Post Script: The Dinner Ladies Fill You Fridge and Freezer – Sophie Gilliatt & Katherine Westwood


Fill Your Fridge and Freezer 170+ Recipes to Cook Now and Eat Later

Sophie Gilliatt & Katherine Westwood

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743365854



Stock your fridge or freezer with nourishing dinners that can be made ahead

The evening, when time and patience are at their shortest, can be the worst part of the day to throw a meal together. And then there are the unexpected mouths to feed: a friend with a new baby, an elderly family member, a couple of uninvited ravenous teenagers.


Enter the Dinner Ladies, the fearsomely organised duo bringing delicious peace to busy households. They are the mistresses of stocked-up fridges and freezers thanks to a wide-ranging repertoire of nourishing, reliable make-ahead meals.


Family-friendly favourites dominate: there are spiced slow-cooked lamb shanks; warming curries; veggie-focused ‘thinner dinners’; and easy desserts that may not make it as far as the table, such as apricot, raspberry and coconut crumble or chocolate mint honey pots.


Welcome the Dinner Ladies to your kitchen and reclaim your evenings.


Author bio:


The Dinner Ladies are Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine Westwood. They first met at the school gate in 2007 and came up with the idea of preparing dinners for time-poor friends so that they would always have good homemade food in their fridges and freezers. What started as a back shed project has now grown to a fleet of delivery trucks dropping off thousands of delicious home-cooked meals every week to hungry households in their home city of Sydney.


Between them, the Dinner Ladies have two husbands and seven children of varying sizes, appetites and degrees of fussiness. There’s not much they don’t know about pleasing a tricky crowd.


My View:

This is a must have book for your kitchen library!

Last night I had a read through – we are having a shared plate/easy supper with our daughters tonight and I was looking for inspiration – I go it in bucket loads – and I haven’t even reached the dessert section yet!


So on my list thus far:

Chickpea and Coriander Burgers

Hummus (hommus)

Wimmera Grain Salad (barley & green lentils predominate)

Super Foods Salad

Meatballs or koftas – not sure yet both are tempting…


So that is tonight sorted. But this book has so much more to offer – (Chocolate Mint Honeypots aside ) so many great recipes that will keep in the fridge for a few days, recipes great for the freezer, slow cooked meals, thinner dinners, sweet and easy desserts…and my favourite  section super tasty  “spice and five”.


This is a keeper!

Post Script – Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School – Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw's Asian Cookery School

Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School

Adam Liaw

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733634307



ADAM LIAW’S ASIAN COOKERY SCHOOL is your guide to simple and traditional Asian home cooking. More than just a recipe book, it will teach you about the ingredients and techniques of the Asian kitchen for a complete understanding of how you can create authentic Asian flavours.


Each chapter in this beautifully designed and exquisitely photographed cookbook is a lesson that will improve your cooking, with practical recipes designed to try out your new skills. Adam explains the heart and soul of Asian cuisines through hundreds of tips and insights and the kind of small wisdoms passed down from generation to generation that you would never find in a recipe alone. With his help, it won’t take long for homemade Dumplings, Pad Thai, Crispy Skin Chicken, Lemongrass Beef and Green Tea Ice Cream to become your new everyday family favourites.


If you love Asian food, this is the cookbook you need in your home kitchen.



My View:

Adam Liaw is a Masterchef Australia winner, author and a former lawyer and television presenter. He has written several very well received cook books including Two Asian Kitchens, Asian After Work and Adam’s Big Pot, I do not doubt that this current book Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School will also be a big success.


Elements that get my tick of approval is this fabulous book;

√ Great photos

√ Easy to make, graded step by step cooking lessons

√ A guide to sauces/flavours/rice and noodles

√ An equipment guide for the Asian kitchen

√ Fresh, tasty, quick and easy to make recipes –  there is something for everyone’s taste here.

√ The book includes everyone’s favourite Asian dish Pad Thai! (And my new favourite Spinach in Sesame Dressing)