My fellow bookworms, there is one other thing I love as much as books and adaptations, and that is food! I am lucky enough to have all four of the Hairy Dieters cookbooks, from the nation’s beloved ‘Hairy Biker’ chefs. I am not looking to lose weight particularly but I do want to be healthier and I love how down-to-earth and well balanced these recipes are.
While the sun has not always been out the weather has definitely warmed up here in the UK, so the time was ripe to try these new salad recipes:
Simple Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad
Book 1 – Lunchboxes & Snacks – Page 186
I have made a form of tuna pasta salad since my basic cooking lessons back at school. This recipe cuts down on the pasta, ramps up the salad content and puts a healthy twist on the dressing. Simple to make, delicious and perfect for lunches and picnics (I have made this twice already).
Prawn Pasta Salad
Book 2 – Along Sides – Page 184
Similar to the tuna salad above, this recipe cuts down on the pasta, ramps up the salad content and lightens up the seafood dressing. Simple to make, yummy and perfect for lunch boxes and picnics – this is another one I will be making again.
My family and I love a curry, we often treat ourselves to a takeaway on a Friday night but they can often be unhealthy and rather expensive. As a replacement these are the latest ‘fakeaway’ recipes I’ve tried:
Book 2 – More Fab Fakeways – Page 104
A full flavoured, medium heat curry which was a great substitute for an Indian takeaway. A little more practice on the prep and this will be a brilliant staple curry recipe to have under my belt.
Very Easy Thai Chicken and Coconut Curry
Book 1 – Fakeaways – Page 144
I’ve never cooked Thai food before but I thought this light version of a classic Thai curry would be a nice change. They don’t lie in the title either, this was very easy to make and it was tasty too.
I recently got my hands on Hairy Dieters: Fast Food, which is the 4th cookbook, and I am currently reading through Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming recipes from them too.
Do you fancy any of these recipes?
What cookbooks are you reading? Have you tried any new recipes?