmother.

  5. Brandi
    November 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I loved making chimichangas with my friends. Note – don’t ever pour the hot oil down the disposal…it will break it!

  6. November 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Pineapple upside-down cake!

  7. Robyn
    November 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

    HI Katie, i am still a teenager actually but i LOVE making cookies! any type will do as long as i can eat some dough then eat the baked cookies, im happy!
    thanks so much for such a great website! Love the new design by the way!

  8. November 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I spent hours baking up a “Krümeltorte” (Crumblecake) filled with cherries. It was very easy and tasted delicious! I spent lots of time in the kitchen with my girlfriend giggling and laughing and the kitchen was always a great place to be!

  9. November 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Mmmmm… I was a lazy girl and my mother was a great cook who baked great cakes. Funny, her best cookbook of that time was Margaret Fultons! (Beef Olives nom nom…. very 70′s!). So I didn’t really need to cook until I left home at 18. My favourite hangout was a flat full of rock climbers and tramping club dudes close to Uni. I used to go round there with my friend after teachers college and bake them apple sponge pudding. The way to a mans heart and all that… feckless girl!

  10. Lori A
    November 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    My friend and I often baked and our favourite was a very sweet spice cake. Eventually I made the recipe alone and it was not nearly as tasty. We had always divided the cooking by one each preparing the wet and dry ingredients; turns out we had each been adding the sugar! Guess I could really have used a book like this then.

  11. Tabatha Madden
    November 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I loved cooking choc chip cookies and double choc chip muffins. I cooked them so often I didn’t need the recipe or ingredient list to cook them it was all in my head.

    Now I want to go and cook some again

  12. November 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup!

  13. katy dolesh
    November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    cookies!! warm with ice cream and homemade fudge and caramel

  14. Taryn
    November 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Mini quiches! I learnt how to make them in food studies during high school and still make them today for any kind of entertaining!

  15. camille
    November 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Sauces – my family were/are very much meat and three veg people so I used to try and make things interesting by adding sauce!! from cheese sause to a Jus :)

  16. Maddie
    November 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I used to make cinnamon french toast every sunday morning for my family. I would scramble the extra eggs and they were cinnamon-y and hot and delicious. My dad would make the bacon, my mom would cut the fruit (usually melon), and my brother would sleep until we dragged him down the stairs for breakfast – it was a family affair!

  17. November 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm


  18. Yvonne Cornell
    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    My yummy dinner favorite to grill for my mom and her friends was a marinated flank steak with honey and tarragon. It was always a hit and now I make it for my boys. It’s best marinated for 2 days! I’m excited about the Kate & Kate giveaway this month — best of both worlds! Thank you, Yvonne :)

  19. Christina
    November 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

    hehee :) does it count if i’m still a teenager :)
    I make this so often and i’ll probably still be making this 30 years from now! It’s grilled cheese sandwiches! Sometimes with an egg or sliced tomatoes or maybe even bananas! But at the end of the day — after school it’s always a grilled cheese sandwich :)

  20. November 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

    When I was a teenager, I no doubt had the worst diet ever. I ate Totino’s Party Pizzas and loved to make Nachos for friends. They loved it because I layered the cheese within the chips. Don’t worry though, I have moved on to much bigger and better things :-) My husband loves my cooking and I get much more joy from that then just sticking something in the microwave.

  21. Mirjam
    November 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

    If the weekend started I had to bake! That wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity.
    It could be anything; but my favourites were Dutch apple pie, marble cake or “arretje-nof cake”. The last isn’t even a cake for real, but it is more putting lots of biscuits, chocolate and butter together in one piece. And that’s what a teenager need…..

  22. Maria Olsen
    November 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

    My favorites was (still is) pancakes, norwegian waffels with strawberry jam and sour cream, fried rice and spagetti bolonese :) i love your blog!

    From Maria (Norway)

  23. Hanni
    November 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I loved homemade spaghetti…made my mom’s way :)

  24. November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Unfortunately I didn’t get into cooking until my late twenties. So I would dearly love for my 9 yr old daughter to get busy in the kitchen a lot sooner than that. With the help of Kate’s book…..She will!

