Cookery book club - July - Hugh F-W Veg and curries by Madhur Jaffrey and the Hairy Bikers (vroom vroom)

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tigerlilygrr Mon 24-Jun-13 13:15:14

Come join the Mumsnet cookery bookclub! Each month we choose two cookery books - one popular, like Nigella / Jamie / Delia, so you probably already have it / can borrow it and one a bit more unusual. We cook a minimum of two recipes each - you choose the recipe, they just have to be ones you have never cooked before- which works out at four new recipes each month.Then we chat about them!

For June our books were:
- Mexican Food Made Easy by Thomasina Miers
- Thirty Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
And we posted here

For July our books are:
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Veg Every Day
- Madhur Jaffrey Ultimate Curry Bible AND / OR madhur Jaffrey's Curry Easy AND / OR Hairy Bikers' Great Curries

For August, our books will be:
- Fuchsia Dunlop Every Grain of Rice (chopsticks at the ready ladies)
- Dan Lepard Short and Sweet

We will always try to pick at least one book with recipes available on the Internet, and local libraries are great for cookbooks if you can order in advance. We pick books three months ahead so will be choosing September's books this month.

tigerlilygrr Mon 24-Jun-13 13:15:42

Starting this one early as have a busy weekend so trying to be organised!

ScienceRocks Mon 24-Jun-13 13:25:26

Thanks Tiger! The Hairy Bikers and Fuchsia Dunlop have just fallen through my letterbox (not literally) courtesy of the Book People so I am looking forward to a planning session. I am not a fan of HFW, and as the Veg book isn't available at my library and I have no desire to buy it, I will probably stick to just the HB for July.

Loving cook book club, by the way!

tigerlilygrr Mon 24-Jun-13 13:48:27

I flicked through the veg book on the weekend and most of the recipes looked quite nice. But I'm not sure that's enough justification for yet another cookery book... I will try the Internet recipes though...

KneeDeepInDaisies Mon 24-Jun-13 13:51:11

Marking place. Waiting for the library tell me when they've

ELR Mon 24-Jun-13 14:58:20

Thanks tiger marking place.

LeonardoAcropolis Mon 24-Jun-13 15:08:45

Hooray! Marking place, I have cooked a lot of the Hairy Bikers' curries. They are superb and really accessible. Most of the ingredients can be found in the supermarket however I struggle to find curry leaves or a curry leaf plant, any ideas anyone? I have checked garden centers and looked for seeds but no luck.

I don't have HFW Veg but have found recipes on Channel 4's website.

LowLevelWhinging Mon 24-Jun-13 15:12:51

leonardo, I found curry leaves in Tesco in their poncey chef's ingredients range, rather than with the normal spices.

You know the section where they have fancy oils/rices/herbs and stuff?

LowLevelWhinging Mon 24-Jun-13 15:13:55
akarucker Mon 24-Jun-13 15:21:20

Oops, just got back from the library with the wrong curry book. I got Madhur Jaffrey 100 Essential Curries. I wonder if these recipes are taken from the curry bible though? They all look good. The HB one is on order so hopefully will be here in time to start cooking in July.

LeonardoAcropolis Mon 24-Jun-13 15:25:50

Ah! Fantastic, thanks lowlevel. Will go for another look.

Pantah630 Mon 24-Jun-13 15:39:55

Signing in as well. I've copied a couple of recipes from MJ before it went back to the library and have been leafing through HB. Almost time t dust HFW off the shelf grin

I found a big bag of curry leaves in our local Asian Spice shop if Tesco don't stock them.

AlohaMama Mon 24-Jun-13 17:04:15

Have both these books so I'm jumping on board. Recipe choice will be somewhat influenced by a) presence of new baby in house so it will have to be quick, and b) moving country in 8 weeks so trying to use up store cupboard ingredients. Hoping to use at least 1 of the 9 tins of coconut milk I have in the cupboard hmm

Pufflemum Mon 24-Jun-13 17:08:04

Signing in too. I received the Hairy Bikers book today, it all looks very tasty. Anyone got any favourites to recommend starting with?

tigerlilygrr Mon 24-Jun-13 17:33:10

Hello Aloha and good luck with your housemove! I love anything with coconut milk so let me know which ones you pick!

AlohaMama Mon 24-Jun-13 19:56:56

So far from Maddhur Jaffrey - I'm going to do the Singapore-style shrimp curry, and easy chickpea curry. Leafing through I realised I've done so many from this book, all of which I love it's hard to choose new ones.

From veg I've got Courgette penne spouffle listed so far, happy to have other suggestions.

ELR Mon 24-Jun-13 21:11:23

I love the cheesy leeks on toast from hfw and also there's a pasta pesto dish with green beans and potatoes which is nice.

greensnail Mon 24-Jun-13 21:34:27

Signing in for July. Will be collecting my books from the library tomorrow so looking forward to choosing my first recipes.

bluebump Mon 24-Jun-13 21:38:46

I made the tomato risotto from Hugh F-W and a dauphinois potato dish too, both were lovely. I started with some basic ones as you can see grin but they all look fairly do-able.

snoworneahva Mon 24-Jun-13 22:03:03

Just had Radishes with Butter from HFW - odd, not unpleasant but not sure they made each other into something better. Interested in making Avocado and Ruby Grapefruit with chilli salad, Asian inspired coleslaw, Swede with onions and sage, carrot hummus and broccoli salad with Asian style dressing. Awaiting my copy of the Bikers from the library.

Aloha- I've tried the spouffle, and would advise some serious seasoning. The DC loved it, but Dh and I found it very bland. I have made it again for DC but it's nothing special, and I have to add loads of salt to mine.

fallenempires Tue 25-Jun-13 12:06:51

I haven't got the HFW book but will watch this thread with interest.I've been working my way through HB's Great Curries over the past few months and haven't had a bad one yet.
I can recommend
Traditional Lamb Saag
Lamb Kofta Curry
Lamb Dopiaza
Quick Chicken Madras
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Makhani
Masala Roasted Chicken with Minted Yoghurt Sauce
Onion Bhajis
Chicken Tikka
The only things that haven't worked are the naans and chapattis.

ShoeWhore Tue 25-Jun-13 12:26:52

I love the HFW veg book and would really recommend the North African stew which is a firm favourite in our house. Also I made the summer version of the couscous salad and it was so delicious. The pearl barley broth is also very good (but a bit wintery for June perhaps!).

I made the mushroom ragout with polenta and loved the mushrooms but not too keen on the polenta, that might just be me not being a big lover of sloppy polenta though!

I'd like to try the tahini-dressed courgette and green bean salad next.

Fallen, I didn't like the look of the breads although have made several of the curries and they are delicious. I do make naan and chapati but to a different recipe.

I also have the HFW book and have so far only made the beetroot and walnut hummus which my partner and I liked but kids didn't. Am excited for next month smile

I have a fab Indian grocers round the corner who sell all the spices I need for Indian cookery really cheaply and in big quantities!!

HuevosRancheros Tue 25-Jun-13 18:30:00

I made the lamb dhansak from HB, but used quorn insted of lamb. And didn't put butternut squash in as I don't like it. Curry was lovely.
Also made the sag paneer, really really lovely.

I do have a gripe with this book, though In some recipes (not sure what %, but certainly the dhansak), it doesn't include many spices in the recipe, just uses 'curry paste' (i.e. a shop bought one, Pataks or whatever). It says this is for ease, but I didn't have any in, and wanted to make it from scratch, so ended up googling a recipe and making up a batch. Didn't mind making it, didn't take long, but think the HB should have included a recipe for a paste, for those inclined.

(if anyone is interested, I used a Jamie recipe as it was the first one google presented me with, and it was pretty good. But that was what made the curry, so a bit cross with HB for that)

Rant over.

Hmmm I have ignored any recipes which include ready made curry paste as for me, the interest and the pleasure is in making it myself.

HuevosRancheros Tue 25-Jun-13 18:38:14

I'm the same, cat, but dhansak is my favourite curry, soi had to do it. I had already emotionally committed to it before I actually looked at the ingredients smile


Has anyone made their basic Dahl? I did and we all really liked it, even lentil-disliking daughter ate the leftovers for supper the next day

HuevosRancheros Tue 25-Jun-13 18:47:28

I was going to, but then chickened out and made the dhal I always make, from the Curry Secret.

As a complete aside, I have a lovely lamb stock going at the moment! I work in a butcher's and was watching the guys stripping the meat from a lamb breast today and throwing the bones into the meat bin. I retrieved some of the bones (much to my mother's horror grin) and asked for loads more and now have a lovely lamb stock bubbling away on the stove. And all for free!!! Now have to decide what to make with it!

HuevosRancheros, I have that book too and really like it!

Don't make HFW's dhal - tis rubbish.

I've got Madhur J's World Vegetarian and love it, so I'll make a curry out of that. Not sure re HFW as have been thoroughly underwhelmed by it thus far. Might try the spring onion tart thing.

snoworneahva Tue 25-Jun-13 20:59:30

I think Hugh can't do currys - I've yet to come across an impressive recipe - so I just by pass them. Avocado, grapefruit and chilli salad for lunch tomorrow - sounds unusual so looking forward to it.

AlohaMama Wed 26-Jun-13 02:42:44

The trouble is, who can compare to madhur for currys??

Keep recommendations for HFW coming. After initially being excited when I got this book, whenever I leaf through I don't see anything I really want to make.

fallenempires Wed 26-Jun-13 09:28:03

cat which bread recipes do you use instead?
snoworneahva HFW has a nice baked chicken curry recipe in River Cottage Everyday.It's not particularly spicy but more fragrant.
I agree with avoiding recipes which advocate using ready made pastes as I think one of the joys of Indian cooking is toasting and grinding the spices.

Fallen, have to dash to work but will post a link later smile

Just got MJ's Curry Bible.

There's no recipe for Saag Paneer.sad

HuevosRancheros Wed 26-Jun-13 18:36:28

I did the Hairy Bikers' Sag Paneer, here
Very good. I used frozen spinach. Also, I simmered the paneer in the curry for a bit, after frying, to get more flavour into it. If you do this, don't bother with the semolina coating, as it all washes off into the sauce!

I wouldn't avoid ones with curry pastes, just make your own paste.

I just think they should give a recipe, that's all smile

Ooh, two books I have!

I love the HB Curry book, my top favourites from it so far are:
- prawn puris. Don't miss these! It is a really refreshing delicate beautiful starter, very classy tasting
- chicken tikka. Fabulously easy, but note the need to make your spiced yogurt mix the night before to marinade the chicken overnight. But then you simply have to put the chicken under a hot grill for about 5-10 mins and turn it once making it super super easy on the day and therefore a great extra dish if you are making several and don't want to implode with stress at the last min. Or is that just me??
-Afghan aubergines. I just serve these as a vegetable dish alongside other curries, and omit the yogurt base as I wasn't keen on the concept. The aubergine dish is sublime. All silky and rich and luscious. And requires basically no input for the final 40 mins, leaving you free to knock up other bits and pieces like bhajis!

The channa massala was lovely, but then I adore chickpeas so it's right up my street!

Naans didn't work for me though.

I have a different MJ book "Illustrated indian Cookery" and expect there's some crossovers. Her vegetable pilau is fabulous, as is her Cabbage and peas dish.

Chachouka is really delicious, a great breakfast, or a really nice lunch/dinner. Goes well with sausages But if you want it for breakfast I would advise making the tomato sauce the night before as it takes a while. Then I just warm it up in the frying pan, make the wells, crack the eggs in and put a lid over it for about 3 mins til the eggs are done, saves faffing around baking it in the oven for 15 mins which I can't see the point of.
The aubergine parmiagiana was nice.
And I am very partial to the refried beans, not because they are particularly amazing, but because I love the spicy pulse/salsa/cheese in pitta combo and it's quick and easy.
His quinoa and courgette salad was really good actually - we had it cold and that was fab, but I can imagine warm still hot would have been better still.
His curries however look rubbish curry snob here Just a bit bland.

LordEmsworth Wed 26-Jun-13 21:54:27

From HFW I love:
Kale and mushroom lasagne is fiddly but really nice
The flatbreads
Mushroom stoup
Quinoa and courgette salad
Squash, mushroom and goat's cheese salad
Roast potato & aubergines

maniacbug Wed 26-Jun-13 22:42:15

Ooh, you're all here already! Lots of lovely suggestions, am going to have to read again from the beginning and take notes.
I am ridiculously excited about a month of curries, though still waiting for HB to arrive.... Seems very popular. Aubergine curry is my absolute favourite so going to try the Afghan aubergine first - thanks for tip spiltthetea! (If anyone has Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, the aubergine curry with tomatoes, ginger + fennel seeds is incredible.)
Anyone got any of Anjum Anand's books? I tend to alternate between her and MJ.

maniacbug Wed 26-Jun-13 22:48:32

Huevos just clicked on your sag paneer link. I want some RIGHT NOW!

