Cookbooks: July – August 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, over the summer break from school/work these are the recipes I tried:

Chicken Caesar Salad
Hairy Dieters 1 – Vegetables & Salads – Page 115

A hearty, classic salad that I had never tried before. I found the salad, chicken and croutons easy to make, however the dressing was tricky and to be honest I wasn’t a big fan of the dressing once I had managed to make it. So overall a perfectly edible salad but not to my personal taste. Okay recipe.


Easy Chicken Bake
Hairy Dieters 2 – Family Favourites – Page 62

A colourful one-tray meal, which is easy to prep and even easier to cook. Consisting of simple stuffed chicken breasts cooked nestled within a tray of roughly chopped veggies. I popped it in the oven, left it for half an hour and returned to a delicious, healthy family meal. I will definitely be making this again. Great recipe.


My family love a curry, so as well as remaking a spicier version of the Coconut Prawn Curry, I had a go at this new recipe too:

Turkey Keema Peas
Hairy Dieters 4 – Quick Feasts – Page 127

This is a lighter version of the traditional keema pea curry, which swaps the fattier lamb mince for leaner turkey mince. The mince and peas are cooked in a mild mixture of onion, spices, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and coconut milk. Really easy and quick to make and tasty; I simply served with plain brown rice. Good recipe.


Finally, this last recipe isn’t technically from a cookbook, however the Co-op Food magazines have some wonderful recipes in and this is another one I just had to share:

Scottish Salmon Risotto
Co-op Food – July Edition – Page 37

A light, summery risotto which is delicious, speedy to make and full of the good stuff; perfect served with a light side salad and a glass of wine. Before, I’d been nervous of making risotto for myself, but I needn’t have worried as this was super easy to make and it is another dish I will definitely be making again. Great recipe.

Plus after my dad returned from his holiday to Tenerife, I made Spanish Tomato Bread from a recipe I cut out of a much older edition of the Co-op magazine. It turned out delicious and helped to reawaken my dad’s sunny memories of his holiday. In fact, it went so well I have already made it twice.


Also in August, I remade the Veggie Bean Burgers which I first made during a bbq back in June. As it was during cooler weather this time though, I cooked them in the oven and they turned out even better than last time.

Overall, I think I have had another good month of cooking and I look forward to more, especially as I am now reading Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka and I have Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver, which I am very excited about, lined up to read too.

Do you fancy any of these recipes?

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

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8 thoughts on “Cookbooks: July – August 2017

  1. Love a chicken Caesar salad. The Hairy Dieters book has been on my wish list for a while. Currently using Jamie’s 5 ingredient book bc the recipes are easy and can be done on a week night.

    1. Deborah, I am pleased to hear you are enjoying Jamie’s 5 ingredient recipe book, it’s great to have easy and yummy recipes for in the week, and I hope you are able to try The Hairy Dieter recipe books 🙂

  2. I think the Easy Chicken Bake would be my choice this month. I like all three of those words – easy, chicken and bake – so it sounds like my kind of thing! 😉

  3. I would love to try all those dishes, particularly the Chicken Easy Bake (which sounds super easy to make), and the Turkey Keema Peas, as well as the Spanish Tomato Bread. I have always tried the Caesar Salad with store- bought dressing; even the ones served at restaurants are like that, I think. I love that salad, and can see how adding chicken can make it more appealing.

    Overall, your foodie month seems to have been a rotund success. 🙂

    1. Haha Carmen… ‘rotund success’ – I like that 😀 I can highly recommend the Easy Chicken Bake and Spanish Tomato Bread, as both were super tasty and easy to make. It is also interesting to hear you think the Caesar dressing is always like that, that makes me feel better 🙂

  4. Mmm,reading this post is making me peckish! I still fancy the beanburgers and I like the sound of the chicken caesar even though you didn’t love it – I do like the dressing but I can see it isn’t for everyone.
    Lynn 😀

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