Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, although the weather here in the UK has been milder than expected, it has generally been cold and miserable. So I have definitely still be in the mood for hearty, comforting food. First up, soup:
Red Lentil and Bacon Soup
Hairy Dieters 4 – Soups and Starters – Page 47
A hearty, comforting soup of bacon and red lentils with a good, healthy portion of onion, pepper and ‘super food’ sweet potato in too. Really easy to make and one bowl filled me up nicely which left 4 portions to freeze, so yummy work lunches too!
Then I find there is nothing more comforting and warming than a hot and spicy one-pot of goodness, so I tried these new recipes:
Hairy Dieters 3 – Friday Night Suppers – Page 60
A super simple dish to make with a lovely blend of onions, aubergine, courgette, mushrooms and green beans cooked in a simple, tomato curry sauce. Which is tasty, full of fibre and very good for the waistline. Could be served as a main with rice, as I did for me and my vegetarian friend, or as a side to a meat dish.
Chilli Con Carne
Hairy Dieters 1 – Pasta & Rice – Page 163
A rich, meaty dish with a delicious mixture of herbs and spices: chilli powder, cumin, coriander, oregano and bay. This recipe helpfully had the option to make this hot or mild; I went hot! A simple recipe with great results – I will definitely be making chilli this way again.
Coconut Prawn Curry
Hairy Dieters 1 – Fakeaways – Page 143
A lighter version of a Keralan curry, which is a Hairy Biker favourite. I have never eaten one before so wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out it is yummy with a creamy, tangy, sweet flavour and super simple to make. The recipe calls for medium curry paste – I am tempted to go hotter next time I make it!
(Keralan Chicken Curry – I edited the above prawn curry, with the help of a recipe out of the Co-op magazine, to make a hotter chicken version. ***)
Hairy Dieters 2 – Along Sides – Page 179
When I have a naughty take-away curry I love to have mushroom pilau rice with it, so I was thrilled to find a lighter version from the Hairy Bikers. Super simple to make and absolutely scrumptious – I served it alongside the Keralan Chicken Curry above.
So pleased with all the recipes I have tried over the last two months and I look forward to many more. I am also excited about reading my new cookbook: Jamie’s 30-minute Meals By Jamie Oliver.
Do you fancy any of these recipes?
What cookbooks are you reading? Have you tried any new recipes?