Mandy Wrangles_2_tnBake, Sizzle and Simple are three new bite-sized cookbooks from Valli Little and the team behind Australian food magazine, delicious.

sizzle simpleI have Sizzle and Simple from the collection, and can guarantee I’ll also be checking out Bake in the near future. While these cookbooks might be small, they each contain sixty recipes – all of them simple and achievable even for those who aren’t so awesome in the kitchen. The layout is clear, with one recipe and the corresponding colour photo across each double page spread. The gorgeous photos alone are enough to get you cooking.

Sizzle concentrates on food that, well, sizzles! Hot flame cooking. BBQ and grill. This one is definitely for the carnivores, though it does have a small number of vegetarian recipes. Dishes are drawn from cuisines all over the world, and while a couple are more decadent main meals, most are easy brunches or mid-week meals. There’s Eye Fillet Steak with Raspberry Sauce, Salmon Skewers with Fennel and Orange Salad, Tuna Wasabi Burgers, Strawberry and Brie Sandwiches and Fried Eggs with Bacon Jam. Yes, you read that right. Bacon Jam. With ingredients like bourbon and brewed espresso. Oh, my… I think I’ll be checking that one out first…

Simple is just as the title portrays. Simple, fast recipes that rely on pantry staples such as pasta, rice or couscous and match them with fresh ingredients. See? Simple. There’s twists on the old standards like Spaghetti and Mussels, Homestyle Meatloaf and Singapore Noodles. Then there’s the Macadamia Crumbed Chicken Strips with salsa, Prawn, Chilli and Pesto Pizza and the Lamb and Haloumi Sausage Rolls. Like Sizzle, Simple also has a small number of vegetarian dishes.

Bake, Sizzle and Simple join Spice, Indulge and Slow in this series of mini-books. You’ll find loads of inspiration between the pages, and their small size makes them easy to store in an easy-to-access kitchen cupboard or shelf.

Sizzle and Simple

by Valli Little and the delicious team

Sizzle ISBN – 978-0-7333-3363-7

Simple ISBN – 978-0-7333-3364-4

ABC Books

 

 

 

 

 



SONY DSCIntroducing Belinda Hamilton:

How long have you been writing for MDPWeb, why did you join the group, and what do you like about being part of it?

I started writing for Marianne in 2009-ish putting out her e-newsletters. It turned into guest blogging, then reviewing. I was so impressed with Marianne for her drive to give a hand to the up and coming that I grabbed hold of the offer and ran with it.

I love the fact our crew is diverse in age, culture, and we’re flung pretty far across the globe. If I do say so myself, I think we’re pretty lucky to have Marianne to bring us all together.

What creative piece are you working on, and what author would you liken your work too?

Currently, my brain is numb from real life getting in my way. In my day dreams I write paranormal fantasy and would love it to be akin to Keri Arthur, or Yasmine Galenorn.

What book have you most enjoyed reviewing for MDPWeb?

This is a hard one. I have discovered SO many new authors, like Jennifer E Smith, and Ben Chandler. I got my hubby hooked on Monster High thanks to the Lisi Harrison books about the dolls. But I think probably the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and getting the chance to meet Laini Taylor was pretty damn epic.

What’s your favourite thing to do in your downtime?

Read, watch tv, head to the movies and hit the farmers markets.

Is there somewhere else online/in bookstores we can find your work?

Vision antho coverWhen I was president of Vision Writers, we put out an anthology to celebrate 18 years of our group meeting. I don’t have a story in there but it’s still my baby.

What’s your favourite TV series?

Gilmore Girls is my go to when I’m in need of a pick me up.

Who or what is your current crush?

Travis Fimmel could give me his icy Viking glare any day of the week, and Johnny Depp, well, that’s just a given.

 

Bio:

Belinda Hamilton is a 30 something wife and Mum of one. She attributes her love of books to her Mum and hearing the phrase, “The more you interrupt me, the longer it will take,” more times than most kids.

She is a sucker for a beautiful cover, and loves a happy ending, but by-golly, don’t let the prince do all the saving. Darwin’s theory needs to apply, even in high fantasy.



barnett_terrible twoMiles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to lift his game. It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.

 

Miles is the new boy in school, and having been famous at his old school for his pranks, he intends to use those talents to impress. When he arrives and finds that there is already a school prankster, he becomes determined to out prank him and win the glory of popularity. However, what he comes to find out is that the current prankster at school is anonymous. They do their pranks just for the results, instead of for the recognition.

