Some words of thanks and congratulation

Over the past week or two, I’ve noticed quite a bit of traffic on this blog from unusual sources. The usual sources/suspects are a couple of blogs who link to me (thanks, you know who you are!) and Google searches with a variety of interesting search terms. The scariest one to date was a search for three words which came up with my site – the three offending words occur in "stuffed fillet on the barbecue", "a South African cooking abroad" and "into the mouths of babes". You can decide which three words they were. Suffice it to say, my site was the only family site among a host of really, erm, adult sites!!

But I digress. The reason for the traffic from unusual sources was that three other blogs recently and very kindly mentioned Cooksister in their posts:

* On 6 October Kiplog’s FoodBlog added me to their list of food blogs to check out (and I’m flattered, given the company on their list!)

* On 18 October Ronald from LoveSicily and Is My Blog Burning? mentioned my sandwich moan in his Weekly Leftovers

* On 23 October Barrett at Too Many Chefs mentioned my gnocchi adventures in his Posts of the Week

Thanks, guys!!

OK, so much for the thanks – moving swiftly on to the congratulations! As readers of this blog will know, I have an Italian sister-in-law, Paola, who is a great cook. Last week my local newspaper back home featured an article in the weekly women’s supplement about the cookbook that Paola and her niece Megan have produced! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Italian club in my hometown and to raise funds for the local Italian community, Paola and Megan have put together a book of tried and tested Italian recipes. Most are family recipes, but others were collected from the local Italian community. The book is called Nonna’s Cookbook (literally Grandma’s cookbook) and covers everything you need for an Italian feast – from antipasti through pasta, risotto, meat, seafood and vegetables to desserts, plus a section on pesto and sauces. The book is illustrated with Megan’s evocative black and white photographs of her travels through Italy and is on sale at ZAR30 a copy from the Italian Club, tel. +27 (0)41 367 1811.

Well done, ladies!!

You can just imagine what the stocking-filler of choice is going to be in our family this Christmas!! 😉

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