Is anyone else freaking out that we’re heading towards the end of May! Where has that time gone? I am going to completely gloss over just how long it has been since my last post and wrap up two months of my challenge in one go. What started out to be a strong beginning to April quickly fizzled out, but that’s ok! There’s still time! Just! I planned on being super organised. I pulled multiple books from my shelves, scanned them for the perfect seasonal dishes that would challenge my cooking knowledge. Lined the volumes up, muted yellow post-its protruding from each, then stuck a definitive schedule to my kitchen calendar ready to take the month by storm. You know what they say about the best laid plans.
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. The photography is stunning and every dish sounds so delicious. As soon as I laid eyes on the Turkish fried eggs I knew they would be the first thing I made. This was such a filling breakfast I practically had to roll myself to work after it. I loved the mixed fresh herbs that garnished the dish, it made each mouthful different. The coffee recipe was incredible, I always have my coffee sweetened but the addition of a few bashed cardamom pods really elevated the drink.
I was bought this book as a gift and I have never really got into it. Probably because the first recipe is for guinea fowl, which sounds like far too much effort for your average Wednesday. I thought there was far too much lemon in this recipe as it was unbearably tangy, but with a little tweeking it would make a simple mid week supper.
Healthy Appetite – Gordon Ramsay
This was probably Dan’s favourite dish so far, meaty and full of protein. Being able to lean on my local butcher for a good cut of lamb made me love my neighbourhood all the more. Personally I would have paired the rump steak with more green vegetables than pulses as I found this dish a little heavy.
This was a delicious alternative to the more traditional broccoli and stilton. It was incredibly creamy and satisfying. Pureeing this recipe is optional, which whilst handy for me as my blender was broken, I found the texture a little off putting, and would definitely recommend including this step.
Fresh Green and Clean (pg 46) Night Sight (pg 47) Desert Delight (pg 50)
Super Salads – Michael van Straten
This is one of my most used cook books. Whenever I feel my health start to slip I flick through until I find the salady cure to my woes. Fresh green and clean I have blogged about before and makes a regular appearance at my dinner table throughout the summer. It’s skin clearing properties helping with any burns or bites I’ve suffered whilst enjoying the brief British summer time.
Is there anything more retro than creamed chicken? I don’t think I can say I have ever had a homecooked version of this before, they have all been either in canned soup form or frozen in flimsy black plastic packages. Avocado may just be my favourite food (OFALLTIME!!!) but I found that it’s soft texture made this dish a little soft so I would omit it in the future. This meal was delicious, the kind of food you crave on days where you need a hot meal about as much as a big hug.
Much to Dan’s chagrin I am not a fan of strong fish mixed in with other food. I find that it overpowers every other flavour in the meal. Smokey mackerel was a good choice of substitute for bacon in this dish, and it makes for an quick and easy way to add a little more fish into your diet. But next time I make carbonara I will be sticking with my bacon.
A lovely friend bought me this book as a birthday present, and I was immediately drawn to the baked eggs with spinach and mushrooms. I love eggs for breakfast, and I could easily eat them every day. One of my personal goals recently has been to incorporate a portion of fruit or vegetables into my morning meals and this dish had two! The list of ingredients was so short I was slightly worried that this breakfast would be a little on the bland side but each element held their own flavour against each other and it was incredibly moreish.
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