Cookbooks: February – March 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms and foodies, well – except for one glorious week of sunshine, during the school’s half term break – the weather has been wet and miserable in February and the start of this month, so comfort food has been high on my agenda. With that in mind here are the new recipes I have tried:

Lean Lamb Hotpot
The Hairy Dieters (1) by Si King & Dave Myers
Pies – Page 93

One Sunday for lunch, I decided to try King & Myers’ new-wave version of this traditional hotpot of lamb, onions, carrots and potatoes. Just by trimming the lamb well and reducing the amount of potatoes, the calories are lowered without losing out on taste. It was simple to make and made a cracking supper served with garden peas and minty cabbage. Great recipe.

Meaty Mushroom Stew
Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka
Soups and Stews – Page 101

I am so pleased I finally got round to making this rich, meaty-tasting stew, with its delicious mixture of onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms, potato, herbs and red wine – It reminded me of beef bourguignon, minus the beef of course! And once all the chopping was done it was a very easy, one-pot dish to make and economical too, as I was able to use a large, value pack of mixed mushrooms to make it. Perfect for veggies and meat-eaters. Great recipe.

Vegetable Chowder
The Hairy Dieters (5) Go Veggie by Si King & Dave Myers
Soups and Salads – Page 60

This veggie take on the traditional chowder keeps the potato, milk and sweetcorn, but swaps out fish for cauliflower and sweet potato. This was my first time making a chowder and I thought this mix of vegetables would be a sure-fire hit for me, but while it was rich, creamy and had a nutty sweetness… it was actually a little too sweet for my taste! I think I need to try making a more traditional fish chowder for a comparison. Okay recipe.

Prawn Stir-Fry with Courgette ‘Noodles’
The Hairy Dieters (3) Good Eating by Si King & Dave Myers
Friday Night Suppers – Page 54

You’d probably never know, or care, that this colourful, vegetable-packed stir-fry with spicy marinated prawns and courgette ‘noodles’ was a dieting recipe! Plus, once you’ve prepped the vegetables, courgettes and prawns, it takes only 10 mins to cook! While there is an extensive list of required vegetables to use, I easily swapped some out for the fresh, seasonal vegetables I had to hand and I used a can of bamboo shoots. Simple, quick, tasty! Great recipe.

So altogether that was four new recipes tried over the last month and a bit. Over that time, I also remade The Hairy Biker’s Cajun Spiced Chicken, which I got the timings right for this time, and well-practised, old favourites: Creamy Haddock With Broccoli and Beef Stroganoff.

Do you fancy any of these recipes?

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


8 thoughts on “Cookbooks: February – March 2019

  1. I fancy all of them, actually, πŸ™‚ especially the lamb dish, as my family and I are very fond of lamb, either in casserole or roasted. I like the sound of the chowder, though I too would be slightly put off by the sweet taste.

  2. Shame the creamy veg chowder didn’t work out well – I suppose without the fish stock it comes over maybe a bit bland. I like the sound of the hotpot. Nom
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Lynn, you might be right: chowder just really needs fish to work properly! Although if people like sweet food than this vegetable chowder would probably work for them – my dad didn’t seem to mind it. As for the hotpot it was delicious! πŸ˜›

  3. The meaty mushroom stew sounds so good… actually, all of these recipes do! I haven’t been cooking as much the last couple of weeks (traveling and eating out with houseguests) but will be perusing my cookbooks later today to find a new recipe or two for the next week.

    1. JoAnn, the meaty mushroom stew really was sooo good and the recipe made a large batch, so I have portions frozen to look forward too πŸ˜› I really hope you are able to try out one or two new, tasty recipes this week. πŸ™‚

  4. As a dedicated carnivore the lamb hotpot appeals most this month. I tried being a vegetarian for a couple of years but my lack of enthusiasm for vegetables seemed like something of a drawback… πŸ˜‰

    1. HAHA yeah I can imagine a certain lack of enthusiasm for vegetables would be a huge drawback to being a vegetarian! πŸ˜› I gave meat up for Lent once, but I don’t think I will ever be going full vegetarian. I just like to be less reliant on meat for every meal. The lamb hotpot was definitely one of my favourites from the month, alongside the meaty mushroom stew, which was so tasty and meaty most diehard meat-eaters probably wouldn’t miss the meat!

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