Cookbooks: February 2017


Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, the recent weather here in the UK has been cold and miserable. This sort of weather calls for some hearty, comforting recipes so I tried these:

Leek & Potato Soup
Save with Jamie – Bonus Recipes – Page 263

A simple and easy to make recipe that serves two, although I doubled up on all the ingredients to make sure I would have extra portions to freeze. I served it as suggested with toast and a poached egg on top, which made for a filling and warming week day meal.


Rich Beef and Ale Casserole
Hairy Dieters 1 – Stews – Page 106

Using lean meat and only one tbsp. oil, Dave and Si have created this healthier version of a classic stew. Not having a large enough pot made this a little fiddly for me to make, however it was well worth it because it was delicious. Serve alone or with leeky mash, yum!


Turkey Chilli
Hairy Dieters 3 – Family Favourites – Page 48

I love these guys’ regular chilli recipe and I now regularly make it, so I decided to try this turkey version with chipotle paste in for a change. It was simple to make and it made for a delicious change.


Over the month, I have also re-made The Hairy Biker’s scrumptious Chilli Con Carne, Red Lentil and Bacon Soup and Very Easy Thai Chicken and Coconut Curry .

Then in contrast to those big hearty dishes, I had a go at making my own hummus:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Hairy Dieters 1 – Lunchboxes & Snacks – Page 197

I love hummus but bought pots can be really high in fat and salt, so I was thrilled when I spotted this recipe. There is a few steps to making this: preparing the peppers, onion, chilli and spices, however then it is whizzed altogether with the chickpeas in a food processor. Serve with vegetable sticks or, as I like, on top of a rice cake…or two.


Again, I am really pleased with all the recipes I have tried over the last month. I also have new-to-me cookbooks: Jamie’s 30-minute Meals By Jamie Oliver and Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka still to read.

Do you fancy any of these recipes?

What cookbooks are you reading? Have you tried any new recipes?


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