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I have always loved cooking and I really like trying different flavours and cuisines. I am a devoted chocoholic, cheesecake and cupcake fanatic although I enjoy making savoury dishes as well.
I love reading and love Jane Austen and science fiction of all types.
My biggest peeve is that here on Recipezaar, a great number of recipes use canned, processed or packaged foods. While I appreciate the need for short cuts as much as any working mother, I am always disappointed when a promising recipe turns out to be a clever mix of tinned and pre-packaged products. I believe they are extremely unhealthy and contain all manner of preservatives and sugars. So I would encourage all novice chefs to cook from scratch as the flavours are unparalleled.
I would also like to note that I never leave a rating lower than 3 stars. If something doesn't work, I prefer to leave comments especially if I have had to make substitutions. So for me:
3 stars is a good recipe which may be easy to prepare or a variation made with some shortcuts. Enjoyable to eat but probably wouldn't make again unless tweaked.
4 stars for me is a really great recipe without any major changes. A solid recipe which I would remake happily.
5 stars is a fabulous recipe which I consider outstanding in its category. No changes needed, perfect as it is.
Anything I have rated 6 stars or more (in my comments) means something I will tell everybody about, definitely make at my next dinner party and force everyone to try no matter how conservative in their food tastes.
My favourite foods are 'pastitsio', moussaka, stuffed peppers, marinated octopus and freshly-caught fish cooked over hot coals.
My favourite desserts are chocolate layer cake, chocolate fudge cake, pavlova, my sister's cherry topped chilled cheesecake,chocolate truffles and 'ekmek kataifi'.