Book giveaway: Building a Perfect Meal + free recipes

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The concept of this book is simple: start with a basic recipe and then elevate it into something spectacular with the addition of a few more ingredients.

Michelle Tchea’s lovely new book is for the novice cook, though more experienced cooks will find it useful too. From simple yet tasty bites such as French Toast and Crispy Potato Croquettes to more substantial dishes such as Pan-fried Seafood Bites with Horseradish Mayonnaise and Creamy Dreamy Seafood Stew, this collection of 100 recipes is put together with lots of love and commonsense.

Michelle is a qualified biomedical scientist who specialises in research and development in the food and beverage industry. Clearly she knows a thing or two about food. Michelle has very kindly allowed us to share some of her delicious recipes too (check out the Beetroot Cake with Chocolate Ganache, pictured above). See below for more details.

Building a Perfect Meal by Michelle Tchea
Penguin; ISBN 9789814351577
RRP NZ$37.00 or phone +64 (0)9 442 7400 / fax +64 (0)9 442 7401.

Building a Perfect Meal book giveawayGIVEAWAY!!
We have 1 copy of Building a Perfect Meal to give away. TO GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A COPY, all you have to do is post a comment below. Anything will do. You can just say hello, if you like. Though we’d love to read your thrifty tips for the kitchen.



For DELICIOUS RECIPES from the book, including Spicy Curry Puffs, Curry Stuffed Flatbread, Avocado and Salmon Tasters, and Beetroot Cake with Chocolate Ganache, click on PAGE 2 below the sharing icons.

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  1. Paulette says

    Hello…love the latest issue of Sweet Living!
    Thanks for all your hard work!

  2. This book look fabulous

  3. I’d love this book, I’ve just brought my 1st home.
    After using lemons for their juice and zest through the rest of the lemon down the garbage disposal for a fresher smell.

  4. Mel Doogan says

    Looks like a great book, Can never have too many!

  5. Please pop me in the draw

  6. What a fantastic book – count me in 🙂

  7. Thanks again for another fabulous giveaway!

  8. I love cookbooks and can’t afford to buy them as often as i’d like – so it would be wonderful if I was lucky enough to win this

  9. Tania Hooper says

    Love, love , love this online book. I go over and over them each time I get the email. Thanks

  10. that beetroot cake looks interesting. I’ve made one before but it just had raw grated beetroot in it. Was very moist!

  11. Jeanie TM says

    Oh divine! Must try those curry puffs. We bought a cheap pie maker recently. For a quick lunch-time snack, we use leftovers to make yummy, reasonably healthy pies. Mince pies, curry pies, even lamb stew pies. Or you can use your fruit preserves to make fruit pies.

  12. Will be trying the Curry Stuffed Flatbread recipe – looks yum!

  13. Rebekah Taylor says

    I make our meals last several days (with 2 adult males, 3 adult females and a school ager)… I make a large roast lamb, then make a shepherds pie with the leftovers… or make roast chickens then pie, then soup…. makes meals last and everyone loves pie!

  14. Leslie Whitehead says

    What a fantastic book Id love to win a copy.

  15. Deborah Brown says

    Looks fantastic can never have too many cookbooks

  16. Jade Turrall says

    Looks like a great book!

  17. ck smith says

    please count me in … my cooking would improve with this book

  18. I have this book – it is great!!
    The author has a facebook page – jump on – she always shares recipes and stories on her travels

  19. To freeze your surplus feijoa’s wipe them over and place them in ice cream containers. No need to pulp them first if time is short (or your having a race against the possums to see who gets the most first!).

    I would love to dive into this cookbook!

  20. Beetroot Cake with Chocolate Ganache !! OMG

  21. Still trying to make the perfect meal, need all the help I can get!

  22. I need all the help I can get in the kitchen so this book would be very helpful

  23. Marilyn Samuels says

    Oh my gosh. Must try the beetroot cake! I have made chocolate zucchini cake, carrot cake and pumpkin pie, so why not beetroot cake? Delish!

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