Since hubby and I moved overseas, we don't do anywhere near as much entertaining as we used to which I really miss. BUT we are about to be hit with numerous visitors over the next month or so which has motivated me to dust off my cook books and look for some inspiration! I can't say I ever really 'follow' a recipe (my taste buds usually find something missing) but I do love looking through beautiful cookbooks for ideas that I can use as a base and then transform into my own.
One of my favourite cookbook authors is fellow Aussie, Donna Hay. Her recipes are SO easy to follow, focus on basic but yummy ingredients and are always so beautifully styled and photographed... being able to visualise the end result is always a big help to us wannabe chefs.
Hand drawn placemats.
Along with her website (which you should add to your 'favourites' toolbar if your haven't already), a MUST have for your cookbook collection is Donna Hay's 'Instant Entertaining'. I cannot tell you how many times I have referred to this book and even just enjoyed looking at the gorgeous images... a bible for any of you who love entertaining! And with the festive season just around the corner, what better time to pop on your apron, pull out your cook books and start working on a masterpiece of a menu! Happy cooking! x