Cookbooks: May 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, I am sorry this is a little late! I am pleased to announce the weather, here in the UK, did improve dramatically over the month, which saw me trying out these simpler, lighter recipes:

Ham Salad Wraps
The Hairy Dieters (2) Eat For Life by Si King & Dave Myers
Meals On The Move – Page 140

Instead of making my standard, rather boring sandwiches, I gave these fresh, juicy salad wraps a go. These are simply large tortillas generously filled with lettuce, sliced pepper, cucumber and carrot, good-quality, thin ham slices and a low-fat creamy dressing, which made for a lovely, satisfying lunch without too much stodge. I have made these several times already and I can see myself making them many more times. Great recipe.


Cottage Pie
The Hairy Dieters (1) by Si King & Dave Myers
Pies – Page 90-91

With my granddad coming round, one particularly busy Sunday, I decided to try this new recipe for this classic British dish, as I could prep it all in advance and then just pop it in the oven just before lunch. By using lean beef mince, no oil and bulking out the mash topping with leeks, this is much lower in calories, but you’d never know it! It made for a delicious, comforting meal, which we enjoyed out on the patio with some steamed greens. Great recipe.


Pregnant Jools’s Pasta
Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
The Meals – Page 32

One evening, to feed his pregnant wife’s instant craving for a sausage ragu, Jamie created this quick cheat’s recipe. Packed with springs onions, carrots, chillies and sausages (blitzed for speed), tomatoes, garlic and balsamic vinegar, this delivers the rich, comforting flavour of a ragu, but is cooked in about a quarter of the time! I don’t think I got the consistency of the sauce quite right though – a little practise needed! Good recipe.


Chicken Stir-Fry
The Hairy Dieters (3) Good Eating by Si King & Dave Myers
Friday Night Suppers – Page 72

After filming in Asia, King & Myers put their discoveries to good use in this healthy recipe. A stir-fry with some traditional Chinese flavours and packed with veg, so you can have generous servings! And as I learnt from their fake-away Chicken Chow Mein recipe, I used double the bean sprouts as a lighter alternative to noodles. Took some time to prep, but it was then super quick to cook and delicious. However I need to practise the golden coating on the chicken… mine didn’t really stick! Good recipe.


Spring Risotto
The Co-operative Magazine

After loving the Co-op’s light, summery Scottish Salmon Risotto, I thought I would try another of their risotto recipes, which I had cut out and saved. This is a more traditionally cooked risotto, where the rice is simmered slowly, bit-by-bit, in white wine and stock, with leeks, spring onions and pancetta, although I used bacon instead, and finished off with spinach and parmesan cheese. It took longer to make, but it was well worth it. Great recipe.


That’s five tasty, new recipes tried over the last month. As I said before, the weather has warmed a fair bit over the month, so along with trying the Ham Salad Wraps above, I also made up batches of The Hairy Dieters’ Simple Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad (Book 1) and Prawn Pasta Salad (Book 2) for more, lighter work lunches.

Do you fancy any of these recipes?

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

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10 thoughts on “Cookbooks: May 2018

  1. These all sound amazing – I love wraps and risotto, Shepherd’s Pie is a family favourite and chicken stir fry – basically everything tbh!
    Lynn 😀

  2. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of making wraps at home. They would certainly be an alternative to ever lasting sandwiches. Thanks for the hint!

  3. You have indulging, my friend. 😉 I love the sound of the wraps, the Cottage Pie, and the Spring Risotto. We eat Beef Stir Fry and Chicken Stir Fry at home quite often, so I like the sound of that too. Keep up the good eating and tell us all about it! 🙂

    1. Thank you Carmen and I certainly hope to keep up the good eating and sharing it with you 😛 Recently, I have been searching my cookbooks for a new vegetarian recipe to cook, when my best friend comes round this week 🙂

  4. We’re getting an abundance of peaches from our two trees, so I’ve been googling (and testing) vegan peach recipes! Some successful, some not so much… We had banana/peach muffins for breakfast.

    1. Kelly, how wonderful you’ve been blessed with an abundance of peaches! The banana and peach muffins sound good and I hope you will all the other new, vegan peach recipes you discover. We have apple trees in our garden, but they’ve not been very successful yet. For the first few years we got nothing, the next two years we got tonnes of small, under-ripened apples, while last year, we literally got just ONE perfect apple?! Fingers crossed for this year! 😀

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