ScienceRocks Wed 26-Jun-13 22:54:41

I've scheduled in masala dosa, lamb pasanda and chicken Katsura curry for next week from HB. My mum is coming down for the next few days so I have placed an order for some of the more obscure ingredients with her (she is Indian (as am I) and cooks Indian food every day so buys all the spices etc in huge bags). She thinks it hugely amusing that I am going to attempt dosas as she says they are fiendishly difficult, but not as amusing as the fact that I will be cooking curries based on recipes by two Geordie blokes smile

I have the HFW book.

The chachouka is lovely but double the quantities if you actually want to feed 4. It is not generous portion-wise.
My lot loved the spouffle (the spinach version) and the vegeree.
The chilli and herb polenta sticks are good. The kids love them. Add more chilli than he suggests though, or you won't taste it at all.
I tried a recipe for some kind of South American (Chilean? Peruvian?) squash and bean stew from the soup section but it was not good. Watery and bland. (And the end result looked nothing like the picture in the book).

I've had a read through the MJ Curry Bible and I'm not enthused by anything.

Will try HB instead.

Huevos- I've just seen your sash paneer link. Thanks.

I could eat some now. blush

ScienceRocks Thu 27-Jun-13 09:40:23

Slightly off topic, but could I enter a plea for Paul Hollywood's How To Bake for September please? I have made lots of the bread recipes (including sourdough) but I need to summon the courage to try some of the sweet pastries smile

Sash paneer? Saag!

showtunesgirl Thu 27-Jun-13 11:55:56

The Curry Bible is amazing but you do need a bit of time to do the recipes. This would probably be my Desert Island Cookbook.

Curry Easy is a great go to book if you don't have time.

I have Veg but not cooked a lot from that yet.

I'm at work at the mo so will list my favourites later.

snoworneahva Thu 27-Jun-13 15:24:53

Just got the Hairy Bikers book - and they have a recipe for Indonesian Beef Rendang - Dh's favourite curry, so hard to get a good recipe, we've tried a few but none of them are quite right....this will definitely be one to try....hopefully it'll be the one dh has been craving for years. smile

Parsnipcake Thu 27-Jun-13 16:10:53

I have just got book people order with hairy bikers - looks great. Also got Fuschia Dunlop which looks quite scary. Interested to see what everyone cooks from this, not sure how it's going to go down here.

XBenedict Thu 27-Jun-13 16:14:40

Anyone got Simon Hopkinson's The good cook? I have been watching him this week as I have sooo much ironing and have loved his recipes. We are having his coq au vin tonight smile Maybe you could choose it for your Sept book and then I'd have to buy it wink

Pantah630 Thu 27-Jun-13 19:17:31

Really fancied a curry as weather is yuk, again. I have HB Korma on the stove, ready to go and TM Pork Scratching in another pan starting their long road to being eaten. 3-4 days drying 😔😒😞😢 don't know if can wait that long, it smells lovely and orangey coupled with the smell of korma 😀

glorious Thu 27-Jun-13 19:28:13

shoe the courgette and green bean salad with tahini dressing is lovely.

I'll flick through the book for other favourites soon but from memory I'd also recommend:
* squash and fennel lasagne
* merguez chickpeas
* squash and blue cheese toasties (more an idea than a recipe)
* beetroot hummus
* dukkah

My copy of Madhur has arrived at the library so I'll be picking it up soon and I'll see if they have Hairy Bikers too smile

Can anyone recommend any recipes from MJ please?

Off topic but I'm a name changer. I haven't just invaded.grin

tigerlilygrr Thu 27-Jun-13 19:54:45

Ooh now you're making us guess Pete. I am long overdue a name change but I am bizarrely fond of my nn!

showtunesgirl Thu 27-Jun-13 19:59:02

The Kenyan chicken curry is very good from Curry Bible

I also regularly do the South Indian Green Beans, Karhai Broccoli from Curry Easy.

Actually I do do a LOT of her chicken ones as they are quick and easy!

Pantah630 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:02:42

The korma was delicious if a tad hot. I used mild chilli powder instead of the hot so don't think it was that. I didn't have fresh ginger only cheats ginger in brine, I weighed that out instead, do you think too much ginger would add heat?


Tiger I only named changed because I managed to out myself on another thread. sad

I was quite fond of my name.

Name changed not named changed!

ScienceRocks Fri 28-Jun-13 00:12:40

Pete, I have seen you on the MadMen thread (I lurk but don't post). Love the name!

AlohaMama Fri 28-Jun-13 00:12:55

I know it's not July but...made the fish curry with half-ripe mangoes from MJ last night. Caveat - I was missing some key ingredients (grd cumin and coriander, curry leaves). I put in more coconut milk than she said as 50ml didn't seem like it was going to add anything, and didn't bother browning the fish. Other than all that, it was nice, not the best I've made though. I felt it could be sweeter - more mangoes would have helped. We ate it with mango chutney which much improved it. DS (2) loved it.

For Pete, my favourites from MJ include -
Royal Chicken Korma
Singapore style south indian chicken curry (using much less water than in the recipe)
Kadhai chicken
Singapore style prawn curry
Green cabbage sabzi (so easy and great side dish)
Natal red kidney bean curry (my go to store cupboard curry, using tinned not dried chickpeas and tinned tomatoes if I don't have fresh, it's really quick and delicious)
Malaysian split pea curry with vegetables
South African Chicken Biryani - only for special occasion as you prepare each layer separately so takes a while, but very aromatic

Have made more besides but those are the ones I keep going back to.

Thanks Aloha and Showgirl.

Don't lurk Science, come and join

Well maybe next season.grin Have you been on Tom and Lorenzo?

showtunesgirl Fri 28-Jun-13 09:56:08

One thing to note about all of MJ curries though is that I put in substantially less salt than she specifies but I find this to be true of nearly all curry recipes where they put in too much.

woollywomble Fri 28-Jun-13 11:29:45

Hi, is it ok to join you? I seem to have loads of cookbooks but always cook the same old things so this would be a great way to start being a bit more adventurous. Have ordered July and August's books from the library and look forward to reporting back soon!

glorious Fri 28-Jun-13 11:32:49

Welcome woolly. Hope your library is speedier than mine, I'm still waiting on a June book (bought it in the end)

Xiaoxiong Fri 28-Jun-13 12:35:27

Hello, signing in! I just lurked in June as it was manic here and I didn't have either of the books. But July and August are right up my alley (esp August - my two favourite books right now grin)

Curry bible: I love the few things I have cooked from there - Kenyan coriander chicken, chicken biryani, cabbage sabzi. Don't know why I haven't explored it more so looking forward to everyone else's suggestions.

HFW: back when everyone was raving about this on MN I tried two things as a test to see if I wanted to get the book. I looked at the recipes published in one of the Sunday papers as i figured those were likely to be the best if they were using them as a sales pitch.

Tried the chickpea curry - the one with ketchup - followed recipe to the letter and it was so foul even my very loyal DH who will usually choke anything down if I've made it pushed it round and round his plate - we binned the rest sad (have since found much better recipe on the Wednesday Chef food blog)

Then tried the shakshuka and it didn't hold a candle to ottolenghi's recipe.

Needless to say I didn't buy the book!! Did I just pick the two dud recipes?

snoworneahva Fri 28-Jun-13 13:40:22

Just made the Avocado and Grapefruit with chilli salad from Hugh's veg - it was a bit of an assault on the tastebuds - sour, creamy, heat....I enjoyed eating it, it was interesting but my tastebuds were confused, I don't think I'd make it again but it would make a fabulous starter for a vegan meal.

snoworneahva Fri 28-Jun-13 21:08:43

Just eaten the Vietnamese Kebabs from MJ - really liked this dish, I went light on the chilli hoping for a family success - no joy there but the meatballs were light on texture and tasty and enjoyed by all - loved the fish sauce and the mint leaves really gave it an edge.

But I don't reactivate the yeast, I just throw it all in the bread machine. I do cook it in a very hot pan as recommended in this recipe as my oven never gets hot enough

AlohaMama Sat 29-Jun-13 07:10:34

Well I made the spouffle tonight - courgette version. As recommended by pregnant pause I added more flavour by putting in extra nutmeg, substituting some parmesan for some of the cheddar, and adding some wholegrain was surprisingly tasty but felt a bit like a slightly glorified pasta bake with a fluffier texture. I would make again or at least then idea of adding egg whites to other pasta bakes to achieve the same effect.

glorious Sat 29-Jun-13 15:22:03

Other ideas from HFW are the pasta with raw tomato and the lettuce, spring onion and cheese tart (made this in the glorious weeks of mat leave before my 5 month old DD arrived and still remember it being delicious!)

Parsnipcake Sat 29-Jun-13 17:17:31

My dd just made the DIY pot noodle from HFW and it was delicious. I am pleasantly surprised. Helped along by some chipotle paste. Very fresh tasting.

akarucker Sat 29-Jun-13 19:27:06

Made the Balti with sizzling beef from HB. It was very nice, although not terribly exciting. A good one to put together at short notice. I did have a bit of a problem 'wasting' one sirloin steak per person in this recipe though. I would make it again, but I think I'd use a cheaper cut of beef, and save the sirloins to eat as they are.

We had it with the basmati and orzo rice from Jerusalem (May?) which, as always, was absolutely delicious.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Jun-13 19:47:42

I've started a bit early and done the Madhur Jaffrey silken chicken tikka masala.

I'm disappointed. The chicken is gorgeous, I marinaded it then grilled it in the oven and its beautiful.

The sauce ruins it though. I followed the recipe to the letter and the sauce was thin and watery. The recipe said it would thicken up so I hoped and prayed, it didn't. I added some more natural yoghurt to try and thicken it but it was getting less tomatoey then and more yoghurty so I stopped.

Just wasn't very nice. Dd refused to eat it but she's winding me up by been fussy atm. It was edible but I'm considering pulling the chicken chunks out the leftovers and having them in a wrap rather than a curry.

I've ordered the Bikers curry book as am so disheartened!

AlohaMama Sun 30-Jun-13 05:01:01

Made the easy chickpea curry tonight from MJ. Even using less chilies and cayenne it was hot, but very nice. Not spectacular but pretty good, nice easy and quick curry.

Cocochops Sun 30-Jun-13 17:05:29

Another mumsnet thread costing me money - I though I would be safe if I stayed away from the style and beauty threads!

So just discovered this thread looks just what I need to get me out of my food rut. I already have HFW and quite like it will post on what I have cooked so far but good to try out a couple more. I love curries and always looking for new recipes so just bought the hairy bikers and every grain of rice looked really nice so ordered that too!

Hopefully will manage 4 new recipes this month dc2 is 2 months old so will try my best! Have already meal planned and shopped for next week so will start the week after. Right off to flick through HFW while I wait for my new books to arrive.

Has anybody made the lentil, parsnip and watercress salad from HFW? DD1 fancies it, but I'm not terribly fond of parsnips.

tigerlilygrr Sun 30-Jun-13 17:23:24

Hi coco great to see you throw yourself into the thread; I think we all agree the thread can be a bit expensive but tge results are generally delicious!

Hairy Bikers korma and basic Dahl tonight. Have made the Dahl recently so that is cheating a bit but made their korma for the first time. It is really lovely, very fragrant and quite 'complex' but was very easy to make. Will definitely do this again. Would make a lovely dinner party dish as part of an Indian evening smile

Beaver , I don't think you will be disappointed with the Hairy Bikers book smile

VivaLeBeaver Sun 30-Jun-13 18:44:03

Someone I know said they cook from the Hairy Bikers book quite a bit and said all dishes have been good apart from the jalfrazi one.

Parsnipcake Sun 30-Jun-13 21:44:38

Just made HFW roast potatoes with 2 mojo sauces alongside TM chicken and almond mole. All good. jFW has been pleasant surprise so far, but mainly side dishes so far. Mojo sauces were very tasty and lots left over - will be using as salad dressing I think.

HuevosRancheros Mon 01-Jul-13 13:58:29

Pantah and Cat, who have made the HB korma - was it the standard creamy one, or the 'light' one?
Don't generally like kormas, but the light one appeals, as doesn't seem so creamy, and can be chillied-up to make a balti!

Tonight, I am going to have a go at the Goan Fish Curry, as it is not like anything I have made before. I am, however, going to use tofu instead of fish!! Bit nervous about putting the vinegar in, DH loathes any sweet and sour type thing, so may have to tone it down a little.....

The standard one, HR. It was very nice but it was rich, like all kormas, I suppose. I have made Goan fish curry which is yummy but not from the HB book. I think mine was from an Anjum Anand book. I liked it as it was quite light but with loads of flavour.

Am not cooking for the next two days as am away eating other people's cooking! Am rather excited: dinner in a lovely Fish restaurant in Leith tonight then lunch tomorrow at Wisharts grin

Pantah630 Mon 01-Jul-13 20:43:06

Mine was the standard one as well, delicious will definitely make again.

