Cookbooks: November 2017 – January 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, I’m sorry it has been too long since I did a cooking update! During November and early December I was still very much in the mood for warming, comforting dishes. So I gave these a go:

Aubergine Bake
The Hairy Dieters 3 – Veggie Wonders – Page 122

A low-calorie version of the Italian classic, Melanzane Parmigiana, which is a veggie delight of layered aubergines and tangy tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella. There’s a few stages to this dish but they were relatively easy to follow and the final result was a delicious vegetarian dish that thoroughly pleased two meat eaters. Great recipe.

Hearty Chilli
Plant Based Cookbook – Soups and Stews – Page 109

As soon as I saw this meat-free version of the classic Chilli Con Carne – packed with beans, mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomatoes, which has a good kick of spice – then I knew I wanted to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed! This was an easy to make and delicious one-big-pot-of-joy that made plenty to eat and freeze for later. Great recipe.

Chicken Fricassee
Co-op Magazine – Unknown Edition – Page 33

A classic dish of chicken, onions and mushrooms sautéed in white wine and stock, and finished off with a dollop of crème fraiche; which was very quick and easy to cook. I served it with carrot and potato mash and steamed green beans to make a rich, hearty supper. Great recipe.

That was three new recipes tried over those two months. Then the wonderful craziness of Christmas took over and I didn’t find time for cooking anything new. It was time for quick, comfort favourites instead. Including The Hairy Dieters’ Chicken Bhuna curry and their Rich and Meaty Bolognese. Also I made large batches of The Hairy Dieters’ Golden Vegetable Soup and Red Lentil and Bacon Soup, and Jamie Oliver’s Happy Frumpy Minestrone soup. Which meant I had plenty for lunches for once I returned to work in January.

At the beginning of this new year I finished reading the brilliant Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver and now I have a copy of the new The Hairy Dieters (5) Go Veggie by Si King & Dave Myers. So I am looking forward to discovering many more new recipes this year.

Do you fancy any of these recipes?

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


12 thoughts on “Cookbooks: November 2017 – January 2018

    1. HAHA Nikki 😀 While I have been dipping in and out of most of my cookbooks, I have to admit that Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals is sadly gathering dust. Its recipes just haven’t grabbed me as much – perhaps a little fancy for everyday cooking.

  1. The Chicken Fricassee sounds awesome, as does the Red Lentil and Bacon Soup. I ate lentil soup several times over December because it is a comforting dish when it’s freezing outside.

  2. There was a family restaurant near us, now sadly closed, known for their chicken Fricassee. My father and grandfather both considered it one of their favorite dishes. I should try making it!

    1. JoAnne, I hope you are able to try making Chicken Fricassee, especially if it was one of your father and grandfather’s favourite dishes. I thought it was really yummy and my recipe was so easy to follow.

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