Recommending – Nigella’s Kitchen

For those of you have been following from the beginning of this blog (I started earlier this year) you will remember my Letter to Nigella.

I still haven’t received a reply to my letter. Though to be fair, she may never have received it.

I am still a big fan – not so much of the woman herself (she has millions of those fans) but of her work. I can highly recommend her cookbook ‘Kitchen’.

I have a red apron, too!

I have a red apron, too!

 

The Book: ‘Kitchen’ by Nigella Lawson

Contains: 153 recipes (at my count)

I’ve Cooked: 103 recipes so far

Favourites:

‘Coffee Toffee Meringues’ (This was my first recipe and one I repeated several times for dessert for guests. They were very simple to make, could be made in advance of the dinner guests arriving, and were just that little bit more special than ordinary meringues with the addition of coffee)

‘Salmon and Sushi Rice’ (Oh, so simple and great on a big platter in the middle of the table for guests to help themselves. I made this at least six times and then had the slight embarrassment of having four of these guests together one evening, realising that they’d all had the same recipe on separate occasions. It still tasted good).

‘Indian-Rubbed Lamb Chops’ (A good way to make use of ground spices in the store cupboard, taking about three minutes to prepare and having the taste of a good Indian meal)

The List So Far:

The List, Part 1

The List, Part 1

 

The List, Part 2

The List, Part 2

That’s just a taste!

If you had this book and Marcella’s book on your shelf, I would argue you need no others.

 

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Recommending – The Hairy Dieters

Last month (that’s the month that ended yesterday), I enjoyed reading Emma’s daily ‘Book Challenge’ posts over at bluchickenninja. This girl is good at picking good books – and steering us all clear of ones she didn’t find so good. I’ve read a couple of her recommended books and will be coming back for more.

So it got me thinking.

While I wouldn’t be reading enough novels to be all that discerning in my recommendations, I do know my cookbooks!

At least I know which ones on my shelf contain recipes that work – consistently.

So I thought I would do a little series of cookbook recommendations over the next little while. Most of my cooking adventures are currently in the realm of Marcella’s ‘Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking’ (her Pan-Roasted Lamb with Juniper Berries is simmering away as I type). However, I have been known to dip into some other books – I’ve even dived in and swum around for a year or so in one or two.

So here is my first recommendation:

The Hairy Dieters

The Hairy Dieters

Book: ‘The Hairy Dieters’ by Dave Myers and Si King.

Contains: 77 recipes

I’ve Cooked: 17 recipes so far (all have cooked well and tasted good)

Favourites: ‘Chicken Korma’ (in the ‘Fakeaways’ chapter) and ‘Salmon with Chilli Ginger Sauce’

The List So Far:

17 down, 60 to go

17 down, 60 to go