I'm going to make the mushroom and kale lasagne tomorrow from Veg, has anyone tried it?

Pantah630 Mon 01-Jul-13 20:43:45

Enjoy your dinners out Cat smile

ScienceRocks Mon 01-Jul-13 20:49:49

Masala dosa from HB tonight. My mum laughed when I told her, saying dosas are ridiculously difficult to make. She was right smile Filling was good though.

Oh I do love dhosas - but they are fiddlier than a fiddly thing with a very special reason for being fiddly.

Xiaoxiong Mon 01-Jul-13 22:07:46

Science would you make the filling again - could it stand alone as a potato side dish?

We had a piece of smoked haddock in the fridge that needed eating up so I googled and found the Hairy Bikers recipe for kedgeree, which I had for dinner tonight and DS will be fed the rest tomorrow! I left out the cream though as I didn't have any in, poached the haddock in milk instead of water, and used coriander instead of parsley. It's great and not at all soupy.

Only problem is I'm not sure whether it was from this particular HB curries book since I don't actually have the book itself - it was just on the BBC Hairy Bikers website - but I thought it might be as it's sort of a smoked fish biryani, right? If I've got the wrong HB book just ignore me smile

ScienceRocks Mon 01-Jul-13 22:46:38

I blimmin' love kedgeree. I'll check for that recipe in the HB book (I usually do Gordon's).

I would do the dosa filling again. It would work well as a samosa filling, or as a simple evening meal with wraps, chapattis or pitta. I will try the dosas again too as I think my batter separated, meaning the first one was mainly liquid and the last one was mainly flour. The one in the middle wasn't too bad (pic on my twitter for anyone interested - I'm TodayICooked).

Just the smell of the mustard seeds was pure nostalgia, and transported me back to my parents' house when I was growing up smile

Two more curries this week from HB planned. Will keep you all posted!

HuevosRancheros Tue 02-Jul-13 07:48:36

Made the Goan Fish Tofu Curry last night, very good.
As cat said, it is very light, so a good midweek curry if you don't fancy a big, rich, heavy curry.

But..... 6 tablespoons of oil for a 'serves 4' curry seemed far too much. I spent a lot of time at the end carefully scraping the oil off, as it all separated out anyway. So I would advise anyone making it not to put that much in. I realise the the fat can give flavour, but that was OTT.

Also, the amount of water made a very runny sauce, more like a soup. Maybe if you were cooking fish, rather than tofu, in it it would have absorbed some? But I ended up simmering it for a while to get it to reduce.

I added the vinegar halfway through cookng, as recommended, but not at the end, as I thought it would be too much for DH. Can see that it would taste good though.

Despite all that (!), I would make it again, with amendments! smile

Cocochops Tue 02-Jul-13 10:09:21

Just been flicking through HFW.
Things I have made so far before joining this thread

Pinto bean chilli - Good usually batch cook this as it freezes well

Aubergine and green bean curry- I really like this curry it makes double curry paste so you can freeze half. Bit of a faff frying all the aubergines but worth it

Rocket fennel and lentil salad - I found there was too much fennel in this but I think maybe I just needle to slice it more thinly

Soups have tried curried sweet potato and Mexican bean and tomato both good and easy

Kale pizza - kale was ok but prefer other toppings. Use his base recipe though

Carrot chick pea pittas quite nice would make again if I had leftover carrots and needed a quick lunch

White bean and artichokes love this as an easy store cupboard lunch

Twice baked potatoes- love these potatoes go so creamy

Ok so now need some. New recipes to try. Might try his Asian brocolli salad tonight as am having brocolli anyway. Will probably try mushroom risoniotto as I have half a packet of orzo to use up. Also fancy trying the spoufle, spelt squah and fennel salad and tahini courgette salad.

Still waiting for HB looking forward to licking out some recipes from that

greensnail Tue 02-Jul-13 14:28:22

Kicking off july with the courgette spouffle tonight. Have noted the comments above and will add extra nutmeg and mustard too. Not sure how it will go down with mt family. Can see it being either a big hit or a big flop.

ELR Tue 02-Jul-13 17:17:57

Hi all I've made the chicken and cardamom curry from curry easy tonight for tea, I've added a tablespoon of extra thick single cream and a tablespoon of ground almonds. Nice and quick and very basic so perfect for a quick dinner I used chicken breast instead of leg pieces. Going to serve with mushroom rice and may make saag aloo if I canbe bothered!
coco let me know how the mushroom risotto thing is and i may make it. I also have orzo and mushrooms to use up!

Pantah630 Tue 02-Jul-13 20:24:39

Just finished a large plate of mushroom and kale lasagne from Veg, it was delicious. I was very generous with the Dijon in the bechamel sauce, more like 3 heaped tsps, didn't bother with the oil over the top, I couldn't see the point of it and bulked up 200g kale with a pack of mixed Riverford leaves, think rocket, spinach, mizuna. Very easy to make, took me approx half an hour to assemble, another to cook. Well worth the effort and with a big portion you don't miss the meat if you're a dedicated carnivore. Will definitely add to the list of dishes I make regularly.

greensnail Tue 02-Jul-13 20:53:52

Spouffle was ok. Kids ate it without complaint and dh and I thought it was quite nice. Well probably make again and try the spinach version this time, will be impressed if it can convince my children to eat spinach!

Next on my list is red fish curry from the curry bible. Anyone made this before? I'm really looking forward to it, so hope it lives up to my expectations!

Feathered Wed 03-Jul-13 17:59:34

I'm on a diet! So I'm going to do this from a 'tweaking to be lower in calories' angle. I've also not got the correct Madhur Jaffrey one - I've got the "Easy Curry" one.
Will let you know how I get on. Anyone else doing this . . . or can recommend the less lardy HFW recipes?
Thanks x

Oh my goodness - have just finally got 'Plenty' out of the library. I want to cook everything. Where do I start?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Jul-13 18:12:49

Pantah - what does kale taste like? I like the sound of the lasagne but have never had kale before. I don't like green cabbage and I don't like sprouts and I imagine kale to be somewhere near them in taste. I don't mind spinach.

HuevosRancheros Wed 03-Jul-13 18:50:15

*Surprise tatin is good
*Loved the stuffed onions, would be good as starter or light meal
*Black pepper tofu
*Banh xeo is different, and delicious, and light
*Personally didn't like the mushroom lasagne, but realised (through making this) that I don't like ricotta in lasagnes. Or tarragon. Learn something new every day!
*Have heard good things about the sweet winter slaw, but never done it myself
*Brussel sprouts and tofu is fab smile
*Keep meaning to do the green pancakes and lime butter, never got round to it
*Egg spinach and pecorino pizza I remember as being good; I am fairly sure I found it very salty, but haven't written any notes confused
*The first thing I ever wanted to make was the globe artichokes with crushed broad beans; for some reason I never did, probably because they weren't in season when I got the book at Christmas time. When are artichokes in season?
*Have heard people rave about his hummus, but am fairly happy with mine...
*Avocado, quinoa and broad bean salad is one of my favourite things. It was my first introduction to quinoa smile. Think i tweaked the dressing recipe a bit though, don't remember the cumin

And having leafed through the book, I have made more than I realised. But want to make loads more! Will start a list smile

ScienceRocks Wed 03-Jul-13 18:56:49

Remus, snap! I visited a friend today and spotted Ottolenghi on her cookbook shelf (not the man himself, I hasten to add) so have brought it home smile

HB lamb pasanda this evening. Took quite a long time but not much effort if you know what I mean. Tasted good, the kids liked it too. Served it with rice, salad and papad.

capercaillie Wed 03-Jul-13 18:57:58

I've made loads out of Veg - have owned for 18 months. We rarely use another book during the week. Several recipes have become regulars.

This week I tried a new recipe from it - summer stir fried vegetables with egg fried rice. Yummy and quick.

Also doing oven roasted ratatouille and vegeree this week.

Black pepper tofu looks amazing. That's deffo on the list.

Pantah630 Wed 03-Jul-13 20:53:06

viva kale is like a cross between spinach and cabbage, I love it but if you're not into your greens I'd substitute the kale for spinach you just might need twice as much.

Made HB Light Korma tonight, was good but still too bloody hot. I used proper ginger this time but think I need to halve the amount as we love korma. It tasted just as creamy and spicy as the full fat version. I also made their Sag Aloo, it was lovely another one to make again and again. It would go well with simple grilled chicken or fish as well as part of a curry meal.

Remus and science stop tempting me with Plenty!! I already have Ottelenghi and Jerusalem, this thread is not supposed to make me buy more cook books grin

VivaLeBeaver Wed 03-Jul-13 21:18:57

Thanks Pantah, using spinach instead is a good idea.

HuevosRancheros Wed 03-Jul-13 21:53:21

Pantah get Plenty smile

HuevosRancheros Wed 03-Jul-13 21:59:42

Though I do love the way that when Tiger started this bookclub (all hail tiger), it was because she had loads of books that she never uses, and thought it would be good to work her way through them....

I have bought Thomasina Miers, Jerusalem, Hairy Bikers' curry and One Grain of Rice since happening upon you guys a month or so ago shock

Don't get me wrong, smile, love them all, thrilled to be introduced to them all, but blimey, an expensive thread, this one.
(better stay away from the 'finding the right bra for you' thread this month! wink )

XBenedict Wed 03-Jul-13 22:15:20

I have had Plenty for sometime now and I'm embarrassed to say I haven't used it yet blush

I bought it because DH and I wanted to eat less meat.........really need to open it. You all sound like you've made some amazing stuff.

Top of the list so far are the black pepper tofu, the green pancakes with lime butter, the double potato curry (but the cooking time seems far too long - I feel like it would turn to mush) and the butternut squash salad.

ScienceRocks Wed 03-Jul-13 23:13:19

HuevosRancheros, have you heard of this wonderful invention called a library grinwink?

Thank you for the chipotles as well. I have finally made my chipotles en adobo - just in time too, as ocado has stopped stocking the paste shock

maniacbug Wed 03-Jul-13 23:16:20

Me too, Huevos! Though I have been sitting here tapping my fingers, waiting for HB Curries to arrive... finally checked my Amazon account today and realised I'd never actually completed my order. So I'm a little behind this month (I have both MJs but they are still in transit from our old house) but have made notes of all the suggestions and will get started soon. We're away two weekends as well, so I might end up carrying July over into Aug when we have curry-loving visitors coming to stay.
FWIW I can recommend the chicken karhai with mint and the South Indian potato curry from Curry Easy. (Have written next to the karhai: 'REALLY nice + easy, kids loved')

tigerlilygrr Wed 03-Jul-13 23:19:02

huevos it's cost me a fortune! And I haven't even been cooking that much from June onwards! I love it though and am getting back n to it now my hols are over.

Science it's nice of you to remind huevos about libraries although I do seem to remember the odd comment from you about the deficiencies of your local library ... grin ... But yes huevos try your library, everyone but science has been pleasantly surprised!

maniacbug Wed 03-Jul-13 23:32:48

Incidentally I know what I have written next to the karhai, even though I don't have the book here, because I keep notes on successful recipes in a specially created spreadsheet, which has over 600 entries. I have been talking to school recently about DS1s obsessive collecting and cataloguing of data... and am slowly coming to the realisation that it might actually be genetic! I am a closet librarian and spreadsheet geek.

AlohaMama Thu 04-Jul-13 01:22:20

wow maniac that puts my obsessive spreadsheeting to shame. I am a mere novice compared to you!

continue to leaf through Veg but still keep failing to be inspired. Must try harder...have decided to make patatas bravas tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.

ScienceRocks Thu 04-Jul-13 07:35:47

Tiger, well remembered! My library (and borough) is pretty rubbish for cookbooks, but most people seem to be having more success than me.

Impressive spreadsheeting skills in display particularly to someone who is unable to use excel. I make notes in my cookbooks and use twitter as my diary smile

HuevosRancheros Thu 04-Jul-13 07:51:32

Science grin
I ordered Jerusalem through the library, I was eighth on the list, it looked like I would never get it sad
So I bought it on the Kindle, flicked through and decided to keep it grin
(by the way, made the conchiglie with yoghurt, peas and chilli, on the recommendation of Orangette, and it was amazing. Far better than it sounds from the list of ingredients)

Got the Madhur Jaffrey book from the library, didn't fancy it, sent it back.
Got HFW Veg ages ago from the library, again nothing grabbed me (veggie since I was 15, nothing new in the book it seemed), sent it back
Got the other Fuchsia Dunlop book out ages ago, very meat-based, so sent it back

The ones I bought, I read rave reviews on Amazon, also looked at the index on Amazon. Of course, I got the ideas from you lovely ladies.
And they have filled 'gaps' in my bookshelves. Except I have run out of space, but you know what I mean. I needed a good curry book, a good chinese book, I had no Mexican at all.....and I have been thinking of getting Jerusalem for ages, but thought I didn't need it. Probably didn't really, as it is quite meaty, but I do love Yotam smile

I am on the waiting list for Prashad from the library!