Miles’s new school has had a long line of principals from the same family. It is a tradition that is passed on from father to son and they are very proud of running a tight ship. They already know of Miles’s past at his previous schools and have their eyes set on him and him alone when things go crazy.

Eventually, the two pranksters, after playing pranks on each other, decide to call a truce, and Miles begins to get schooled in the precise ways to play the best pranks while making a friend and cohort along the way. From cars on staircases to fake parties and rubber chickens, The Terrible Two shows us some very elaborate and hilarious pranks; along with illustrations and guidelines, we learn that to be a perfect prankster is an art, not a hobby.

I found the story to be very funny and reminiscent of Roald Dahl. It entertaining and fun with some lessons to be learned I recommend this book for the kids out there who like outrageous comedy and quirky story telling.

Hardcover, 218 pages

Published January 13th 2015 by Amulet Books (first published January 1st 2015)

ISBN

1419714910 (ISBN13: 9781419714917)

 



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In Atlantis Rising, Promi and Atlanta saved their homeland by transforming it into the magical island of Atlantis. They had hoped that would keep it out of the clutches of the evil spirit warlord Narkazan. But Narkazan has returned, more determined than ever to conquer the spirit realm and Atlantis as well. Will the destiny of the mystical isle lie in the boat of Greek sailors who wash up on shore? The powers of the ethereal oceanglass? Or will the growing bond between Promi and Atlanta cause the strongest magic?

With his trademark action, adventure and suspense, master of fantasy T.A. Barron explores the magical world of Atlantis and how its inhabitants’ actions sow the seeds of its destruction.

 

I had such a fun time reading this story, it took me right back to my early childhood. It was full of excitement, magic, creatures of all kinds and was hugely entertaining. I have to admit that I haven’t read the first book yet, but it turned out to be completely unnecessary. The reader is filled in with all the information we need to enjoy this book on its own. Although the ending does leave you a bit stranded, I promise you will want to carry on with the series!

Promi has been travelling to Atlantis by crossing the veil, but his actions have carelessly left holes making it vulnerable to attack, not only from the spirit realm, but also the human realm on the other side. Promi is stubborn regarding his visits to Atlantis because that is where Atlantia is. His parents caution him that the worn veil can be a great danger to everybody, but he does not want to believe them. His love for Atlantia is stronger than his faith in his parents (for reasons given in the story). When Promi’s sister is kidnapped and the news of Narkazan has returned, he is pulled in several directions and must save his sister.

The writing in this story is purely magical. The visuals that it offered really opened up my imagination to an exciting new world of ideas. As I was reading this story, inspiration took me over; the style was perfect and the descriptions even better. We get to follow the stories of different characters as the narrative takes us from the spirit realm to what is happening on Atlantis. Even though Promi is going through a bit of a stubborn period, the other characters are all very strong, mostly female and very good role models.

There are magical elements to the story, especially when we follow Atlantia who resides in the forest that protects her. She lives in an over-protecting acorn shell and the faeries help keep guard. When she needs help, she can always call upon the trees and animals to help protect her. There was very little about this story that I didn’t like and I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.



Chris GlabbIf you’ve read a handful of my other posts, or even just a few, you’ll probably know that I’m 100% all for self expression through fashion, the way one looks, and portrays themselves.

So naturally, I’m also all for pastel coloured hair. I just love the whole idea of standing out among when in a group, and feeling unique on the inside and outside.

I thought I’d just write a simple post showcasing a few of my favourite colours of pastel hair. :) enjoy.

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https://www.pinterest.com/leitalawlz/pastel-pink-hair/

COC_hair 2

http://burtongirls.burton.com/fitness/diy-pastel-hair/

COC_hair 3

http://porqueyolovalgohedicho.blogspot.ca/2015/04/hair-color-trends-2015-uk.html

Now, of course let’s not forget about the men! And more specifically about me! Yes, in the near future I will be dying my hair a pastel colour. I’m thinking a grey-ish/silver colour similar to this one.

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https://www.pinterest.com/azastarr2000/hair

My other mens faves include these:

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/208643395208644003/

coc_Hair 7

https://www.pinterest.com/trevorread/hair/

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/502855114620015759/

Chris :)


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