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:
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.
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.
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?