(just read this back and sound like I'm defending my spending habits! Sorry, obviously have some guilt there!)

ScienceRocks Thu 04-Jul-13 09:46:03

Defend away Huevos! I justify cookbook spending as one of the few things I do for me, and reason that we have to eat so it is actually quite useful. I also read cookbooks like novels, and would never think twice about buying fiction (for me or anyone else), so that also helps. This rationale deals with most of the guilt.

The Ottolenghi book I have borrowed is simply called Ottolenghi. It may have been the first one, as my friend (who I am trying to recruit to this thread) says she has had it for years. Recommendations welcome!

maniacbug Thu 04-Jul-13 09:49:37

Science I write in my cookbooks too, the spreadsheet is just so it's all in one place. I started doing a 'recipes to try' one but only got about a third of the way through my books before I started losing the will to live - I love this thread because it's a less nerdy more interesting way of doing the same thing!
Huevos do you have Veggiestan? I've not used it yet, but some lovely-looking stuff in there.

I've made hfw new potato, green beans and olives for a lunch to take to work. I had a sneak try, and it's deliciousgrin

Done it before, but we had the baby carrot risotto last night, to the delight of my family, they always love it, it's worth a try.

maniacbug Thu 04-Jul-13 10:39:28

Just out of interest, has anyone managed to persuade any RL friends to join in? I have been mentioning it lots, to far-flung friends in passing but to local friends very deliberately, in the hope that someone might wish to take turns cooking and/or share leftovers. So far, no joy. Will keep trying!

Any DPs/DHs getting involved? Mine loves bread and pasty baking so will probably wrestle Dan Lepard off me and may well be on here himself with his Paul Hollywood recommendations if that one ever gets chosen.

pregnant I hadn't spotted that one but a bunch of baby carrots arrived in the veg box yesterday so might give it a try, thanks for tip.

maniacbug Thu 04-Jul-13 10:39:51

(and now I really do need to go and do some work)

Pantah630 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:04:34

We had new carrots in ours yesterday too and a kohlrabi. Sure I saw a raw salad using slivers of this in Veg when flicking through. Will look properly later. Carrot risotto sounds nice, has anyone tried the Mushroom Stoup?

I made HB Thai Chicken and Coconut curry last night.

It is technically a cheat because its from the HB diet book but it was yummy. smile

Talking of libraries, mine had Every Grain of Rice. I was quite shocked.grin

It looks brand new though which is a bit worrying after I splattered the brand new copy of Jerusalem.

maniacbug Thu 04-Jul-13 11:47:36

Pantah kohlrabi salad in Jerusalem!

We had broad beans too, so the only thing I'm actually missing for the risotto is the white wine... worth a trip to the shops, methinks.

maniacbug Thu 04-Jul-13 11:49:19

... or should I just raid the stash I have here for the bottle tombola at Saturday's school fair? grin

Pantah630 Thu 04-Jul-13 19:34:28

Thank you, thank you pregnant baby carrot and broad bean risotto a big hit here. Ds2 begged me to do it more often smile

maniac raid the stash, it's worth it and you can always pop another bottle in tomorrow.

HuevosRancheros Fri 05-Jul-13 08:13:24

DH is not a risotto fan (weirdo), but I will google that carrot and broad bean risotto for when I am cooking for myself.

Made the HB Keralan King Prawn curry last night, served it with chapattis (not HB's). The curry was really lovely, very light, full of flavour. The corainder and lime at the end added a zing and kept it fresh tasting. Would work well with other meat/veg/fish instead of the prawns, as long as they didn't take a long time to cook in the sauce; I get the feeling it would lose some of its fresh flavour if it was overcooked

Ooh will try the HB prawn curry at the weekend :-)

I have had the Jerusalem lamb shawarma marinating in the fridge overnight (wrong book, I know!) and serving with the fatoush salad. Am making a pavlova for pudding, flavoured with orange blossom water and with pomegranate and almonds. Not very authentic but might work. Need to think of another fruit to go with (not figs). Any ideas?

Love this thread smile

ScienceRocks Fri 05-Jul-13 10:00:44

Cat, I think I'd add raspberries to that pavlova which sounds much lovelier than most things I cook especially as they are in season at the moment.

Attempting the chicken katsu curry tonight from HB. The children have requested nigel Slater's bolognaise (by name) so I will make a batch and freeze some for future quick dinners.

maniacbug Fri 05-Jul-13 10:42:19

cat nice ripe mango? Would look beautiful with pomegranate. Or caramelised clementines?

Can I come to your house for tea?

Pantah630 Fri 05-Jul-13 10:42:26

YY to raspberries, with a side of very sweet, ripe watermelon. You've got me craving shwarma now.

I have a young cousin staying at the end of the month from the US. He's chosen to eat kosher only but not strict kitchen habits thankfully, his adopted Mum, my cousin, is Jewish through her Mum but was brought up Christian as my Great Uncle was a Welsh Baptist. He's exploring his roots which is great, I'm hoping that my Ottolenghi books will be getting a workout again for a fortnight. I hope I don't disappoint him, my memories of when he came over as a child visiting we're of eating McDonalds, thankfully he's moved on from there or he'll be very hungry grin. Any experts around to help would be good, I know no mixing dairy and meat, no shellfish or pork. No tzatziki with the shwarma is sad but we can still have it, maybe tabbouleh for him.

Pantah630 Fri 05-Jul-13 10:47:33

Huevos found this for you

ELR Fri 05-Jul-13 16:33:20

pantah get soya yog to make the tzatziki, then he can have some.

Pantah630 Fri 05-Jul-13 16:58:03

Thanks elr will have a look in the chiller cabinet.

Thanks all. I ended up buying some nice ripe apricots from the green grocers and am poaching them in a sugar syrup. I flattened out my pavlova too much so it looks a little odd but I'm hoping to rescue it with fruit and flaked almonds! and lots of wine

The lamb is in a very low oven and smells lovely. smile

Ps I have another mumsnetter coming to dinner to test it all grin

glorious Fri 05-Jul-13 19:47:53

I'm off to France with my family, DH and DD and we'll be taking the books so I'll update in a week. Happy cooking everyone! smile

ZuleikaJambiere Fri 05-Jul-13 19:58:44

Just marking my spot for July. I'm only cooking from Hugh this month as (I think I mentioned) I am lucky enough to work near the best curry shop ever so have no need to try any recipes. If I ever get a new job I'll be right back to you guys to find out which is voted the best book. One book suits me though, as we're going away for a week, and I'm hoping that my Thomasina Miers finally arrives, and there's still a few Jamie recipes I've got my eye. Which reminds me I need to head back to the old thread to add some more to that

Anyways, looking forward to this month. My first HFW recipe is going to be the much recommended beetroot and walnut hummus, as I roasted several beetroots last night and I need to use them. I hope it's as good as you all say

ScienceRocks Fri 05-Jul-13 21:04:43

Chicken katsu curry from HB tonight. Much better than the recipe in the wagamama / yo sushi book oh dear, I'm not sure which it was as they were disappointing so I traded them in in amazon despite having been given them as presents. I didn't deep fry the chicken, instead frying it in a non-stick pan with a spray of oil and it was fine. I also did some steamed green beans as a side dish so it was less sloppy and had a bit more texture.

Easy too, I'd do it again smile

Apricots were a disaster. I forgot about them and they turned to mush so quickly sent my lovely daughter to Sainsburys for raspberries as suggested. Lamb was nice and the salad dressing unusual but made a nice change from the usual vinagrette.

Best of all was the lovely company smile Happy weekend cooking everyone. I am back to Hugh tomorrow and hoping for inspiration. Maybe a side dish to go with some fish

Pantah630 Fri 05-Jul-13 23:46:52

DS2 and I had the courgette and French bean salad with tahini dressing as a side to steak, chips and mushrooms. Was very nice and we have enough left for tomorrow as DH decided only peas go with steak arse so not in my good books this evening.
I also have the HB frozen rhubarb and vanilla thingy on its first freeze as had loads of rhubarb to use up.
Planning HFW spinach pasties for our picnic tomorrow and possibly the potato and boiled egg salad.

AlohaMama Sat 06-Jul-13 01:15:21

Made patatas bravas from Veg for a 4th July BBQ. It was delicious in flavour, unfortunately by the time it was eaten the potatoes had kind of steamed in the sauce so had lost their crispness. I'd make again but think it would definitely be nicer served fresh.

Pantah630 Sat 06-Jul-13 07:03:08

Oh yum the rhubarb and vanilla ice tastes like an intense Rhubarb a d Custard sweet smile

I had a couple of ripe avocados lurking so have made Hugh's Lemony Guacamole, I used half and half lime and lemon juice and just half a deseeded red chilli. I must say I prefer this to TM, hers was a tad too fiery for me although the smokiness of the chipotle gave a lovely flavour.

Tomatoes now scooped and draining ready for oven drying.

Guess who fell asleep on the sofa and woke before six? grin

greensnail Sat 06-Jul-13 21:41:14

Did curry bible fish in red curry sauce yesterday. Was nice, although a bit too salty even though I didn't salt the fish as the recipe said to. Was quick, easy and tasty so a thumbs up from me although not nice enough to replace my favourite take away!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 06-Jul-13 22:10:37

I'm so going to try the katsu curry, love katsu curry.

maniacbug Sun 07-Jul-13 09:07:46

What a beautiful day! Have just looked through HB to see what we can possibly make on the BBQ and decided on chicken tikka + seekh kebabs with Afghan aubergine (will grill the aubergine on BBQ too) + sag aloo. Yum.

DH made HFW's summer veg frittata last night with chorizo and cheddar instead of goat's cheese; looked good, tasted delicious and he said he liked the way the recipe 'flowed'.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

Pantah630 Sun 07-Jul-13 13:03:34

Yesterday I also made HFW potato and egg salad, spinach and thyme pasties and the oven dried tomatoes. Potato salad is good, better than the shop bought I'd normally buy, can't remember the last time I made my own. It went down well on our picnic a Dancing Ledge, not as well as the pasties though. They're delicious, I used feta and the flavour was authentically Greek, my only complaint was the pastry. Very easy to make but I can't roll out a rectangle thinly for toffee and I ended up with six and half the filling left over. Both boys liked the pastry but I will use up the filling with filo instead and then compare. The tomatoes are lovely and now sat in the empty Waitrose jar with the left over oil from my shop bought ones. These are much, much better 😍

I have a shwarma marinating in the fridge for tomorrow as there was a knock down priced lamb shoulder in the supermarket. Roast pork, roast veggies and left over courgette and bean salad for lunch.

Think I've done far more than two new recipes from each book this month already, loving both I must say, on a par with Jerusalem and surprisingly KD has found a place in my heart too, the pork polpettine are on the menu this week.

Cocochops Sun 07-Jul-13 20:15:02

So I have been making a few things from HFW this week

Beetroot hummus- I really liked this - just used vacuum packed beetroot so was very easy.

Yesterday we had been grazing all day at a picnic so just wanted something light for dinner. Made the honey roast tomatoes and had them on toasted French bread - delicious

Today I made the courgette with tahini dressing salad to go with our BBQ. Cooked the courgettes on the BBQ. Really liked the dressing would make this again.

HB arrived a few days ago and as much as I love curry I find it hard to pick out in this hot weather! Thought I would try something light so next week I am going to make Goan fish curry with cod instead of monkfish and the pomegranate and orange salad. From HFW I will try mushroom risoniotto, pasta with raw tomato sauce and the squash an spelt salad but will make with pearl barley as much cheaper. I have never had spelt or pearl barley before so won't know what I am missing!

HB looks great and lots of the deep fried stuff looks good but I have never deep fried anything before and am a bit scared of doing it. Is it difficult? Seems like a lot of oil to use each time.

ZuleikaJambiere Sun 07-Jul-13 23:00:00

I've made the beetroot and walnut hummus this weekend too, delicious. I don't normally eat beetroot as I really dislike the colour bleeding into the rest of my food, but this has converted me and I may be trying a few more recipes. Thanks Hugh for expanding my horizons

maniacbug Mon 08-Jul-13 14:43:54

May I just say: the seekh kebabs from HB are amazing! We had them on the BBQ last night and they went down well with everyone, including DCs. Ridiculously easy to make, too. DH had a little trouble getting them to stick to the wooden skewers, but the mixture should probably have been chilled for a bit longer first. Honestly they were restaurant (well, at least kebab house) quality. Will definitely do again. They went v. well with chicken tikka (also on BBQ) and Afghan aubergine. The sweetness of the aubergine (from the tomatoes? no sugar added) and the creaminess of the yoghurt sauce really complemented both kebabs, and we just had with plain basmati, sliced cucumber and barbecued sweetcorn. Yum.

