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February 2015 Cookbook of the Month Companion Thread: "MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS COOKBOOK" by John Gregory-Smith

Yes, thank you. I have just read through this post and wondered if I needed MSE. My library hasn't got it, so I can't even have a look at it. Instead of buying it, I think I'll find a dumpling filling recipe and make my own cabbage-wrapped dumplings, using Caitlin McGrath's great instructions above. :)

about 3 hours ago
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

I made this tonight for dessert (and probably breakfast tomorrow). I used pears with a drop of almond extract and less sugar than called for. It baked in 30 minutes and is delicious--I love custardy, eggy, fruity deserts so right up my alley. It is not that different from the puffy oven pancakes I frequently make with fruit, except they have no baking powder and the sugar is sprinkled atop them after baking. These squares are more dessert-like.

Feb 24, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

It was a big hit with all who got one. I ended up giving all 4 loaves away.

Feb 24, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

I think it's my favourite too! Made it the other week and thought that I must put in regular rotation.

Feb 22, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

I made this tonight and we enjoyed it for dinner. I did use the chicken, though I think I like it with paneer better. I didn't use any of the cooking water and I used canned tomatoes so didn't add any liquid to the tomato puree either and it turned out thick and saucy. I added extra chiles, ginger and garam masala, along with a mystery homemade spice mix I found in my spice drawer. I look forward to it on my lunch tomorrow.

Feb 22, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

I have made this a few times now and really enjoy it. I use much more tamarind than called for, along with extra lemongrass and fresh Thai chiles. I find it tart and tasty and a quick dinner. I really like the chicken recipes in this book.

Feb 22, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

I am baking a double batch of the Ina Garten lemon cake I read about on here somewhere. 3 loaves for the 3 EAs in my classroom and one for me. Win-win. :)

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition!

Yes, it is. I made a cardamom sweet bread with a cinnamon swirl recently from it (published in Saveur) and it was very tasty. I am hoping for more cardamom-y delights. :)

Feb 21, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition!

I ordered a few books yesterday: Fika, Mighty Spice and Sugar and Spice (the one by the author of Warm Bread and Honey Cake). They won't arrive until Fika is released in early April, by which time I'll have completely forgotten that I ordered them. :)

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

I love that book and have made at least a dozen recipes, if not more. :)

Feb 13, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition!

You put a metal flower nail upside-down in the middle of the pan to conduct some more heat to the centre of a chiffon cake when baking it in a round pan rather than a tube pan. I have tried this technique with one of RLB's cake and it worked well.

Feb 02, 2015
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have you had any luck with Food52 recipes?

I used to test recipes occasionally when they were having contests and the results were all over the place. I still save a few recipes from there, especially from the Genius Recipes section. Those are tried and true and not just submitted by the community. I find the recipes there often use 'of the moment' ingredients, so they read like a gourmet shopping list of things that don't necessarily taste nice together.

Feb 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

As an added bonus, I brought home the leftover butter and buttermilk and made myself a few fresh ginger scones this morning.

Jan 31, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Thursday is cooking day in my class and the kids look forward to it all week. Today we made yeast buns, shook cream to make butter, and had the buns warm with the butter and raspberry jam. A big hit!

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made monkey bread with my students last week. It smelled fantastic and they enjoyed making and eating it.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Another batch of Raincoast Crisps in the oven--sour cherry/pecan with rosemary this time. Next up is Alice Medrich's screaming ginger cookies. I think my classroom assistants and I deserve a sweet and spicy treat tomorrow since report cards are done done done!

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Those almond cookies look amazing! I have a recipe for them somewhere and it uses lard--must dig it out...or find the Brass Sisters' cookbook. But that's for another thread ;)
Gorgeous kitty!

Jan 25, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

The one out of The Cake Bible? I love that cake!

Jan 25, 2015
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Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

I made this salad tonight, and it was a fantastic mid-winter salad. I used lime juice instead of vinegar because I don't like vinegar, and 2 Thai bird chiles, and it was spicy and delicious.

Jan 18, 2015
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Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Tamarind and Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry, p59

I made this tonight for lunch tomorrow, but I can't stop picking at it. I used extra lemongrass, chiles and tamarind. I left it a bit saucy and it's perfect. Used thighs and marinated for an hour. I ended up putting the chopped lemongrass and garlic in the mortar where I had pounded the coriander and got a nice paste. Very savoury and tasty dish--will make again soon.

Jan 12, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

Yes, I've been reading your posts on it! I forgot this month was Asian as I haven't been participating. I need to have both the book and the time, and that just doesn't happen some months. I'd rather be cooking than writing report cards, but that's what keeps the cookbooks and groceries coming in! :)

Jan 11, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

Fair enough--I haven't really looked at it closely yet. How about MIGHTY SPICE? I have that from the library and quite a few things look tasty and doable on a weeknight.

Jan 11, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made some sour cherry, crystallized ginger and orange muffins this morning. I am not usually a muffin person, but found an unopened plain yogurt in the fridge with an expiry date from November. It looked fresh, smelled and tasted fine--not even overly sour, so I got started on it. Looks like smoothies this week to use the rest--I hate wasting food, and I'd like to use it and the frozen sour cherries up.

Jan 11, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I use Mexican Kitchen most, as there's just more in there. I think I've made everything from the Essential Flavours chapter and dozens of recipes from elsewhere in the book. Favourites:

many of the salsas, especially the tomatillo ones
tortillas
achiote paste
poblano rajas
seared cheese (p. 82)
tortilla soup
tomatillo chicken tacos with spinach (p. 146)
achiote roasted pork tacos (p. 170)
drunken pintos (I use black beans)
achiote rice supper with pork carnitas (p.258)
chicken in pumpkin seed sauce (p. 316)
broiled chipotle chicken and spinach (p. 319)
chipotle shrimp (p. 334)
Mexican chocolate flan (p. 390)
cajeta (I use half goat's half cow's milk)

Usually when I am in the mood to cook Mexican, I look through both books and compare recipes, as there are similar ones. From One Plate at a Time, the recipes I consistently use are:
pozole
red chile pork tamales
chicken tomatillo tamales
chicken with green pipian
seafood in mojo de ajo

Hmm, have just spent a very enjoyable bit of time going through both books, and think Mexican will be on the menu very soon!

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

I'd love to cook from PLENTY MORE too!

Jan 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I have Mexican Kitchen and One Plate at a Time, and I have always found Rick Bayless's recipes work for me and are delicious. I like that his salt level as stated in the books is perfect for me. I have cooked a lot from both of them, liking all but the chocolate streusel cake. I did not much like Fiesta at Rick's except for the chocoflan cake.

January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I made this tonight with thinly sliced flank steak instead of the lamb, as I don't like lamb. It was fantastic! I have been putting off making it with another meat, but I am glad I tried it with the beef. I loved the lemon sauce, though my chile was a very spicy one.

Jan 07, 2015
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Search feature only brings up ads

I have been trying to search for the COTM Jerusalem, but I only get ads for, well, Jerusalem. No results at all, even though it says 21 results in the top corner. Tried a few other searches, same result. Used to be able to search easily. What gives? I'm using Safari on a Mac.

Jan 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

oooh, I've had the River Cottage cakes book in my virtual basket for ages. Do share, when you've had a good look!

Jan 02, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition! [Old]

I went to the bookstore to pick out a gift for a friend, and came home with Plenty More. Oh, I got my friend something too...