Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, September is the start of Autumn here in the UK, which means it is time for spooky, mysterious books and warmer, comforting food. So first up, I got my new individual pie dishes out and gave these pie/pot style recipes a go:
Quick Cod and Prawn Gratin
Hairy Dieters 1 – Pies – Page 78
I love a fish pie and this lighter version has a traditional creamy fish and prawn filling, but with a crunchy breadcrumb and cheese topping, rather than mashed potatoes. Quick and easy to make (under 20 mins), it makes a super tasty mid-week meal. So much so I have already made it twice! Great recipe.
Creamy Chicken and Tarragon Pots
Hairy Dieters 3 – Comfort Classics – Page 108
Creamy, delicious chicken and leek deep pot pies, made with crème fraiche and a bubbly cheese topping rather than naughty double cream and puff pastry. While this is a lighter recipe it still feels like a real treat! I will definitely me making this again. Great recipe.
I served both of the above recipes with seasonal Jersey Royal potatoes and freshly steamed greens – yum!
Also with my family’s love of curry, I dug out this recipe which I cut out of a Co-op Food magazine ages ago:
Friday Night Thai Red Beef Curry
Co-op Food – Unknown Edition – Page 36
A hot red Thai beef curry which cleverly uses dried tarragon to replace the hard-to-find Thai basil – this really added an extra nice touch and I will definitely be adding tarragon to all my Thai curries from now on. I simply served with plain basmati rice for a yummy Friday night fake-away. Great recipe.
Finally during September, I made and froze a batch of the Hairy Dieter’s creamy Tomato Soup for work lunches. However this time, for my personal taste, I left out the celeriac and used more butternut squash and carrot instead. Then later in the month, I made and froze a second spicy batch of this soup, with the addition of some left over red Thai paste from the above beef curry.
Overall, I think I have had a great month of cooking and I look forward to more. Especially as I am now halfway through Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka, in which I have sticky noted lots of great looking veggie soup and stew recipes. After that I have Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver, which I am very excited about, lined up to read. ‘My cup runneth over’!
Do you fancy any of these recipes?
What cookbooks are you reading? Have you tried any new recipes?