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?

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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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