HuevosRancheros Mon 08-Jul-13 17:30:37

Normally, the thought of beetroot and walnuts would not appeal, but I will trust you all and give it a go.
Beetroot added to tomorrow's Ocado....

I'm so jealous at the amount of cooking you have all done. I'm finding it too hot to do much of anything.blush

For a future month could we possibly do a Greek cookbook? If anyone can recommend one worth doing?

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 19:48:22

I know what you mean pete. I am just not up to speed with everyone else! I started 5:2 today as well in a last ditch effort to shift some post preg pounds before I go back in sept. it is HORRIBLE. Who are all these people who claim not to feel hungry on 500 calories a day? I am so hungry it's making me lightheaded!

Anyway (rant over), tomorrow is not a fast day THANK GOD so I am trying the katsu curry from HB as well. It does seem like a good book from my flick through but I have to say, I love my Reza Mahammad curry bookso much I can't imagine it matching up. But I will start on the katsu curry and see how I go.

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 19:50:00

Oh also forgot to say pantah recommended Tonia Buxton ages ago as a Greek cookery book. I think she tweeted us as well! What books do we want for September?

Oh that's fab , I'll google it.

Well done doing 5:2. I'd be fine on the non fasting days. Shame about the other 2.wink

Hurray for the beetroot and walnut hummus! It's nice isn't it? I used vac packed beetroot too. And I thought it might be weird! I will try the HB Goan fish curry tomorrow with cod and report back. Have never had Katsu curry but am tempted. What does it taste like? blush

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 21:25:19

Breaded chicken with a lightly spiced sauce, cat. It's comfort food in Japan!

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 21:39:51

My husband has also reminded me to say that to be authentic we should buy katsu curry sauce in a packet. Making your own is like making your own baked beans... It can be done but hardly anyone does!

Funny tiger lily smile Is your husband Japanese?

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 21:57:41

No but we did live in Japan for a year! Best food of my life...

Ooh, lucky smile. You have inspired me to try the chicken too!!!!!

I made hfw cauliflower and chickpea curry last night. Odd choice I know given that he is not reputed for curry and the alt book is in fact, a curry only book, but in an attempt to involve dh in the meal planning I let him chose.
It was actually very nice, and for a usually only meat eater, it was a new use of cauliflower for me. I had to cook it much longer than suggested or it would have been watery. I would probably make it again, if I wasn't as sure as I am, that though this was very nice, madhur and the hb can offer me more. Dh loved it.

Cocochops Tue 09-Jul-13 20:35:59

Just made the HFW fish free nicoise but added a big tuna steak on top grin

I love tuna so it had to be done! Would make again without tuna if I was having it for lunch though.

Looking forward to trying the goan fish curry tomorrow cat did you make that today? Was it nice?

tigerlilygrr Tue 09-Jul-13 22:15:59

I made the chicken katsu curry tonight but cheated a bit by swapping the made-from-scratch chicken with some turkey twizzlers breaded chicken from waitrose. Ocado were all out of panko and actually I'm glad, as the breaded chicken was pretty cheap, decent quality and tasted just the same as the real japanese version to me. I would do it in the same manner next time as well. I stuck religiously to the katsu recipe and thought it was good, to me it tasted just like the real japanese stuff and it was very easy to make with little washing up. I think it does need a little side salad though, probably dressed with Japanese vinegar, so I will do that next time.

AlohaMama Wed 10-Jul-13 01:05:28

I made the singapore prawn curry from the Curry Bible last night. Was delicious, quite a delicate sauce, but lovely flavour. Made double sauce and froze half, and will try that half with fish.

HuevosRancheros Wed 10-Jul-13 19:52:07

Well, H F-W's beetroot and walnut hummus was a success! smile
I made it yesterday, immediately ate half for lunch, then fridged it and ate the rest today!
Better today, I think, as the flavours had matured, and the bread and walnuts had softened. I scattered feta over the top and ate it with pittas, lovely.
I would probably omit the tahini next time, as I didn't feel it was necessary, a little overpowering. Also, if you were serving it as a selection of dips, alongside hummus, you would have tahini overload!

Remus, got to ask, how was the black pepper tofu? smile

mimolette Wed 10-Jul-13 21:08:58

Tried HB's saag paneer last night. Was a bit underwhelmed tbh, have done a better version in the past and don't think the tomatoes really went did it any favours. Struggling with the idea of the other curries a bit in this weather, so would welcome any tips/suggestions of summer-friendly things from the book.
Love tahini dressing on salad, so may try that out on courgettes and beans from HFW next. Also may do their potato salad for a BBQ tomorrow, to see if it beats my usual one smile
PS Want to add my votes to huevos for Jerusalem's pasta with peas, feta and chilli. An unusual recipe and great for the sunshine!

showtunesgirl Wed 10-Jul-13 23:17:23

Chettinad chicken and mushroom bhaaji tonight from Curry Easy. Lovely!

tigerlilygrr Wed 10-Jul-13 23:23:11

Checking in to request book suggestions for September's the list I have got so far...
- pick a food mag and cook from that (sainsburys and good food mags suggested)
- rose Elliott
- Lorraine Pascale
- Paul Hollywood how to bake
- Tonia Buxton my Greek kitchen
- felicity cloake 'cook the perfect'
- river cafe cookbook or river cafe easy
- tessa kiros
- prashad / veggiestan

Cocochops Wed 10-Jul-13 23:24:06

HB Goan fish curry. Made with cod used dried curry leaves as couldn't get fresh. Substituted Kashmiri chilli powder with normal and paprika. It was delicious definitely make it again.

Also made pomegranate and orange salad ok wouldn't do again especially as I now have pomegranate stained kitchen walls!

tigerlilygrr Wed 10-Jul-13 23:27:57

coco on every cookbook club thread so far someone has complained about lack of fresh curry leaves. I don't know why waitrose won't simply do as they're told and get them in stock (drums fingers impatiently in the manner of margot leadbetter).

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 07:30:43

tiger I got fresh curry leaves from Ocado, they are Natoora brand, would have assumed Waitrose did them too?
The bag is massive, I will have to put the remainder in the freezer, but assume I still use them as fresh, rather than dried

Which Tessa kiros is suggested? Twelve looks lovely but expensive, food from many Greek kitchens looks nice too, as does apples for jam.

I like the river cafe cookbook.

Prashad would fit in sept seasonally as you've got the last of the summer veg, the start of the winter veg, plenty of scope for veggie cooking.

As we're baking in August I don't think my waistline will support Paul Hollywood how to bake- that's two months of cakes and pastries!

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 12:49:10

pregnant I agree re more baking. Much I love smitten kitchen I probably wouldn't be on 5:2 if I hadn't eaten whole pans of lemon bars! So I think we should hold on that for now.

By the same token I think it might be best to save prashad as a few of us have it but we've had a lot of curries this month. Open to persuasion though as the spine is virtually uncracked on my copy which is a shame!

I've got river cafe easy so happy with that or another one, Italian food is nice when the weather starts to cool.

I don't think a specific tessa kiros book was suggested and I don't have any (but think they're all beautiful) so interested in any reccs on that one.

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 12:50:13

Huevos, I've just seen the curry leaves on ocado! I would love to think that's our influence! But possibly it's seasonal as they definitely didn't stock them earlier in the year.

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 13:06:04

I am about to get Prashad from the library, but think that with doing HB this month, another curry book in September may be a bit soon.

Think Paul hollywood would be a bit to similar to Dan Lepard (August)?

Would love Greek or Italian - would get them from the library first as probably not many veggie options (that I don't already make). I own some Italian books, but neither of the River cafe ones, and no Greek one, so open to suggestions smile

tiger, I assume you aready know about the Just Hungry and Just Bento websites for Japanese food?nsmile

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 13:18:14

Rick Stein has been singing the praises of curry leaves, maybe that gave Ocado a nudge too.

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 13:24:59

Keen on doing Tessa Kiros - I have Falling Cloudberries and really haved cooked enough from it - a friend is obsessed with it!

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:36:13

I have Falling Cloudberries as well snow I don't think I've cooked from it all. It's a mix of Swedish, Greek and Italian if I remember correctly.

Greek cookbook wise, I have Tonia Buxtons My Greek Kitchen , Vefas Kitchen (big Silver Spoon type book, have seen it in our library kneedeep) and a couple of Cypriot ones, that I use, that you can only get there.

I think I've got River Cafe Easy and a Carlucchio, Complete Italian Food and Anna del Contes Cooking with Coco - shamefully I don't think I've cooked from any of these. That's why I love this thread, it's making me focus and use the books I have and buy more I haven't

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:43:13

For curry leaves just pop into your local Asian Spice Shop,I thought most towns have them now. Bournemouth isn't big and doesn't have a significant Asian community but we have a few of these shops, they're fabulous. I love hunting through them, we're lucky to have a few Middle Eastern and Polish supermarkets as well, food shopping is ten times better than clothes shopping for me smile

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 14:43:17

huevos I rarely cook japanese food actually. I should try a bit harder! I do have ten bento boxes sitting in my cupboard though as I thought when I came home I would make bentos for DH and me to take to work... Such naïveté! Never been used once!

Is that a consensus on cloudberries? Is it ok to get recipes online? I am z sucker for a pretty book as you know so happy for the excuse but I don't want to push everyone into extra expense.

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:45:32
ScienceRocks Thu 11-Jul-13 14:49:15

Made HB Rajasthani kesar murg last night with brown rice. Glorious.

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 14:54:20

I have just ordered Cloudberries and Food from Many Greek Kitchens from my library! smile
They have nothing by Tonia Buxton, so I would selfishly ask that we don't do one of hers, unless there's some online wink
I have also ordered River Cafe "Easy" and "Italian Kitchen" from the library smile
If I fall in love with any of them I shall ask for them for Christmas, as I feel I have bought a few too many books recently!

Love LOVE LOVE cookbooks! grin

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 14:55:07

Pantah I've got that carluccio too. Have to say I only ever use it for

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 14:55:52

Oops! One recipe which is the spag Bol. But am a devoted to convert to Nigel's spag Bol now thanks to this thread.

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 14:56:42

huevos I love that feeling of happy anticipation of all that food!

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 14:58:12

Three votes for cloudberries then, will put that down. Book 2?

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 15:03:15

Tonia's recipes they're very good and authentic.

I think those of us without the books picked should be able to use the recipes available online and if they love the food they'll buy the books, and if they don't they've saved some money grin. I love Greek food but that's because it's my family heritage and the food that reminds us of our roots. Strangely my Nanna, married to my Greek Cypriot grandfather, is Welsh yet she doesn't appear to have any Welsh recipes in her repertoire, only Greek ones. confused

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 15:16:49

Thinking of book 2 does anyone else have any Ina Garten?

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 15:42:40

Have never heard of Ina Garten before, but my library has!........ smile

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 15:44:33

I think we should put Tonia down as book 2 if we can get recipes online. Pantah has suggested her consistently and also there have been requests for a Greek book. What does everyone else think?

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 15:45:13

We can PM each other recipes as well if that helps?

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 15:46:28

I do have ina garten - I think I have the barefoot contessa. It's good. A bit lifestyle-y rather than cook-y iyswim but I do like it and have picked up some good tips.

Yes please to a Greek book. I'm
in Greece the first week of September so hopefully I'll be able to recreate something in my kitchen. smile

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 16:08:42

Not many recipes available on Tonia's website though. What the availability in libraries like?

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 16:12:27
HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 16:13:44

And some more here

Apologies if these are duplicates, not actually got time to browse atm! smile

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 16:14:22

No a sign of Tonia Buxton in the library network either - think we're going to be limited to the select few who want to buy it and it's pricy on amazon.

SilverSixpence Thu 11-Jul-13 16:51:31

Please can we do Tessa Kiros I have Apples for Jam and Falling Cloudberries both are fab and would like to cook more from them

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 17:00:04

OK, I know this is no help in choosing September's books, but at some point could we do a tapas-y one? Have no idea if there is a recommended one, but would love to add a few (veggie) tapas dishes to my somewhat lacking repertoire of patatas bravas and tortilla! grin

madamecake Thu 11-Jul-13 17:16:29

Please can I join? Am starting to get back into cooking following dc2's arrival, and have been lurking on the previous threads!
Made the Vietnamese pork and lemongrass curry from HB last night, was very good but think I would use less chilli in the paste if I made it again, it overpowered all the other delicate flavours (or maybe my chilli was just very hot).

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 17:19:27

Madamecake welcome! I like the look of that Vietnamese one. Following science's rave review I have just ordered the ingredients for the Rajasthani curry and then also lamb dopiaza. Basically I want to stock the freezer for my return to work so thought the latter would be a good bet for that.

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 17:20:04

Silver tessa kiros cloudberries has been confirmed for sept, just choosing book 2 now

Has Claudia Roden done a Spanish book?

Sorry I know she has. My mum has it.blush

Ignore me!

