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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.

about 5 hours ago
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

We loved this too. I had to fry the hell out of my milk-soaked bread to make it crispy (third day sourdough). And I forgot the sugar! Delicious though. I used a mixture of red, yellow and orange tomatoes and it was so pretty.

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

I have already drawn his attention to the new Indian in Cheadle! I only get up to Manchester a few times a year, but he's there more often - including this weekend I think.

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

A friend and I stumbled into Passione many moons ago without realising it was one of the best Italian restaurants in London at the time. I still remember the meal we had. Lamb cutlets and prosecco!

Aug 20, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

Another beautiful dish of food! This has been on my radar for ages. Need to take the plunge and buy that squid!

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I tend to buy what looks nice and work backwards from that. But we have a very irregular schedule and no children. I also live five minutes walk from a plethora of shops, delis, butchers, fishmongers and an outdoor market.

Aug 19, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

I've got this one marked too. Glad it was a success. I love a plainish cake (possibly because I'm too lazy for fancy decorating).

Aug 19, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I can only dream of planning our dinners a week in advance. Most of the time I struggle with the next day!

Aug 19, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I don't like fried eggs, but that looks great!

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Asian chicken with scallions, p180

This is almost embarrassingly easy, but makes for a tasty piece of chicken. Halve large, bone'in breasts crosswise (I used free-range supremes) and marinate in fish sauce, garlic and scallions for 18-24 hours. Mine went the full 24.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 500F and bake your chicken for 12 minutes. Finish them off under the grill (broiler) for a couple of minutes.

We enjoyed this with the Asian slaw from Fish Without a Doubt. The chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy, and the fish sauce gives it a deeply savoury flavour. Looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I think the title is slightly different in the US edition.

Aug 15, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

Just across the river from Pimlico in Vauxhall is The Canton Arms, a good gastropub run by the Hope and Anchor team. It's no reservations.

Brixton Village is not a bad suggestion as it's quite close to you although I would avoid weekends. You can get decent tapas at Brindisa Food Rooms.

For Indian, I like Ragam on Cleveland St in Central London. Haven't been to any of the posher options you mention. If you like ottolenghi type food, have a look at Honey & Co on Warren St. It's easy to get to from Pimlico on the Victoria line.

For market to table, I liked Elliot's in Borough Market.

Hope this helps!

Aug 12, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

I see Sally has a new book out which looks enticing.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Salmagundi-ce...

Aug 12, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

I do think it's on the expensive side for COTM. I just bought Persiana which is an accessible British take on Persian food so will stick with that I think. Sally Butcher, mentioned upthread, also has a well-respected book on Iranian food called Persian in Peckham.

Aug 12, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Trofie (tortiglioni) with prawns, lemon, feta and parsley, p88 UK edition

This is a ridiculously easy, tasty midweek dinner (I know it's Sunday but I was at work today and very tired after a late, boozy night with friends which seemed like a good idea at the time).

The recipe calls for raw prawns (shrimp) but I had some peeled, cooked king prawns that needed using. Consequently, I deviated slightly from the instructions by warming the garlic first, then adding the prawns to heat through (for uncooked prawns sautée them briefly before adding the garlic). Add grated lemon zest (omitted), lemon juice, pepper then combine with your cooked pasta, some crumbled feta and chopped parsley. That's it. It takes 20 minutes from start to finish, if that.

Lovely, summery flavours. Mr GG raved. I'd say the parsley is pretty essential. I might add chilli flakes next time.

Aug 10, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

Hi Caitlin. Home finally and the recipe calls for 100ml (3.5 fl oz) of hazelnut oil and 200ml (7 fl oz) of olive oil. For flour, it's 150g (5.5 oz) of wholemeal and 50g (1.75 oz) of whole meal spelt.

Happy baking!

Aug 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I'd happily take you there myself! Peckham is definitely not your average tourist destination... She's usually serving behind the counter.

Aug 10, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Also known as Veggiestan in its UK, hardback incarnation.

Aug 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

It appears that this is Veggiestan by Sally Butcher, but renamed rather confusingly for the paperback edition. Sally is somewhat of a local celebrity in my part of South London. She runs an amazing shop called Persepolis.

Aug 10, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

I'm at work right now but can look for you later. I've also made this cake and it's delicious!

Aug 10, 2014
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The Camberwell Arms, London

We had a really good dinner here last night. It's owned by the same people who run Anchor & Hope in Waterloo and the Canton Arms. It's no reservations, but we got a table with ease at 7.45.

The kitchen really knows its stuff. I had home-cured middlewhite ham as my starter with a crunchy Beetroot salad and caraway bread. Meltingly tender ham with creamy fat and just a hint of smokiness. The OH had lobster broth which I tasted and was gorgeous - very intense lobster flavour with a punch of scotch bonnet. Almost Thai in flavour. My friend had fresh cannellini beans with buffalo mozzarella and tomato - another nice plate of food.

My main was equally impressive. House goat merguez with a chickpea purée, yoghurt and roasted green pepper. Gorgeous gutsy flavours, with some whole chickpeas for texture. My friend had chargrilled Cornish squid - perfectly cooked but he was coveting our merguez!

For dessert, we shared a really intense and delicious chocolate cake with roasted banana ice cream. We all loved this. Should have ordered another one but quite full by this point!

With two bottles of house white, a cognac (the only off note - it came with ice for some reason), coffee and a mint tea, the bill was a very reasonable £40 a head (with a tip - which isn't added automatically. V good). The other nice touch is iced tap water supplied without asking, and good, sourdough bread).

Loved this place. Noisy, though. Stripped floors and high ceilings look good but nothing to absorb the sound. Also the kitchen is open which probably adds to the sound. But I was seriously impressed with the food coming from that very small kitchen!

Aug 09, 2014
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Upstairs is closing soon, sadly.

Aug 09, 2014
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

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

Darn! I'm sure we can come up with another one...

Aug 06, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

Sea bream and bass!

*gets coat*

Aug 06, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I caved and bought Roxanne Gold's Radically Simple. No will power. None.

I also got Persiana by Sabrina Gayour.

(((Bookshelves)))

Aug 06, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

I had to look up porgy (only known to me from the musical) - which is sea bream, apparently. You learn something new every day. Sea bream and Bess doesn't have quite the same ring to it...

Aug 06, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

This looks great! Must try while we still have local cherries.

Aug 05, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Other Books and Online Recipes

That looks yummy! Might be a good dish for me to make on Saturday for some picky eaters plus a pescatarian.

Aug 04, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

I can definitely be persuaded! Love that city. London in the winter, not so nice.

Aug 04, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

I haven't even noticed this one! Sounds really good and perfect for the delicious new potatoes we're getting at the moment.

Aug 04, 2014
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