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, and I have not long finished reading through Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie.
With the mixed weather, we invariably get here in the UK, this summer I have been eating salads but I have also tried these more hearty recipes from The Hairy Dieters:
Spicy Bean and Vegetable Stew
Book 1 – Stews – Page 97
My best friend has recently become a vegetarian, so when she came round recently I cooked this really hearty and comforting stew which is substantial enough to please veggies and meat eaters alike. I served it with a good lump of carrot, potato and cauliflower mash. Yum!
Book 1 – Stews – Page 101
Looking to use some chicken thighs I had in the freezer I decided to try this low-calorie version of the popular Romanian dish of Paprikash. I’ve never tried it before, but I love paprika and I already had most of the ingredients in so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Tasty and easy to make – I will definitely be making this again.
Rich and Meaty Bolognese
Book 1 – Pasta & Rice – Page 164
A hearty, classic dish of mince beef and veggies slow-cooked in a rich herby, tomato sauce – if you are dieting they suggest serving this on a bed of lightly cooked cabbage or a small portion of pasta. I am no stranger to cooking bolognese, however I liked the addition of chilli flakes and courgette in this recipe and I will be making it this way again.
My family, friends 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 here is the latest recipe I have tried, this time from Jamie Oliver:
My Sag Aloo
Save with Jamie – Veg Recipes – Page 36
A classic Indian dish of spicy potato and spinach that could be served as a side to a curry or as a meal in it’s on right. As Jamie recommends, I served it wrapped in lettuce leaves with a good dollop of raita (mint and cucumber yoghurt) on top. Simple to make, cheap, well balanced and delicious.
I also recently got my hands on Hairy Dieters: Fast Food, which is the 4th cookbook, which I still need to read through. So keep your eyes peeled for upcoming recipes from that as well as the other cookbooks.
Do you fancy any of these recipes?
What cookbooks are you reading? Have you tried any new recipes?