  25. Elise
    November 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Coca-Cola Cake and my grandmother’s recipe for biscuits (she always made them in a dog bone shape)!

  26. November 15, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I loved making tollhouse cookies for my brothers and friends at school. My brothers would forgive me any wrong or forget any fight at the sight of a pile of warm cookies just from the oven, and I can’t even tell you how quickly a box of homemade cookies disappears in a high school cafeteria! Yep, I am a cookie-baking fiend from way back. Cheers!

  27. Amanda
    November 15, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Baked salmon and crepes were something I frequently made as a teenager! It was quick, healthy and easy

  28. debbiew
    November 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

    As a teenager I loved to bake rock cakes, I loved combining the butter and flour with my fingers and they were always delicious hot from oven

  29. Alex
    November 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Banana and Butterscotch pudding! The page in the recipe book was completely stained and ruined due to overuse. My brothers and I eventually knew the recipe by heart.

  30. November 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I loved baking my grandmas cinnamon roll recipe! Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting is still my weakness :)

  31. Frieda Munz
    November 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    When I was a teenager I used to love to cook Rhubarb Crumble full of oats and cinnamon severed hot with delectable vanilla Ice cream….

  32. November 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’ll use the term ‘cook’ loosely… I always kept my freezer stocked up with single portions of enchiladas, crumbed chicken fillets and skewers from Lennards and would bake them with some steamed veg on the side. I had to kerb my poultry consumption in the end due to growing a cup size in my bras, it seems breast enlarging hormones work both on chickens and teenage girls, who’d have thought?!

    • Katie
      January 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Oh my gosh that is nuts! Are you serious?!

  33. November 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

    a simple plain omelette. to eat with some jam or a pinch of sea salt. but the best taste was when i made my little brother to prepare me one. now he makes the most incredible ones.

  34. Anne Alix
    November 16, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I was already fond of chocolate et the chocolate cake, the type with no flour so it remains soft in the inside was my best contribution to sunday lunch.
    And my daughter is now the one who makes it for our sunday lunches….

  35. Morgane Brezzo-Smith
    November 16, 2012 at 2:40 am

    This dish is not only the one I used to cook when I was a teenager but also the one I still cook when I had a difficult day. It is my comfort dish. It might be because if there is one I remember from my mom, it will be her spaghetti a la carbonara! I won’t use pancetta but “lardons” (cubes of bacon) as it is easier to find in every little French grocery stores. The “crème fraîche” is key, and it is frustrating for me, now in the US, to find it, or at a high price. Sour cream is NOT crème fraîche!!!!

  36. November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

    My go to meal was omelettes *cough* I mean frittatas… I could never figure out how to flip the damn things! Usually it was a pan packed full of mushrooms, vidalia onions and red peppers, with a side of buttery yukon gold hash browned potatoes. Missing Canadian produce right now, ain’t nothing better than a potato that naturally tastes like butter. NOM

  37. November 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    My mother was a great cook, she wasn’t a great teacher though. My father cooked breakfast on “some” Sundays. He was a teacher or good manipulater because in my teenage years he would request and talk me through making breakfast. Chorizo was my favorite and soon everyone else’s. The sausage filled our house with a wonderful smell of chili and spices found in most Mexican food. Fried potatoes cut to 1/2 inch, then a dozen eggs mixed with the hand mixture until no egg white showed but not whipped, most not all of the grease taken out of the pan after cooking the sausage, put in potatoes, pour in the eggs, slowly let the eggs cook, fluffy and soft, add a little half and half if the chili is too spicy. Fresh tortillas, please.

  38. Katie
    November 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Great answers, keep them coming and I’ll ask Kate to pick out a winner in December.

  39. talibaba
    November 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    As teenagers, my brother and I used to cook together late night, after everyone else was asleep. Usually one of us would wait up for other one to come home after a night out… and gluttony would ensue. One snack we used to make were cheese crisps: essentially grated chedder cheese cooked right on the glass plate in the microwave until it became a crunchy cracker.

