Recipe Reviews

Easy Cook Croque Madame
Last edited on: 19/01/2013 - 16:55

I stumbled upon BBC's EasyCook magazine whilst trawling through the periodicals in Hammersmith's WH Smiths - a thoroughly dispiriting and unedifying experience; never have I witnessed such demotivated staff. Any rate, let that be senior management's concern and return to EasyCook. The magazine is one of the more down-market food monthlies, concentrating its efforts on simple quick recipes and food education / familiarisation. It also mentions stockists by name - useful when tracking down non-standard ingredients.

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Good Food Sweet Jacket Potato with Piri-Piri Prawns
Last edited on: 17/01/2013 - 22:34

It does seem to be the way that recipe books focus on recipes of four or six portions. That's all well and good but in my case it almost always requires mathematics to permute new measures and weights. For a welcome change here is a midweek dinner recipe built for a single serving. Great for when you're on your own and want to throw something together relatively quickly.

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Good Food Thai Pork and Peanut Curry
Last edited on: 13/01/2013 - 23:18

A new discovery for me - the BBC monthly periodical Good Food - and it comes packed with 100 recipes per issue. You would be hard pressed to fail to find something you didn't like, and in fact my first copy was laden with Post-It notes acting as bookmarks for those recipes on my wishlist.

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Fried Pork Curry
Last edited on: 06/01/2013 - 21:36

Having being buoyed with the success of the first principles Musaman Beef Curry, I returned for another foray in the Easy Curry Cookery book. Yet again I eschewed the entire concept of shop-bought pastes and cook-in sauces, and again thankfully none of the ingredients were particularly difficult to source. In fact, with the exception of the previously bought from Fulham North End Road peanut oil, everything was bought using Tesco's home delivery service.

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Musaman Beef Curry
Last edited on: 02/01/2013 - 23:14

Groan! Yet another Australian Women's Weekly cookbook! Yep - told you I've got stacks of them! This is the Easy Curry Cookery book which offers a very good introduction for anyone venturing into making their own curries for the first time (such as myself). And of course when I say making fo rthe first time, I actually mean making from first principles for the first time - i.e. without recourse to pastes or cook-in sauces!

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Rich Onion Gravy
Last edited on: 31/12/2012 - 17:26

Post-Xmas, if you are like me, you will have a fridge and a cupboard full of uneaten food. A very good way of shifting some of it is with some hearty winter fodder, and there's nothing better than sausages and mash with thick onion gravy. For the sausages I used the leftover chipolata unused from Xmas lunch, and of course I had a surplus of potatoes and half a swede. This combination would be bone dry without the traditional thick English gravy, and here we have the recipe.

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Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding
Last edited on: 30/12/2012 - 18:48

My dear friends Howard and Jean Johns 'invented' what we know as Sticky Toffee Pudding a couple of decades ago when they were landlord / landlady at the famous Kings Arms in Cartmel, south Lakes. Before disappearing to Leeds for my undergraduate degree and onwards to London to make my fortune (guffaw) I was a regular in the Kings Arms and knocked back my fair share of Hartley's real ale.

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Blog Review - Gordon Ramsay's Prawn Cocktail
Last edited on: 25/12/2012 - 14:11

Gordon Ramsay has become an institution ever since he found fame with his restaurant Aubergine on the road I used to live - Park Walk, Chelsea. His restaurant was actually stuffy and full of stuff shirts; the food over dressy along with the clientèle. However, his reputation was made after he earned his first Michelin stars, and from that point hence, he's hardly been out of the public's consciousness.

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Wok Meals in Minutes - Prawns in Basil with Avocado Mash
Last edited on: 24/12/2012 - 19:55

Armed with a few basic ingredients and a wok, any novice chef such as myself should be able to throw together a tasty meal in next to no time. This must have been the tenet when the prodigious Australian Women's Weekly publishing house decided upon their Work Meals in Minutes recipe book. It could almost have been written with me in mind. Some of the ingredients in some of the recipes will require some legwork to track down, but for those with some spare time and an Oyster card in this vast metropolis that is London, should be fine.

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Midweek Meals in Minutes - Chicken Jambalaya
Last edited on: 23/12/2012 - 22:55

Oh no! Not another Australian Women's Weekly cookbook? Yup, and get this - there's plenty more where that came from. My extensive AWW collection is plumbed again and out pops this little gem full of quick recipes that won't impact a school night as you hurriedly wipe the noses of your little treasures and pack them off to the land of nod.

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