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 18:07:28

Moro might be good for tapas. Would like River Cafe - I have yellow and have never really cooked from it, green too!

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 18:08:26

Claudia Roden is someone whose recipes I'd be keen to try.

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 18:48:20

Thanks snow, have now added two Moro books onto my library order list grin

Never heard of them before either!

Love this thread smile

ELR Thu 11-Jul-13 19:07:57

Hi everyone, been so busy and so far only cooked one dish from mj last week! Will look through my books tonight and meal plan for next week. I couldn't resist and ordered hb from the book people it arrived today and it looks good.
What about that Claudia Roden arabesque? I like the idea of a Sainsburys or good food mag too. I always buy Sainsburys magazine I love it! And only £1.60 too.
tiger I have been 5:2 ing since February I have lost 13lbs it's a slow process and sometimes really hard but it's the best diet I have been on as I really do eat well on 5 days that I don't fast. I am now 10st and everything in a size 12 fits and some stuff is even a little big. I had been 10st10 for the last 10 years really so really pleased.

ELR Thu 11-Jul-13 19:15:28

Having just read the thread!! Note to self read before you post! I have heard cloudberries is good and I love watching the barefoot contessa, a lot if the smitten kitchen online recipes were tweaked ina garten recipes.

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 19:17:22

Elr thanks for that. That's really inspirational. I would be really happy with slow and steady progress, I just want to put a stop to creeping weight gain and hopefully shift a bit of my mum tum at the same time!

Agree with everyone that Claudia Roden sounds good. Does she pass the library test?

ELR Thu 11-Jul-13 19:23:32

Claudia Roden Food of Spain may be a good book for some Tapas inspiration?

Pantah630 Thu 11-Jul-13 19:28:41

Food of Spain and Arabesque both available in Dorset Libraries, as are Ina Garten smile

maniacbug Thu 11-Jul-13 19:45:58

Blimey, you lot have been busy chatting!
Just came on to say: hurray for Falling Cloudberries. I have had it for about 5 years and only ever cooked ONE recipe from it, but it's a beautiful book and I would love to use it more. Arabesque is one of my favourites too; it contains DH's 'signature' dish, which he used to make so often I almost got tagine fatigue. Almost. But happy with anything for book 2 as am so delighted you've chosen Cloudberries!

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 20:01:34

Claudia Roden's Spain added to my library 'hold' list.
I now have 8 books on order, will need a very large rucksack to bring them all home! blush

HuevosRancheros Thu 11-Jul-13 20:04:41

ELR just had to say that's really good to hear about 5:2 smile
I have been pondering it for a while, think it might be practical in September when DS starts preschool so I won't be eating with him, and will hopefully have more time to meal plan, generally be more organised smile

mimolette Thu 11-Jul-13 20:07:00

I vote for Moro, and need a push to actually cook from it. Their food - judging from the restaurant - is gorgeous but the recipes require a bit of shopping and/or time so may be nice for a challenge.
Just made the HFW potato salad to go with BBQ. Not tried yet but looks good and should make a nice change from the traditional mayo version. Does anyone else find the detail in the instructions annoying though? I don't need a whole para on how to boil an egg, followed by another on how to boil potatoes! (Or am I missing something?)

I'll have to check my mum will lend me her Claudia Roden or I will be racing Pantah to the library copy. wink

This thread is so expensive! I love the look of moro, and arabesque, as well as a few hundred others nowgrin

I made t the hfw potato, egg and tomato salad for lunch, it was delicious and easy, but I nearly lost my head and followed his instructions to boil an egg- I caught myself in time and thought better of itwink

For a future month if anyone else has it, may I suggest under the walnut tree? It's scandanavian, I can't remember who by, but I have it and it's lovely.

snoworneahva Fri 12-Jul-13 06:56:48

Claudia passes the library test but she has written quite a few books on different areas. The one that draws my interest is her book on Jewish food, the veg and fish one could be good too as we haven't had a fish focus yet. Or is Rick Stein or someone else better for that?

Pantah630 Fri 12-Jul-13 09:42:21

HFW Fish keeps staring at me from the bookshelf. blush

maniacbug Fri 12-Jul-13 10:08:06

Ooh yes, a fish book would be great for Sept or subsequently. Something healthy(ish) to follow a month of baking...

ELR Fri 12-Jul-13 10:13:29

Can I just please beg that we do Nigella Christmas in December? I have wanted to buy that book for ages! In fact this thread just justifies my cookbook purchases instead of me just randomly buying more books I have a valid reason, it's fab!!

tigerlilygrr Fri 12-Jul-13 10:41:38

Elr nigella Christmas is one of her best books I think (in fact I am going to indulge myself here as I love her so much and tell you them in order pf my preference 1. Feast 2. Nigella Christmas And joint Nigella express 3.Nigella domestic goddess 4.. Nigella forever summer 5.. Nigella kitchen 6. Nigella how to eat 7. Nigellissima 8. Nigella bites.)

So I am well up for that. I don't even like traditional Xmas good much (turkey = big, difficult to cook chicken, mince pies ... Why?, Xmas cake = not as good as proper cake etc etc). And I love it.

Plus it's an excuse for me to rebuy it as I had to throw my copy away after it got drenched it with soy sauce.

maniacbug Fri 12-Jul-13 11:48:23

Nigella Christmas = not just for Christmas!
Her Christmas coleslaw is great with BBQs.

ELR Fri 12-Jul-13 11:58:18

Woop woop! Does that mean we get to do it for December?
I love nigella too I only have feast, express and forever summer. I would love to get domestic goddess at some point.

Pantah630 Fri 12-Jul-13 18:35:52

Yy to Nigellas Christmas at Christmas, alongside Delia's Christmas methinks grin

Oooh there's a nigella Christmas? And here I was looking revisiting feast for the season! I usually use hairybikers Christmas book- the goose and following goose risotto recipe is brilliant, as is their Christmas pudding vodkagrin

madamecake Sat 13-Jul-13 18:07:25

I love Nigella Christmas, though I've yet to cook Christmas dinner from it. So yes please from me, as we are finally having Christmas in our home as opposed to visiting my parents or parents in law.
I always feel festive just flicking through it.

ScienceRocks Sat 13-Jul-13 19:35:36

Seekh kebabs from HB on the barbecue tonight. Really good in that they held together and tasted great. I served them with a cucumber raita. Definitely a keeper recipe.

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 00:06:15

Madamecake you won't regret it! The chestnut stuffing alone is worth the cover price! I have to say that I prefer Delia's method for turkey as nigella brines hers which is a total pain if you don't have a pantry or larder or similar (I had to leave it outside for a day and hope foxes didn't get at it).

Right back on July thread. We still haven't settled on book 2 for sept. I will go through the last page of this thread and compile a list of recent suggestions. Back in a bit.

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 00:25:14

For sept book 2 to go alongside tessa kiros cloudberries
- not baking
- not curry

-Fish book (HfW? Rick Stein?)
-Claudia Roden arabesque or veg or fish or Jewish food or food of Spain
- Moro
-Tonia Buxton
- river cafe books

I think it is pretty hard to choose between this selection of books which are all pretty amazing. Plus i don't like the pressure of choosing in case you all hate the book! So can you all just nominate one book now from this list. Hopefully more than one poster will pick the same book and we can go with that. We can always save the others for a future month.

Ps pregnant I note your walnut tree suggestion for future months and would love that as love Scandinavian food but have been a bit disappointed with the scandinavian books I've bought so far... Still looking for the one)

Pantah630 Sun 14-Jul-13 00:47:12

HFW Fish book gets my vote sorry Tonia we'll get to you another month

snoworneahva Sun 14-Jul-13 06:56:37

I'm going to vote for a Fish book - not passionate about which, I think I have both and need a nudge to cook from them. Fish intimidates me slightly. blush

ELR Sun 14-Jul-13 07:00:00

River cafe, only because I have the green and blue ones and it will save me money!! But I really want to do one of the claudia books, so we def need those for future!

ELR Sun 14-Jul-13 07:04:04

Just seen on amazon rick stein 100 fish recipes £4.99 so that's quite cheap if anyone chooses him!! Sorry this isn't helping is it!

I really want to do Claudia Roden but I know that's not helpful so I'll go with Rick Stein as ELR says it's cheap!

River cafe gets my vote, (I have blue) my dh hates fishsad it's just not as rewarding cooking for just me and DC.

madamecake Sun 14-Jul-13 11:16:57

River cafe, as my dh hates fish too, and dd isn't that keen either. I only get to eat fish if we eat out!

ELR Sun 14-Jul-13 15:08:35

Ok so going to be totally daft now but has anyone considered Jamie Does? It has a mix of Italian, Greek, French, morrocan Spanish and Scandinavian recipes and the tapas section is quite good.

Pantah630 Sun 14-Jul-13 16:41:10

I have that ELR and agree its the Jamie book I really like out of my collection. Probably because he is cooking the food I like to eat smile

Pantah630 Sun 14-Jul-13 17:18:48

We had HFW Mushroom Risoniotto for lunch. It was nice but needed more, will cook the orzo in stock next time and add grated Parmesan or keflatori to up the flavour content.

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 21:51:40

Ok here's the summary:
Pantah hfw fish
Snow fish
Elr river cafe
Elr rick stein
Pete rick stein
Pregnant river cafe blue
Madame river cafe
Elr Jamie does

Elr did you read the bit where I said pick one book from this list? grin

So... let's do the river cafe books. Having had a quick google, I think it's best to say any river cafe book rather than one specifically, because it's harder to get the recipes online than Nigella's or Jamie's etc. I'll keep a note of te suggestions for next month but it feels like Claudia Roden would be good.

snoworneahva Sun 14-Jul-13 22:05:49

Happy with that - I have 2 river cafe books.

ELR Mon 15-Jul-13 09:15:43

Ha ha sorry now you see why I have so many cook books!
River cafe good as I have blue, green and two easy and have to admit bar a few faves I haven't really cooked much from them!!
Tonight I'm trying the mushroom risotto thing!

Pantah630 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:27:23

Which one elr? The real risotto is lovely, not so much love for the Risoniotto though.

Think i have River Cafe Easy somewhere, will have a gander later.

I turned my left over filling from the spinach and thyme pasties into little triangular spanikopitas. They're delicious and better than as pasties in my humble opinion. grin

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 09:35:58

I've got river cafe easy as well. Will be good to revisit!

snoworneahva Mon 15-Jul-13 10:23:45

Is it river cafe easy or anything from river cafe?

Also have River Cafe Easy smile. Haven't cooked from it for years so it will be good to revisit!

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 11:00:50

snow anything from river cafe as I think the recipes are harder to find online so want to make sure we can all get copies from libraries etc

Sorry Tigerlilly, I seem to have written the same post as you!! grin

snoworneahva Mon 15-Jul-13 12:07:52

Oh good because I've just noticed they have a great drinks section in yellow - strawberry prosecco....raspberry prosecco, peach bellini - they are just calling out to be tested!

Damn it. I've now bought, not just river cafe blue, but green and yellow as well. Amazon is to blame- 0.01p plus p and p for books is too tempting. I've got three books for under a tenner thoughgrin

Drat Pregnant. Why did you tell me that? Just bought yellow and blue for 6 quid grin

Does anyone know what I can use instead of semolina in HB Palak Paneer?

Cornmeal or ordinary flour apparently! I Googled grin

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 19:24:37

You lot are incorrigible. I specified more than one RC book on the grounds that it would save you money as many of us will have at least one!

HuevosRancheros Mon 15-Jul-13 21:21:59

Sorry, being very dim here, but I can't see River Cafe 'Blue' or 'Yellow' on Amazon confused
I see 'Green', which is veg based, so tempting to me.... I can see a blue book, which is just called The River Cafe Cook Book, and there is an orangey yellow one, which is volume 2...... is this what you are talking about?
Thanks smile

snoworneahva Mon 15-Jul-13 21:25:14

That's it, blue is the first one, then yellow and green.

ScienceRocks Mon 15-Jul-13 22:38:49

Can someone in the know please tell me which river cafe book they like so I can get one? Thank you!

HB pad Thai here tonight. Oddly light in flavour. Unconvinced.

Huevos- it's just the colour of the book, so yes river cafe the original is 'blue' and so on.

Science- when mine arrive I will report back.

ATM while I am still enjoying reading my cookbooks I'm far too hot to cook, or to plan in earnest. I barely feel up to eating in this heat. Tomorrow I'm making hfw macaroni peas- hoping the dcs will enjoy it, I will call it monster food and hope the green intrigues rather than repels themgrin

I know madhur jaffrey should suit the heat given the climate of India, but to me, curry is cold weather food.--and it involves my oven or hob being on for lengthy periods, which I also cannot face-- can any of you recommend one that is delicious not too taxing for the weather?