    One day, years later, my brother saw a Martha Stewart recipe for baked chedder cheese straws. He claims she stole our recipe and can get worked up about it to this day.

  40. Leila
    November 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I spent so much time in the kitchen as a teenager and when I look back now I appreciate how patient and relaxed my Mother was in allowing me to make trayfuls of lammingtons during every school holidays.
    My younger sister and brothers were always happy with my efforts.
    Now all that practice has paid off and I have a wonderful family who enjoy the my cooking today.

  41. Katherine
    November 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm


    We were a “whole wheat that you have to store in the fridge/tabouleh in my oversized cooler lunchbox/brown soymilk that came in aseptic packages that you had to cut the corners off of” type of family, and there were never cookies or sugary snacks around the house. SO, basically anytime that I was left alone for over an hour, I would try to bake myself something as a replacement.

    Gingerbread was perfect because it didn’t require icing or chocolate chips or other contraband, and the strong spices would mask the unfortunate flavor of 80′s sucanat and spelt flour.

    Now I’m a baker by trade and the gingerbread pound cakes I’m baking for Thanksgiving are stuffed with sour cream, butter, and brown sugar, but every time I sample one, the taste makes me feel eight years old again.

  42. November 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    French toast and crepes :)

  43. aggie ansell
    November 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

    hi katie. the frist thing i learned to make ni food tech class at 13 were scones. these were foreign to me cause i have greek/brazilian heritage. my mum would always ask me to make them because it was novel for our family. my favourite recipe is the cream and lemonade version a tupperware sales lady demonstrated to me when i was first married 25 odd years ago.

  44. Yvonne Elliott
    November 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    My sister came home from overseas a vegetarian .. I discovered a recipe for Glamorgan sausages, made with different cheeses, onion, herbs, delicious and tasty. French toast was always a favourite, known as Eggy Breads in my family, savoury either cheese , parsely or chives and the standard condiment, tomato sauce. Yumm!!

  45. meredith ouzounian
    November 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I have loved tomatoes since I was a baby. My grandmother would constantly tell me of how remarkable it was that I would eat slices of tomato my mother would place on my tray in my high chair. She would say, “I had never before seen a baby eat tomatoes until I saw you.” So I have always integrated tomatoes into my meals, or even just eat them as I would an apple for a snack. But as a high schooler, I became obsessed with bruschetta. So that was my go to dish as a teenager.

  46. Jean Hudosn
    November 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hi Katie,
    When I was a teenager, back in Ireland, I often helped Mum to bake. She had (and still has a trusted Aga solid fuel cooker) which she bakes in every day. Sponge cakes were my favourite: made with eggs from the chickens or ducks and finished off with whipped cream and seasonal fruit from the garden. I now bake with my teenage daughter. When we return to Ireland, all three generations bake together.

  47. Stephanie
    November 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Okay. I LOVE to cook and create now (as a mature :-) adult. I did not come from a home where wonderful cuisine was served daily. True story – when my step mother would go to work my father and I would give our dog her turkey soup. Yes wasteful and I am now (sort of) ashamed. But the soup was HORRIBLE. Lead in to my culinary delight as a teenager. Drumroll please. Parmesan cooked in a microwave to make yummy crisps. I think I may have added herbs at some point.

  48. Karen
    November 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Oh I loved cooking ‘crumb biscuits’ with mum. They were Anzac biscuits, not sure why we always called them crumb biccies. I loved when you put the bicarb into the melted butter and golden syrup and the whole lot fizzed up, it was my favourite moment in the kitchen!

