I know that February is the shortest month but seriously, where did it go?? It’s been a good month, I did my first solo food styling jobs, which was nerve racking to say the least but I am so happy with the results. I can’t wait to share the photos on my portfolio. I didn’t get very far with my challenge this month, I didn’t even average one recipe a week. After smashing my iPhone whilst making dinner on the worst Friday 13th I lost most of my inclination to cook, and spent a good week avoiding the kitchen. I finally got it fixed last week, after being quoted £200 by Apple as it was just out of it’s warranty (which gave you a ‘discounted’ price of £100) I went with an independant company in Barbican. I am so pleased with Fix My iPhone’s service that I had to mention it! I walked in and my screen was replaced in less than 10 minutes, and they offer a two year guarantee on their work. I also treated myself to cute new phone case which I love! I would never of thought of Paperchase but they have such a great range, I could easily have walked away with all of their graphic printed ones.
You can read January’s challenge round up here.
If you want to be inspired to eat healthily I would definitely recommend this book. Their oversaturated photos are so cheerful and delicious looking that every time I flip through it makes me want to run to my greengrocer and stock up. I’ve worked with them a couple of times (and again today in fact) and they are two of the sweetest people in food, always full of compliments and good humour. I loved this soup, the savoury brassica toned down the sweetness of the peas and the basil gave the whole dish a fragrant overtone. The portions were huge, I made half the recipe and it still served 6-7 with bread for a side.
I was bought this book in the last weeks of working in an office, so I never got to use it for it’s original purpose. I’m not in love with the photography but it is fantastically laid out (you can tell it was written by two editors). This salad was good, I enjoyed the addition of lettuce and sliced cabbage which gave an English fusion feel to the salad. I forgo the optional chicken which left it feeling a less substantial. Half an avocado sliced would make for a more satisfying vegetarian version of this dish. This spicy chilli helped clean out a few (wine and cheese induced) hangover cobwebs I was suffering from which was much appreciated. I can see myself making this a lot throughout the summer as a side dish.
I’m going to just come right out and say it, I did not enjoy this soup. Which is a real pity as I have made a handful of recipes from this book and loved them. One of the ‘rules’ I set myself at the beginning of this challenge was not to repeat recipes I had already made, hence me trying a recipe that hadn’t originally caught my eye. This soup was bland, with a mushy texture from soft noodles and over poached chicken. The base was homemade chicken stock with ½ teaspoon of soy sauce per person. My only guess is that he was trying to make the recipe seem more accessible to the average home cook.
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