ScienceRocks Tue 16-Jul-13 07:46:13

The Seekh kebabs would be good from HB as most of the work is the prep (and even then, not much) with the cooking just a few minutes on the barbecue, in a a frying pan or under the grill. Delicious wrapped in pitta or wraps, with some salad and raita, and any excess can be frozen.

The dosas would also be suitable for hot weather. Or a fish curry, as these tend not t require long cooking.

HuevosRancheros Tue 16-Jul-13 07:52:15

Thanks smile
Got confused because the green one is actually called 'Green'

Have ordered 'Green' second hand from Amazon blush. You lot are a bad influence wink
Will have a look at the others from the library.... I already have an Anna del Conte (my first ever cookbook when I was 13!) and a Marcella Hazan - quite meat/fish based, which I can imagine the River Cafe ones to be

Pregnant know what you mean about too hot to cook! Especially curry!
I think it was the Goan Fish curry I did from HB that was quite light

Science have a look on Amazon, you can 'Look Inside' the RC books and see a list of recipes, might help you choose?

HuevosRancheros Tue 16-Jul-13 07:58:32

Oh, and I have the doorstep that is Silver Spoon, got it for Christmas after it was raved about on MN a couple of years ago..... hardly used it.

Cocochops Tue 16-Jul-13 09:02:52

I have river cafe easy which I have hardly used so will be good to revisit. I will look forward to Nigella Christmas as this will be the first Christmas at home so can't wait to cook lots of Christmassy things.

I know we didn't pick a fish book this time but I would be keen to do one in future months as I love fish but I am not that great at cooking it.

So last week I made a few things from HFW

Mushroom risoniotto - I liked this I think the quantity of mushrooms gave it a good flavour but I think I might have preferred with rice instead of orzo. I found orzo quite slimy in texture maybe I overlooked it?

Spelt salad with squash and fennel - nice ans easy to eat and cook in the hot weather

Pasta with raw tomatoes - I think the tomatoes i used needed to be more flavoursome but a nice idea and easy to eat in this weather. Will try again if I end up with a glut over over ripe tomatoes.

Have just looked again at my copy of River Cafe Easy. Not inspired TBH and this is probably why I've hardly used it. It really is very basic indeed. Hopefully the other two I've ordered will be more interesting confused

I made the Palak Paneer from HB. We liked it but the children found it too spicy.

Need to get cooking from River Cottage ASAP!

mimolette Wed 17-Jul-13 06:56:26

I need your help! Last night, intrigued by the name, I made the Cambodian wedding dip from HFW and it did not go down well - the family christened it "brown gunk". Trouble is, I hate waste. So what can I do with a large-ish tub of mushroomy, slightly coconuty paste? It's moderately spicey but otherwise rather bland, though don't think adding more soy sauce (as per recipe) will fix it...

snoworneahva Wed 17-Jul-13 07:35:52

Sounds like a good thing to chuck into a curry.

ScienceRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 07:36:16

I haven't made it mimolette, nor looked at the recipe, but could you use it in a stir fry? Or as a curry paste? Or in a soup? You could make it more interesting by adding ginger, garlic and chilli, perhaps.

Pantah630 Wed 17-Jul-13 12:24:58

Think I'd add it to a stir fry with ginger, garlic and chilli as science suggested, maybe a bit of fish sauce to add depth. Thanks for the tip though, wont be trying that.
Will be making another carrot and broad bean risotto, our veg box had lots in, tonight. That one is definitely a hit here. smile

HuevosRancheros Wed 17-Jul-13 17:52:54

Looking at the recipe, I would blend it until really smooth and use it as the base of a thai soup, adding more spices as needed, and fish, meat, veg, noodles, whatever you like in your soup!

Well, I've cooked naught, but have received all the river cafe books. My favourite is easily green. Then blue. and finally yellow. I also bought Rick Steins coast to coast, which, IMO is lovely. I'm excited to cook from it, and in this heat, that's high praise.

glorious Sat 20-Jul-13 19:52:59

Mmm, the Burmese chicken curry from MJ Ultimate is divine! Great depth of flavour, good tang and rich, complex spicing. Mmmmmm!

I made the summer veg frittata with goats cheese for a picnic this afternoon. it was very nice and certainly an improvement on jam sandwiches! I will make it again.

we then had the macaroni peas for tea. The dc loved this! And it took fifteen minutes start to finish! I enjoyed it, though it's a child's meal iykwim. I wouldn't make it for dh and me alone.

showtunesgirl Sat 20-Jul-13 20:14:22

Oh yes glorious, the Burmese is one of my favourites!

Try the Kenyan chicken, it's great.

glorious Sun 21-Jul-13 05:42:11

Thanks showtunes I will smile

Feathered Sun 21-Jul-13 08:07:08

Hello! I've been so rubbish this month but I'm going to try for the last week or two.
I'd like to make a dahl (is that a sp? I'm thinking of roald dahl now and I'm sure it must be wrong) Is there a consensus as to which is the best from this one?
Also any top recommendations for what to go with it? Not toooo hot. I've got the Madhur Jaffrey Curry Easy book, but I'm sure I can google x

ELR Mon 22-Jul-13 18:11:52

Is it just me or is everyone melting in the heat and not cooking anything from the books?

Elr- I would usually have made twice as many recipes by now. The heat has dampened my cooking mojo. Add to the heat the first day of summer holidays today, I haven't even got the books from the shelf for the meal plan.

snoworneahva Mon 22-Jul-13 21:36:52

Made the Beef Rendang from HB. Suggested cooking time 3 1/2hrs - actual cooking time closer to 6hrs - was very good though, made a massive amount....enough for 14-16 people!!

Might try some Southern Indian cooking next, it's feel so much more appropriate for this weather, but mostly feeling like just eating salads, jerk chicken and ribs....finished with a big bowl of ice cream.

madamecake Mon 22-Jul-13 21:56:53

Not being doing much cooking here either. If it cools down a bit tomorrow I'm going to make saffron chicken from the HB. It has a lot of cardamom in which I'm not usually keen on, so I hope it's nice!

tigerlilygrr Mon 22-Jul-13 21:59:02

I'm toooooo hooootttttt ...

to cook. Sorry everyone. I'm afraid all my energy is devoted to sourcing different flavours of Magnum at the moment. I do actually love this weather, I am a real sun worshipper. But I can't turn on the oven or the hob!

Sorry I've been rubbish too although I've fine to HB curries.

I'm attempting to cook the RC carrot and broad bean risotto this week but the thought of standing there and stirring is not motivating. grin

I don't know what I was trying to say about curries sorry! blush

Pantah630 Tue 23-Jul-13 11:23:04

It's quite a bit cooler down here today so I might make the Marsala Potatoes for tea smile

maniacbug Tue 23-Jul-13 11:28:00

Agree it's been too hot to cook much, plus I have that end-of-term feeling and a huge glut of redcurrants that I am turning into jelly, relish, cordial and curd... so with all factors combined we're having very low-effort teas these days. I did, however, make the HB Goan fish curry last Friday and it was utterly delicious! I was unsure about the vinegar, but it really added an addictive tang to it. DH was late home and I was worried there wouldn't actually be any left for him, as I ate half of the sauce while it was still cooking. Would wholeheartedly recommend + it went very well with their Aloo Gobi.
(Even though I'm not cooking much from this month's books I am still making notes of all the recommendations and tips and plan to work my way through them gradually.)

ScienceRocks Tue 23-Jul-13 14:25:05

I'm also suffering from redcurrantitis, courtesy of my MIL and am turning the huge amount of soft fruit she keeps bringing round into cordials (redcurrant and rose is a firm hit with the DDs, I prefer the blackcurrant, lime and mint, whereas DH is a fan of the gooseberry and elderflower).

Have some HB curries earmarked for this week though.

Also very excited that Dan Lepard arrived at the weekend. What a beautiful book! I have already made the vanilla cupcakes (needed to make cakes for DD2's last day at nursery <sniff>), even though it isn't August yet.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 23-Jul-13 14:28:48

I made the katsu curry from the hairy bikers book and was disappointed.

It had an overwhelming taste of curry powder and I actually put a bit less in than the recipe suggested. I've never made a curry which had curry powder in the ingredients before so maybe I'm not used to the taste but it wasn't very nice.

maniacbug Tue 23-Jul-13 14:50:44

Ooh Science, what a lovely idea; we have some big, blowsy roses in the garden at the moment so am defo going to try that combination. I have only made raspberry + redcurrant cordial so far + haven't even started on the blackcurrants yet! (I have a v. good red onion + redcurrant relish recipe if you still have a surplus + can highly recommend raspberry and redcurrant jelly smile)

maniacbug Tue 23-Jul-13 14:56:37

Science how many rose petals do you put in? I don't want to overdo it!

HuevosRancheros Tue 23-Jul-13 16:02:33

Science, do try the chocolate custard muffins, you will not be disappointed smile
Viva I have a feeling katsu curry is supposed to taste a bit artificial, bit curry powder-y.... from previous experience, anyway. Sure tiger will be along soon to put me right wink

ScienceRocks Tue 23-Jul-13 18:26:37

Maniac, I use rosewater blush. I reckon you'd need a lot of rose petals to have the same effect.

But in a similar vein, has anyone on here cooked with lavender? I'm now thinking that blackcurrant and lavender could be a good combination, especially as I have a garden full of the stuff!

madamecake Tue 23-Jul-13 20:12:06

Science, I've not cooked with lavender, but have eaten both rice pudding and chocolate truffles with lavender in. The chocolate definitely worked better than the rice pudding, maybe because the richer taste of the chocolate stopped the lavender from overpowering. I really like the sound of it with blackcurrant.

I made the HB saffron chicken curry and thought it was delicious, dh didn't agree and couldn't finish his. He said it tasted of burnt plastic, would that be the saffron?

tigerlilygrr Tue 23-Jul-13 22:21:10

viva yeah katsu curry does taste like curry powder. I like it but it's a bit like HP sauce or baked beans ... Really distinctive slightly weird taste that doesn't crop up anywhere else. Despite having eaten it at least a hundred times (in Japan and in the UK) I actually had no idea what was in it and was quite surprised by the recipe!

Also I don't smother the plate with it as I would a normal curry (although some people do), I have a good dollop on the side to dip my chicken in, iyswim.

I'm sorry you didn't like it! What a shame!

glorious Tue 23-Jul-13 22:52:36

Two more recipes to report.

Last night we had the onion tart from HFW. Very, very easy with bought puff pastry as instructed (though I'd normally make it but it was too hot anyway). Rather good for such a simple recipe. What's not to like about caramelised onions and pastry!

Tonight it was the Vietnamese pork with lemongrass from MJ ultimate. Pleasant but not earth shattering. The lemongrass comes through nicely.

show there seem to be two Kenyan chicken dishes, do you remember which it is?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 23-Jul-13 22:54:21

Oh ok, well ill try another of their recipes then.....that one had put me off but ill give it another go.

Pantah630 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:07:12

We tried the courgette spouffle last night, I added Dijon to the bechamel as I was worried about it being too bland. It was nice but nothing special, DS1 refused to eat more than a mouthful but then he's a fussy bugger when in the wrong mood. Everyone else ate it all up, DH eating DS's up but no one called for it again. Will try the masala potatoes tonight with some gammon and salad. Will have to try the fish curry as well by the sounds of it.
Weather down here has definitely cooled off a bit, can now face cooking again. I spent the evening making koupepia and spanikopitas as well yesterday and have a great lunch box today smile

ZuleikaJambiere Thu 25-Jul-13 18:23:26

Hi everyone, I've been on a bit of a Hugh cooking binge this week (suddenly realised the end of the month is nigh) so thought I should report back.

Having loved the beetroot hummus I made it again, still just as good and I want to try lots of the other dips in that chapter now.

Last night I made the spicy carrots and chickpeas, but had it as a side dish rather than in pittas. I had it without the sour cream and found it a bit dry, but then had the leftovers today for lunch in a wrap (also from HFW) with the sour cream and it was much nicer.

Along side the carrots and cold roast lamb, don't tell Hugh I also had radishes with butter, which is more of a serving suggestion than recipe! I loved it for nostalgic reasons, it brought back memories of my student years, spending the summer working in France when this was often served.

On Sunday I had a cook-a-thon from the last few months. I started with the broad beans from the garden and made bean and dill hummus that I'd bookmarked from from Kitchen Diaries. NS suggests serving with lamb, so I slow roasted a leg in a 'pulled pork' way, and then made Hugh's wraps from his magic dough. It was a really lovely meal. And finished off with Jamie's quick brownies, which weren't great - not fudgy enough IMO and more cakey, but fine served with cream.

Having not cooked a thing from HFW since I got it last year, I'm really enjoying it. So what should I cook in this last week? What is everyone's fave? (It's seems like there's been more curry cooking going on this month)

I'd like to do Hugh's fish book in future. I have both that and meat, and his meat one is my bible whenever I get a new cut to cook. I've love to get a kick up the bum to get going on fish and make it as indispensable.