  49. Ellie
    November 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Chicken schnitzel with fried potatoes. Mum’s old staple and the first proper thing I ever learnt to cook. Still my fav. meal :)

  50. Julie
    November 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Despite not being a vegetarian any more at that point, I loved cooking my Mom’s vegi lasagna! It was so flavorful and the making of it involved all sort of colorful vegetables that I would never have tasted otherwise, if it wasn’t for my moms recipe. Purple eggplants, yellow squashes, red peppers, green pesto and some lovely white mozzarella, all mixed together :)
    Since my mom made it the first time, it’s been our own secret family recipe, and I haven’t met a single person that didn’t like it yet.
    …and it was one of the first real (non-cookie) recipes that I manage to actually get to taste better than the original one, so I made it quite often after that first time :)

  51. November 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite dish to prepare as a teenager was the Banana Bread I learnt to do while living with my American family in Virginia during and school exchange!! It was great, I loved it…and made me feel important at home! And ever since when I´m at my parents´ they keep on asking me to do it on and on!!! Flavors of life!!
    I hope I´ll be lucky and win the book! Thanks Katie!!!

  52. November 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I was a huge fan of Mac and Cheese when I was a teenager, although grilled Bologna sandwiches were another favorite as well. :)

  53. Madelyn
    November 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    My specialities were Mi goreng and baked cheesecake with violet crumble on top mmmmm

  54. Alexa
    November 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I was fond of food in my teenage years, but not with cooking: my favourite ,,dish” (or rather ,,thing”) would be frozen pizza placed in the owen while I was pacing around with no patience to have a first bite ;) . But I participated on my friends first serious homecook experiments: eggs and beans and pieces of bread – all placed in a pan. Delicious, indeed! :)

  55. November 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

    P&J sandwich xoxoxoxoxoxo

  56. Laura
    November 20, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Although I didn’t cook much as a teenager I did love baking ….. especially cookies….. snickerdoodles, ginger snaps, and melting moments were a few of my favorite cookie recipes. To this day I still love cookies for breakfast!

  57. kathie
    November 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Spaghetti Bol was my go to meal….and then cakes for comfort food…..all types..they made me feel at peace to bake and they still do!

  58. Em
    November 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    spag bol!

    can’t beat it really. still my all time favourite.

  59. Orlane
    November 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    As a teenager I love to help my mom cook. She wouldn’t really let us alone by the stove. So to learn I watched and helped her. I love helping with the bechamel sauce, I would help pour the milk slowly to get the right thickness. The perk I got to eat whatever stuck to the side of the pan and it was a real treat for me. I also loved help her doing her stuffed cabbage. I would mix the rice with the meat and my mom would put it into cabbage leaves and tie the thing up. This is supposedly the recipe that made win my dad’s heart!

  60. Monica
    November 21, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I loved to cook a korean dish called kimchi fried rice. Topped with a fried egg and some toasted seaweed, it’s still one of my favorite dishes!

  61. November 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I used to love to make chocolate mousse, crepes was also one of my favourite – and still is! (I’m French, that may explain why!)

  62. November 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hmmm…not sure if it was my *favorite* but I sure did cook an awful lot of pasta w/sauteed veggies.

  63. Ann
    November 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Roast chicken. salt and pepper 450 degrees (f) and 1 hour. so easy the best

  64. Rebecca Tubbs
    November 24, 2012 at 5:12 am

    My favourite thing to cook as a teenager was homemade fajita’s, with salsa, refried beans, shredded chicken, sour cream and gaucamole :) , YUM!

  65. sonya
    November 25, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I loved making golden syrup dumplings – remember those? It was the only recipe I knew how to cook and they were sooo delicious. Must make some again this weekend!

  66. Elaine
    November 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I always cooked vegetable fried rice because it was one of the first dishes my mom taught me. I also loved making French toast on Sunday mornings (and still do)!

  67. Jessica
    November 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Well, I still am a teenager, but I’ve loved to bake for as long as I can remember. I especially love making/decorating cakes.

  68. Kay
    November 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Grilled cheese and mushroom on toast.

    Oh, and chocolate self-saucing pudding.

    Both were very quick and easy (although I still did manage to burn both from time to time!)

  69. Dee
    November 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Banana Fritters, smothered in icing sugar. I swear I was addicted to them!

  70. Diana O
    November 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Scones. I had a real thing for them, but no jam and cream, back then I ate them drizzled with chocolate topping :)

  71. Ernie
    November 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Eggs, boiled or scrambled. They were all I knew how to cook, and still are the only thing I know how to cook.

