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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

Gosh, sorry to hear about the brush-with-death experience, dkennedy.

Sep 28, 2014
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

All of the little ethnic stores in my area (Asian, Caribbean on the whole) sell the solid blocks of creamed coconut and they're pretty cheap, like less than a pound. Desiccated coconut is usually unsweetened round these parts. I realise this May not be the most helpful post of the day as we don't even live on the same continent!

Sep 28, 2014
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

I love that blog! It's so funny and a great insight into American Jewish life (or so it seems to me from my British perspective). But I'm not sure it's encouraged me to buy the book. It seems that a lot of the recipes I'd be interested in (the Sephardi ones) I already have forms of elsewhere in various books about middle Eastern food. I really can't see myself making matzoh brei, or knishes, or chopped liver. Although she's totally wrong about liver - I had chopped liver for the first time at a friend's Passover dinner earlier this year. It's good, but not as good as chicken liver paté or - even better - parfait.

Please feel free to change my mind!

Sep 23, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

And I made my first recipe today! A fig salad which was very good indeed and relatively simple. We had it for lunch, but it would be an elegant starter for a dinner party.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

They actually eat carbs?! Who'd have thunk it.

Sep 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Mine's arriving today, apparently! Exciting...

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I got about a third of the way through Plenty More in the bookshop before deciding I had to have it. Sigh.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

She's quite well known in the UK. She started writing a blog about living on a very small budget when she had to give up her job in the fire service because she couldn't find childcare for night shifts as a single parent. She was commissioned by the Guardian to write a column and the rest is history.

Sep 12, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

I'd like to add PERSIANA to the mix. Just made a very nice spiced carrot and pistachio cake from this book.

Sep 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Amazing Breadcrumbs! I went into a bookstore yesterday thinking they'd have copies of Plenty More already and there wasn't a single one. Publication day is tomorrow so I'll probably take another look before buying. My favourite Ottolenghi is the first one, btw.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

It's really not similar in climate to Minnesota - it's mild not extreme!

Sep 10, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Campanelle with caramelised onions, peas and mint

I found an online adapation:

http://relish.com/recipes/campanelle-...

This was pleasant but not amazing for me. Mr GG really liked it - but he is blinded by love (and his stomach) and considers me a culinary genius, the poor man. I had fresh peas to use up - but this is really a storecupboard meal. I didn't think the fish sauce added much, and next time would probably cook the onions for longer. I do think the timings are slightly off in this book sometimes. I did like the addition of mint, of which I have an abundance in the garden at the moment.

Sep 04, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

I got some nice, fresh radishes with greens from the farmer's market on Sunday and had some bacon to use up, so gave this recipe a whirl. It was easy and pretty tasty - not a complete wow for me but Mr GG really enjoyed it. My radishes weren't the French breakfast variety but still quite peppery. I can usually get the French ones so will try this recipe at some point with those. I'd also add more greens - probably rocket - as I didn't feel that the leaves from one bunch of radishes were enough. Still, a solid dish.

Sep 04, 2014
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Good Food Guide - Top 50

Nice to see the Camberwell Arms in the pub list - had a great meal there a few weeks ago.

Aug 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I do. I made the prawns with sumac which was good and have plans for other things.

Aug 27, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

My turn for this recipe. Agree that the Nuoc Cham really makes the dish. I suck at cooking rice in a pan so used my rice cooker and it worked perfectly. I used Vietnamese. Coriander from the garden instead of mint, and roasted three chicken pieces for the poultry part as didn't have leftover roast chick. Lovely dinner.

Aug 27, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Totally yummy.

Aug 27, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Loved this too. The only thing I would say is that my chicken took quite a bit longer than 8 minutes to grill (broil) and I used medium sized, skinless chicken breasts as that's what I had in the freezer. Notwithstanding, will make again as this was a big hit in the greedygirl household. So glad I sprung for this book!

Aug 26, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

I am too lazy/disorganised to strain my yoghurt so just buy labneh from a local store. Your meal looks great. Turkish tofu might catch on!

Aug 25, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I hate to say it, but white balsamic vinegar is definitely worth the shelf space. Also, 6x1kg tins of anchovies! Respect.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

17 times in 28 years! I'm feeling stressed just thinking about it!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

It was really good! I think I may slightly prefer the DH one but this is also very nice. I will ask my panel of tasters (workmates) what they think.

Aug 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I vaguely remember seeing it in a shop once, but otherwise it wasn't on my radar. She's a British blogger, yes? I do have rhubarb, though, and a rainy day off today. So thanks for the recipe!

If you're talking about the Diana Henry Rhubarb Cake from Simple Cooking, btw, I've made it several times and love it. Fancy trying something different today though.

Aug 25, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

It's really gorgeous up there. Keep me posted!

Aug 23, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I made this the other night but omitted the bacon because I was serving it as a side dish for Toulouse sausages. I also subbed dolcelatte for the Cashel Blue. We liked it very much and I caught Mr Gg sneaking leftover spoonfuls, so much so that there's only 1 portion left! It would be even better with the aforementioned bacon and Cashel Blue, which is one of my favourite blue cheeses.

Aug 22, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Tagliatelle with lemon, parma ham and peas

I liked this, but didn't love it as I found it a little dry. But I think this was user error because I definitely reduced my cream by too much (which DH warns against so totally my fault!).

To make, add lemon zest and juice to double cream and reduce by a third. I also forgot to add my lemon juice until I'd already reduced the cream quite a bit - another rookie error on my part. I think I must have forgotten to switch my brain on or something.

Cook your pasta, then add cooked peas, parmesan and seasoning to the cream. Drain the pasta and add to the pan along with shredded parma ham and chervil (parsley). I actually just dumped all the ingredients in to the pasta, as the pan I'd used to reduce the cream wasn't very big. You can use fresh or frozen peas - it's pea season so I used fresh ones which I'd cooked. In hindsight, I should have just added the peas in with the pasta for a couple of minutes. As I said, no brain was engaged in the cooking of this dish.

Nice flavours. Mr GG scarfed it down approvingly. He is not a very harsh critic. Although he still talks about a bland white bean soup I made once about ten years ago (with a whole head of roasted garlic in it, god knows how it was bland but it was).

DH says you can also make this with cooked salmon instead of the ham, and with asparagus when it's in season. Just be careful with the cream!

Aug 22, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Roast cod with anchovies and bean purée

In a word, yum!

For the bean purée, you sauté half an onion in olive oil then add garlic, water or stock, beans and S&. Cook for a few minutes then process with EVOO and lemon juice.

For the sauce, which is a kind of salsa verde really, chop anchovies with parsley and add more EVOO and a squeeze of lemon.

For the fish, lightly season your cod and pan-fry in olive oil skin side down for a couple of minutes, flip and cook for another minute before transferring to a 200C oven for eight minutes. I'm not particularly experienced at cooking fish - this gave me perfectly cooked cod which was firm yet flaked to the fork.

This was ready in less than half an hour, but was an elegant plate of food. The interplay of flavours really worked, and the punchy anchovy salsa stopped the dish from looking too "beige"! We don't eat as much fish as I'd like, because Mr GG is a bit fussy (mustn't have bones - drives me potty). He loved this, and so did I. The liberal amount of oil gave the dish richness, yet it still felt relatively light and healthy. Which after pizza for lunch, was a good thing!

Aug 22, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Other Books and Online Recipes

I see this in my future...

Aug 22, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Sympathies. We only went because some good friends are living there for a couple of years. And then we went to Malaysia, which was great.

Aug 22, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

But Singapore is really boring apart from the food - and expensive. Penang is really where it's at.

Aug 22, 2014
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