I have finally taken Jamie Oliver back to the library today, so I'm about to add a late entry to the June thread, for reference

ZuleikaJambiere Thu 25-Jul-13 23:15:30

Just tried to reserve August's books, but my library doesn't have short and sweet, just 2 other books by Dan Lepard - handmade loaf and baking with a passion. Does anyone know if there's any cross over between these books? Or a good stock of his recipes online? I'm v pleased to see there's 2 copies of Every Grain of Rice, and I don't think there's a waiting list, as it was the Chinese cookery I'm most looking forward to.

glorious Fri 26-Jul-13 07:12:48

There's loads of Dan Lepard online zuleika, he has a column in the Guardian.

We had the spouffle last night. I enjoyed it a lot but I was absolutely ravenous as DD is having a massive growth spurt and it seems to have affected me too! It was quite a lot of faff for something which comes out so homely though I thought. We had the courgette version. I thought actually that it might be a nice thing to give DD in a month or so (we're just about to start weaning) - lots of big chunks and some squishy stuff.

Feathered Fri 26-Jul-13 09:13:53

Today I'm making the Baked chicken curry from Madhur Jaffrey's Easy Curry book (in the fridge marinating smug)
I'm planning on making the green lentils with green beans and fresh coriander too.
One of the ingredients is ASAFOETIDA - has anyone used this? It sounds fairly disgusting from the description and I may just miss it out unless there are any experts out there who have tried it?

Last night I made the lamb rajsomething red curry. It was bland and, IMO a waste of good lamb. I found it incredibly waterysad I won't try it again.
I also made the broccoli with mustard and cumin seeds, which was delightful, and alongside a better curry would have been a real treat. I don't have asafoetida so left it out, but I don't think it was lacking for it btwsmile
They're both from curry easy.

showtunesgirl Fri 26-Jul-13 13:32:35

Feathered asafoetida in it's raw state smells really rather nasty and you only need to use it very sparingly as it's quite strong and also loses it's pungency quite quickly when stored.

However, it adds an amazing "something" to Indian dishes. If you can get a hold of it, then I would use it but don't be put off by how pongey it is.

I think I might make the Vietnamese Cari Ga tonight from Curry Bible. One of my favourites!

Feathered Fri 26-Jul-13 13:43:03

Thank you. I will try to get to the shops later today and buy some . . . definitely worth a go!

AlohaMama Fri 26-Jul-13 16:29:38

Asafoetida absolutely stinks when raw! I keep mine in the plastic container it came in, then that goes in a tin and finally a zip lock and you can still smell it when yo open the cupboard! Recommend making sure you store it somewhere airtight before contaminating the contents of your cupboard. I do use I though and think something would be missing without.

Natal kidney bean curry also uses it, and is a great, easy, store-cupboard curry so I'd recommend that too.

HuevosRancheros Fri 26-Jul-13 17:19:34

You've convinced me too! smile
Ocado don't stock it shock, so I haven't had it up til now, what is a girl to do? I shall have to hotfoot it to one of out local Indian stores.... goodness knows what else I shall come home with, always get tempted! grin

showtunesgirl Fri 26-Jul-13 18:39:18

Get some amchur - mango powder. It gives things a very interesting taste!

HuevosRancheros Fri 26-Jul-13 19:04:22

So, I'm guessing mango powder is a bit sweet/sour/tangy?

What does it do to a dish? smile

Made the broad bean and carrot risotto tonight.

I didn't use baby ones and added a bit of shredded chicken and it went down very well.

Would definitely make it again.

ScienceRocks Fri 26-Jul-13 19:43:23

I love amchoor. Reminds me of my mum's cooking.

I know it's a bit last month, but I went to wahaca yesterday. Always a pleasure.

ScienceRocks Fri 26-Jul-13 19:43:59

Oh, and the blackcurrant and lavender cordial was hugely successful smile

tigerlilygrr Fri 26-Jul-13 22:26:21

Science I am a bit jealous re wahaca. I love it so much there it is slightly embarrassing. I think it's / they're one of the best restos in London at any price.

Have you been to Rasa on Charlotte St by any chance? I think it's similar in the way that it takes a little known 'ethnic' food and does it really really well. It's also pretty reasonably priced.

ScienceRocks Fri 26-Jul-13 23:15:34

Tiger, I adore wahaca too. Having breakfast there is my new favourite thing to do. This was the third time I have been for breakfast - the first time I had a breakfast burrito, last time I had sweetcorn fritters, and this time I had the torta. Yesterday there were five of us, we were there for two hours and it cost us £10 a head. Such a bargain.

I haven't been to Rasa (I am one track minded on Charlotte street). Is it South Indian?

Anyway, I digress. Tonight I made HB spiced fish curry. It was much more subtle than it sounds: sea bass coated with seasoned flour, with a rich tomato sauce. I served it with chapattis and raita. The spicing was delicate and complex, and it was a perfect dish for the warm weather. Easy too.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 26-Jul-13 23:21:58

I went past Wahaca today and tried to convince dd to go there for dinner but she insisted on pizza express <sigh>

On the bright side as I neared the end of my vegi pizza I found a rogue pepperoni slice on it so I got it for free after complaining!

tigerlilygrr Fri 26-Jul-13 23:30:24

Science yes it is (had to google!) It's not like any other Indian restaurant I've tried. There's one in Islington as well apparently. I must try wahaca breakfast...

tigerlilygrr Fri 26-Jul-13 23:31:21

Well done viva! My dd is too young to express a preference ( long may it last)

AlohaMama Sat 27-Jul-13 01:54:39

Just made the courgette and green pepper sabzi (minus the green pepper) and the mung dal and chicken for dinner tonight, but have had a quick taste. The courgettes are delicious, so will definitely do those again for an easy side dish. The chicken tastes nice too, though I think I tend to prefer creamy curries. Will get verdict from dh and 2yo ds later.

Feathered Sat 27-Jul-13 09:27:37

Madhur Jaffrey baked Chicken curry wasn't a rip roaring success. I'd give it a luke warm okay.
I didn't have the energy for the green beans and coriander dish - so maybe it is a subtle dish that needs some lovely accompaniments. Looks like people are having more success with H.B.

maniacbug Sat 27-Jul-13 09:44:51

We had the Anglo-Indian sausage curry from MJ Easy the other day. Made it into about 15 little meatballs rather than 8 patties and the DCs devoured them. I left the green chillies out of the sauce so found it a bit bland, but the meatballs were highly flavoured (think I would use only half the salt next time) so it worked OK. I probably wouldn't serve if I had friends over, but it was a quick, easy and (without the green chillies) DC-friendly midweek meal.

Flicking through MJ I noticed with interest that where a recipe calls for fresh curry leaves she suggests basil as an alternative (think it was 20 curry leaves = 8 basil leaves). I know others have had trouble sourcing fresh curry leaves too so just thought I'd mention it!

showtunesgirl Sat 27-Jul-13 13:56:23

Ah yes, with ALL MJ recipes I put in a fraction of the salt she recommends. If she says 1 1/2 teaspoons, I put in a 1/4 teaspoon instead and I find it tastes fine.

tigerlilygrr Sat 27-Jul-13 14:33:09

I never add salt to any recipe. If it says seasoning I just add black pepper. I never miss it. I think my mum thinks my food is a bit bland but no one else seems to notice (they can always add some at the table).

Actually there is one exception I normally add half a tsp to tomato sauce for pasta. Which I consider a treat. That's it!

snoworneahva Sun 28-Jul-13 00:22:48

I usually don't add the salt till the end and then it's to taste rather than to recipe - but I love salt and I'm not shy about using it.

glorious Sun 28-Jul-13 23:16:22

MJ lamb bhuna tonight which was tasty. Quite curry house but in a good way. Nice thick sauce.

Wearytiger Mon 29-Jul-13 18:00:58

Just to let you know I've set up the new thread for August! Sneaky name change here but probably still recognisable...

HuevosRancheros Mon 29-Jul-13 18:06:37

Zuleika on a complete thread hijack..... I was just searching MN for ideas for our trip to North Norfolk next week, and found a thread where you were asking for ideas too! Just wondered what you would recommend?
(I already have seal trip from Blakeney, beach and chips at Brancaster, Holt-Sheringham steam train and BeWilderwood on my list grin )

ScienceRocks Tue 30-Jul-13 00:52:21

Huevos, I grew up there! Hunstanton is a proper old school seaside town so worth a trip, burnham market and the deepdales are quite chi chi, sandringham is lovely (don't have to go in the house, the grounds are great), holkham and Holme beaches are also gorgeous and a lot less crowded than wells or brancaster. Castle rising is a lovely ruined castle and good for picnics ANC a scramble.

AlohaMama Tue 30-Jul-13 01:05:44

Sorry just have to put my tuppence worth in. Burnham Market does have great foodie places, great bakery, fish shop etc. I still remember the Portuguese custard tarts in the bakery from about 6 years ago. Also Hustanton has a lovely gallery, kind of crammed in but normally a potter working you can watch.

HuevosRancheros Tue 30-Jul-13 10:33:49

Brilliant, thank you both flowers
Castle Rising and Hunstanton added to the list! smile

ScienceRocks Tue 30-Jul-13 16:00:05

Huevos, try and park outside the council office in Hunstanton. Much cheaper than everywhere else and only a couple of injures walk from the seafront, high st etc.

Have a lovely time smile

I hope those injuries will be worth the saving on parking costs!

ScienceRocks Tue 30-Jul-13 19:06:17

Sorry pregnant, I forgot to proof read (and to think I write for a living blush). Minutes not injures, obviously.

ZuleikaJambiere Tue 30-Jul-13 23:16:00

Hi Huervos, we stayed in Burnham Market and I can vouch for all the food shops - never have I self catered so deliciously. The fish shop is actually the best place in the whole wide world.

Bewilderwood is amazing, I'm pleased that's on your list already. We had fish and chip night on the beach at Hunstanton and it is gorgeous there in the evening. We didn't go to Brancaster beach, so I can't comment on that. Holkham beach is the biggest beach I think I've ever seen, my tip (if you like to be in the sea) is to go at high tide as otherwise it is such a trek to actually get a paddle - my poor DD was exhausted before she even got swimming!

Wiveton Hall fruit farm, near Blakeney, is lovely. Strawberry picking is great, and the cafe is stunning, you'll probably need to book though.

Have a great trip envy

Right, back onto this months books - yesterday we had cauliflower salad with toasted seeds (from HFW) which was very nice and one I'll do again (and was the first time I've used the sumac I bought when cooking from Jerusalam). Tonight we had a mish-mash of the peanutty noodle salad crossed with a similar recipe in July's Good Food (I can't find it online, to link to) - the GF recipe had a dressing made with peanut butter, which which my DCs adore, so I knew that would keep them happy. I did stir fried veg and the herby cucumber as a side salad, as I wasn't sure what the DCs would think of that, all in all it was tasty and a hit with us all, but I'm not sure whether the credit should go to Hugh or Good Food! And to make it a hat trick of recipes to end the month, to tomorrow night it's just me eating so I'm going to have the celery and blue cheese in toast, as I have some lovely Stilton in the fridge, looking forward to it

snowlie Wed 31-Jul-13 08:36:56

North Norfolk is great, lots of really good pubs serving fantastic food. We've been to Bewilderwood a couple of times now - dcs were a bit bored the second time when they realised it's mostly slides, unless they've added some new activities in - they get much more out of the Dinosaur Park and it's cheaper.

mimolette Wed 31-Jul-13 08:45:16

I only managed one HB curry in the end as the hot weather made me a very lazy cook. (Come back summer, please, I wasn't really complaining!
Did a bit better with HFW, including the mushroom ragout last night. Served it with pasta instead of polenta and may have snuck in some chorizo and it was a lovely, low effort mid-week dinner. Generally I thought that was what the book was best for - picking up twists for meals I do already rather than learning anything exciting (Cambodian wedding dip disaster not withstanding). Also, I found his cooking instructions quite faffy. I am very much a one pan girl, and I once read him saying that to make a propper ratatouille you need to fry all the veg individually and only combine at the end. Who has the time?! But also, does it really make that much difference? Genuinely curious - may be I am missing something with all my shortcuts.

snowlie Wed 31-Jul-13 09:26:01

I think when you cook all the veg separately, they maintain their individual shape and flavour better and the texture of the ratatouille is less like a sloppy soup....but I'd go for the all in one method too - I don't find ratatouille to be a thrilling dish anyway....even when done properly it's a bit ordinary.

HuevosRancheros Wed 31-Jul-13 18:13:09

Thanks everyone for the off-topic travel advice grin

Will bear in mind the Hunstanton parking, and the tide time for Holkham.

I think the DCs (5 and nearly 3) will still find Bewilderwood good, they are happy with slides and walks in forests smile. And it seems to have boat rides too, which they will love.
Dinosaur place on our list too smile

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