Posts Tagged ‘cookbook’

During shows, my assistant and I encounter leftover items that we do not want to throw out.  During the Siouxland Renaissance Festival in 2006, we encountered post-breakfast issue of having leftover hard boiled eggs and rice porridge.  By combining them with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), spices, and other vegetables, we came up with this tasty dish that tastes great served with some pita bread.Egg salad

This past weekend at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, we altered this traditional recipe and used leftover couscous instead and it was a favorite!

This dish is especially good made in bulk and used for lunches at work.  It’s cost effective, healthy, and tasty.  Enjoy!

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced into disks
1 cup of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
2 cups of cousous (as in photo)
3 green onions or 1 large leek, diced or 1/2 red onion or 2 shallots
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 – 1/2 TB yellow curry powder
1 TB cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp of sesame or olive oil
2 TB cilantro
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
* A dried pepper powder may be added if you need more spiciness.

Blend all together in a single bowl wooden or ceramic. Let sit for an hour and stir again. Serve in some pita bread. DO NOT PREPARE THIS RECIPE IN A METAL BOWL!! The metal bowl will affect the flavor of the salad.

It should be a very mild curried egg salad. If you require more spice, feel free to add peppers or chili oil at will. I encourage experimentation.

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A new cookbook & an older one

   Posted by: anj68    in Appearances, News

Well my fans, I’ve been rather busy working on a new cookbook.  I learned a lot from the last one and I wanted to improve what I had, offer friendlier prices, and provide quality cookbooks that I could be proud of producing. 

To view both cookbooks, click HERE.

As you can see, the cookbooks are offered in a soft-cover, hard-cover and an e-book format.  They are both being reviewed by iTunes and I should know in the next month or so if they will be accepted. 

If you like what I do, please consider purchasing a cookbook or two as it helps fund my research, my writing, and it validates what I do.  :)

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me or ask me questions.  I love to hear from my fans.

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A photography contest

   Posted by: anj68    in News

Would you like to win one of Alice the Cook‘s autographed, hard cover cookbooks and one of her hand crafted spice blends?

Alice the Cook is hosting a photography contest.  Photograph Alice the Cook, one of her assistants, their kitchen, and/or one of their dishes and post it on the Alice the Cook’s facebook fan page and you will be entered into a drawing.  Photos must must be taken at the 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

The winner will be announced in early October.  Photos already submitted already qualify for this contest.

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First Weekend Shows

   Posted by: anj68    in Appearances, News

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I am posting out first weekend’s show schedule.  Once the weekend shows have been decided, I will be posting it here and on my facebook page at

11:00am – Spice Blends lecture (learning how to make curry, garam masala, and ras el hanout in your own kitchen)

12:30pm – Cooking demonstration:  Italian Calamari with Squid Ink Pasta

2:00pm – History of spices lecture (how they were used and where did they come from)

4:00pm – Cooking demonstration: Pizza Making (history, dough making, etc.)

We are adding a 5:00pm show on seasoning your cast iron pots and wooden utensils after the first weekend, but we may be having a run through first weekend. 

Four versions of our self-produced cookbooks and a limited number of our hard-cover cookbook will be for sale.  FOr a limited time, we will be selling our 2011 souvineer cookbook that contains all of the recipes we demonstrated last year at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  We have plenty of room for seating and shade to enjoy. We hope to see you there!



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   Posted by: anj68    in community, giving back, history, News

This past season and year have been amazing.  First, I became the official food writer for “Renaissance Magazine.” 

Second, despite the weather, the appearance at Siouxland was well wmrf090913143orth it between the demonstrations and cookbook sales.  The cold and rainy weather did not diminish our spirits!

Third, we experienced some amazing weather at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  There was no rain until final weekend.  The demos went well, fed an average of 100 people each day, amd sold more cookbooks.  Also, the community kitchen in which we help feed the cast members, were nominated and received the “Best Group Award” in 2009 at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  We were touched by everyone’s generosity and kindness; we couldn’t have done it without your help. 

I almost forgot to add that I also won a $100 gift certificate for my website as part of a Passion and Quality campaign.

We plan on returning in 2010.  Thank you all.

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