  72. Liz
    November 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Well, I am a teenager and my favourite dish to cook is chicken penne pesto with sundried tomatoes and avocado! So flavoursome but delicious!

  73. Steph
    November 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    It would have to be my Nonna’s orecchiette with tomato and basil sugo. I use to spend hours helping her roll the pasta dough to form the orecchiette (although mine never looked quite as good as hers). It always felt like such an accomplishment serving the dish to my family and as simple as the flavours were it always tasted out of this world!

  74. Brian
    November 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Favourite dish was coming home from work at 10pm and putting on a quick mushroom and artichoke pizza with those frozen pizza bases and lots of mozzarella cheese… then watching episodes of Friends.

  75. November 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    It’s hard for me to pick a favourite dish since I cook all the time (I’m in my last year as a teenager), but the first thing that comes to mind is poached eggs. Once I learned how to poach eggs (I taught myself) it became one of my favourite ways to cook eggs and it still is. I enjoy having it on buttered toast or with quinoa and some steamed veggies.

  76. Angela
    November 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Pinwheel scones. I learnt how to make them at intermediate school and I use to make them most weekends. Mum was happy for me to do so!

  77. Sam Groce
    November 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    My mom make the best vegetable lasagna! I always asked for it growing up and she still makes it for me when I come home from my college apartment.

  78. Candy Ng
    November 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    My favourite teenage food is probably nutella with banana inside crepes! Love love it!

  79. Karlene
    November 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Stir fry – lots of meat and very few veges (the exact opposite way mum made it)

  80. Rebecca Rushton
    November 30, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Homemade pizzas. Pitta bread and everything possible on top. My brother and I always made them for a treat when we had a babysitter. Threw mattresses on the floor in front of the tv and had a pizza slumber party.

  81. November 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I used ot love making Chocolate Log Cake with rich chocolate icing, sprinkled with coconut. A family favourite!

  82. Jasmine1485
    November 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Nothing very complicated I’m afraid, although I did earn acclaim from my best friend for my varied Pizza Toasted Sandwich creations! Anything you can think of that goes on a pizza, I probably tried it on my toasted sandwich maker. :)

  83. Renee Ballantyne
    November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Pancakes, my dad used to eat them as i was cooking so i had to keep cooking until he was full and then cook some or the rest of us

  84. Nicole
    December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    My mums home made pickled beetroot with homegrown tomatoes on white bread or toast with butter and lots of salt and ground black pepper. I had them for lunch all through primary school and high school, and after any late nights. I think my mother used to despair at how many school shirts I ruined with beetroot.

    thanks for a great website. I made you roast beef with salsa verde and the quinoa, lentil bean salad – amazing thank you

    cant wait to do the rosemary ad blood orange cake

  85. December 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    You see Katie, when I was a teenager my Mama still makes lunch for me at school and I loved it. At that time, my Mama taught to cook some Filipino dishes even desserts. One thing I could remember making was my Mama have me guttering all the fresh fish she bought (yes@ from scaling to, you know!) and fry it. and for the leftovers we make, a broth + fish sauce and all those things with egg then put in the fish and now we have soup! :) (+ fish)

  86. Julita
    December 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway!
    Well, I’m still a teenager and my favorite thing to cook is pizza. It makes a great family dinner and we usually make it once a week.

  87. Chelsea Jo
    December 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    My favorite dish to cook when I was a teenager was lumpia. Once I learned how to make it, no one could stop me. Or eat more than me.

  88. cinzia
    January 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

    living in Italy my favourite dishes were small pizzas in different ways or focaccia(cheese focaccia)

  89. January 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Mine were chocolate chip cookies, and it soon became my thing. They were ever since called “Carli´s Choc Chip” and ended up in my mum´s family cookbook as well. This year, 15 years later, after going back home (now living abroad) I cooked them for my friends & their kids.

  90. Marina
    January 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    French toast was my thing. Still making it, but a bit more ‘flash’ now with panettone and ricotta, etc.

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