Cookbookmaniac
  • Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon by Ottolenghi
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    Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon by Ottolenghi
    I recently went on a tour of Newtown with some lovely bloggers and was asked how many cookbooks I actually owned. Well, I never really counted them, but I think its safe to say that I have around 200. I regret purchasing quite a few of them, they are usually the ones that are generically strung together by book publishers to raise revenue. Most of the time I only end up buying the junk because I've had a bad day and needed something new to cheer me up or there was one lone recipe that looked very enticing. Needless to say I don't really cook from them. I am often pulled towards cookbooks written by one or two people that are driven by their love for food. It isn't just about the recipe (yes, a good set of recipes is important) but it is also about the produce, technique, history and most importantly passion. Ottolenghi is certainly one of these cookbooks that I classify as a keeper. A cookbook that I see myself using for a very long time. Healthy recipes never looked so delicious, accessible and so darn sexy. In fact, healthy isn't the first word that pops into one's mind when looking at the recipe. After the success of the Roasted Eggplant Salad and this Roasted Chicken I jumped online and purchased their followup cookbook Plenty. No doubt my blog will be flooded with their recipes in the days to come. Recipe by Ottolenghi - The Cookbook by…
  • Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
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    Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
    "Oh my goodness. You have so many cookbooks. Do you cook from them all?" This is the question asked by most people who are perplexed by the size of my collection. In fact the IKEA shelf that I purchased specifically to house them is now full and there are books overflowing onto the floor. Most of the books that end up on the floor are far too obese for the lean wooden shelves (Ripailles - yes, I am talking about you). Quite often I purchase a cookbook for its potential. This is the possibility of creating something that will satisfy my greedy appetite. If I only get one 'great recipe' out of a cookbook, then I consider it worth its value, at the very least. I recently purchased Ottolenghi - The Cookbook and was flabbergasted by the quality and diversity of the recipes. I could not flick pass one page without cooing, pointing or bookmarking it. Every recipe is filled with vibrant ingredient combinations that are not only healthy, but delicious. The other thing that astounded me was that the ingredients used in the book can be accessible (in my opinion). I could not settle on a recipe, so I randomly flicked open a page in the salad section and landed on the Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt. I did the same for the Meat and Fish section and got the Roast chicken with Sumac, Za'atar and Lemon. Both recipes turned out fantastic. It is cookbooks like this that puts…
  • Wild Barramundi with Black Olive Salsa by Sophie Dahl
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    Wild Barramundi with Black Olive Salsa by Sophie Dahl
    There are days when I really want to indulge. These are times when only chocolate and red frogs will do. Then there are days when I want something light and good for me. One Sunday afternoon I was feeling like eating for my health and so I flipped through some of my more healthier cookbooks. Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights has an exciting range of meals based around the seasons and breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whenever I want to make something quick and healthy I often reach for this book. I will often find something or feel inspired by it. She doesn't eat red meat or chicken, however there a couple of lamb and chicken recipes (strange...). Vegetables and grains are predominate throughout the book. I also find that I am adding ingredients to her list. Whether it be a squidge of butter, an extra clove of garlic or some dried herbs. Most of the additions are to my personal taste, but I'm sure the recipes are fine on their own. I recently learned that she now has her own cooking show with BBC. I watched a couple of videos on youtube and cannot help but draw comparisons between herself and Nigella Lawson. * They are both well-spoken, elegant, upper-class english ladies * They have chatty and charming dispositions * They are surrounded by pretty things. All of which I want for myself. * The film styles, closeups and presentation are very similar * They both have smiles that could light…