I'm a bit late with this but it's time for another update on my cookery book challenge. It was a mixed bag with only a couple of recipes that I'd make again.
Week 37 : The French Kitchen - Joanne Harris & Fran Warde
Chickpea groaned when this was pulled out as 'not another boring French cookbook' - our experience of them hasn't been great so far. However, I've made several recipes from this before and I always use its recipe for tarte tatin.
Pork with Apples and Blackcurrant
The most difficult part of this recipe was sourcing blackcurrants as they weren't in season even though the description said 'a wonderfully intense concentration of autumn flavours'. I had to settle for tinned blackcurrants in a light syrup which was ok as you had to cook the blackcurrants in sugar and water anyway. Well, I thought it would be ok but we were distinctly underwhelmed with the whole dish. I won't be making this again.
Week 38 : Easy pasta - Delphine Lawrance (editor)
I could probably eat pasta every day of the week so I'm always looking for new recipes to try. This collection has a few twists on standard dishes and I've used it several times. It would be easier to say which recipes we didn't want to try than those which we did, and you can't ask for more than that of a cookery book.
Aubergine and sausage penne with red wine
Chickpea loves aubergines and I love sausages (actually, we both love sausages) so this was an easy choice. Full of flavour and one I'll definitely come back to. The original recipe by Fiona Beckett can be found here.
Week 39 : Tarts with Tops On - Tamasin Day-Lewis
Found in a discount shop and hardly used. That isn't a comment on the book but mostly on my aversion to making pastry.Having said that, I did make her sweet potato pie a couple of years ago (see here) and the pastry turned out beautifully. As well as her own recipes, there's a chapter of recipes from other people and it was one of those that we ended up choosing.
Claudia Roden's filo triangles with minced meat, onions and pine nuts
The mince filling was flavoured with allspice and cinnamon which worked really well and would be worth doing in another dish. However, the filo pastry was tasteless and didn't add anything. I served it with Roasted carrots with Middle Eastern spices from the Tesco magazine which was yummy and definitely one to make again.
Week 40 : Tony and Giorgio - Tony Allan and Giorgio Locatelli
Given to me by a neighbour and apparently accompanied a TV series. As the two chefs are British and Italian, the recipes are a combination of both. I enjoyed the writing at the start of each chapter as they shared their food memories but, otherwise, felt uninspired.
This recipe was chosen purely because I had some leftover veggies and goats cheese which needed using up. Although it provided the inspiration, I didn't actually follow the recipe as I've made Spanish omelettes so many times before. One I know I'll make again some time.
And that concludes this update. We've already finished the next 4 weeks and that will be the penultimate challenge post. Yes, we only have about 4 cookery books left to review! The time has gone by in a flash and I'm really proud to have stuck it out to the end.
One last photo. I had a day off yesterday and harvested the last of the carrots. There looks like a lot here but they're all really small - the worst harvest I've ever had with carrots. I don't know what went wrong given that we had such a lovely summer. None of them will go to waste though and I'll be using some of them at the weekend as we're having friends round to celebrate a very important date in this part of the world....
Happy Lancashire Day! Today commemorates the day in 1295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament and there'll be celebrations all over the county. I have an evening of hotpot and merriment planned for Saturday.
Of course, not forgetting that today is also an important day on the other side of the Atlantic, so Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends too.
I'll be back on Sunday with the Scavenger Hunt. xx