Cookery Book Club September - Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros and any River Cafe book

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Pantah630 Fri 30-Aug-13 11:29:10

Think Tiger must be away so thought I'd better get this up, ready and waiting as August is disappearing fast.

I vow to be more productive in September, I have Falling Cloudberries and a River Cafe book Easy, though not enamoured of it so will check out the library for Red or Blue book. Any recommendations from either book please.

The souvlaki recipe from FC is very good.

glorious Fri 30-Aug-13 11:57:32

Yay thanks pantah. I've got cloudberries and RC green waiting to go. May try to get hold of another RC but I only have until the 21st when we're off to Japan on holiday grin

HuevosRancheros Fri 30-Aug-13 12:00:04

I am signing in, though probably won't be joining in this month.
I did get Falling Cloudberries, and Food from Many Greek Kitchens, from the library, but found very little that appealed to me as a vegetarian.
Have River Cafe Green, that I got cheap second hand, but nothing really appeals. Got RC Italian from the library, but again, not grabbed.

so I shall continue my love affair with EGoR, and maybe make some more stuff from S&S.

What I really dislike about the books this month, however, is the style - font, layout etc. This bookclub has shown me that I love the books that look like EGoR, S&S, Ottolenghi etc. But Tessa's italic writing I can hardly read, and the multicoloured massive text of RC drives me mad!

Cocochops Fri 30-Aug-13 12:37:26

Glorious how exciting going to Japan I am very jealous. It's somewhere we have talked about going but not sure how feasible with two little ones.

Right back to food I think I too will be sitting this month out for a few reasons. Off

Cocochops Fri 30-Aug-13 12:40:25

Oops posted to soon

Off on hols for last week of September. Don't have thecloudberries book and I am really enjoying Egor and have so many black beans I need to do some more recipes. Also fancy trying a few more from hairy bikers. One month just isn't enough when the books are good!

So I will watch with interest and be back to it next m

Cocochops Fri 30-Aug-13 12:41:14

Stupid phone

Next month! Have we picked those yet I am losing track?!

ELR Fri 30-Aug-13 14:25:06

huevos I'm with you on the style of fonts ect in the books it def influences me when flicking through and choosing what to cook, and yes the multi coloured text in river cafe is maddening!
Like others have said I've hardly cooked much in August so will keep those on the go too whilst trying septembers books.

My cloudberries hasn't arrived, though yodel claim to have left it at an invisible neighbours house. Whilst the dispute continues I don't think I'll get it before the end of sept let alone the start. I have all the river cafe books, but haven't really gone through all of them yet. But I have the blue one out and will definitely be trying the risotto Milanese, penne with slow cooked sausage sauce and the roast shin of veal (which I plan to do with the balsamic and thyme roast potatoes, for a Sunday lunch) It's rainy and cooling rapidly here so i'm quite happy to go into heartier fare. Disappointed by not having cloudberries though.

glorious Fri 30-Aug-13 19:32:40

How old are your two coco? I'll see what I think and tell you about it if you like (though my DD is only 7 months so what do I know! I seem to remember tiger lived there so she may have some thoughts).

Those sound tasty pause, perhaps I will look out another RC.

LovingKent Sat 31-Aug-13 08:15:15

Marking place. Not sure how much we'll do this month. Library has shut until end of Oct <sob> so will be looking online. Library didn't have cloudberries and none of the River Cafe books were there when I went over the weekend. Don't really want to buy any as I'm a try before you buy kind of person grin. Expect we'll continue with Egor as still so much we want to cook.
Enjoy your holiday glorious. Would love to visit Japan as it brother lives there and it sounds amazing- maybe when DS is older and I can face the long flight with him!!!

LovingKent Sat 31-Aug-13 08:15:49

It??? My brother - stupid phone grin

HuevosRancheros Sat 31-Aug-13 08:20:10

Another one tempted by Japan, but still think the kids are too young (5 and 3) to be entertained by it all. Though they do love Totoro, but would probably expect to see him as soon as they arrived!
Where are you going, glorious?
We went pre-DC and loved it, DH worked there for 3 months too.

Parsnipcake Sat 31-Aug-13 08:30:13

I havent done much from August as we have been away in Italy, so I was quite excited about River Cafe as I am Italian crazy at the moment, but cooked clam and brocolli pasta from River Cafe 2 easy last night and it was disappointing, and expensive. I also found the layout off putting - I have all the RC books and maybe this is why I don't use them. They seem a bit dated somehow. I have only done one EGOR so might do a few from that - the book seems more suited to Autumn for me than a hot summer

ScienceRocks Sun 01-Sep-13 11:14:13

Signing in, but don't have any of the books sad Will look in the library when I go this or next week.

August was a bit of a wipeout for me due to my dad being very unwell and then a two week holiday, so I will have a look at those books (and read the thread) with the aim of cooking from them this month. Also loved the Hairy Bikers book so will dip into that, and TM is still doing it for me (and I have lots of chipotles thanks to Huevos smile) so I will probably look at that too.

However, DH and I are thinking of doing the 5:2 so it may all go to pot...

glorious Sun 01-Sep-13 19:55:48

Hope your dad is better science .

We're off to Tokyo, Matsumoto and Kyoto with hopefully a few day trips. Not sure how much we'll see but the aim is to consider it a success if we eat some good food and walk round some different streets/parks. DD doesn't sleep anyway so what have we got to lose grin . Any tips huevos?

This week we're planning on the avgolemono from cloudberries and I might make dolmades as well since fresh vine leaves are in several of our local shops and I love them but haven't had homemade for about 15 years shock

Wearytiger Sun 01-Sep-13 19:58:55

Hello, signing in! Thanks pantah for setting up the thread! I apologise for being so rubbish. I went back to work a bit earlier than expected to take advantage of a new project starting... It's been very good but I just feel so so busy! I've also started 5:2 ... I have to say it's great so far... But yet another distraction away from cooking.

I did live in Tokyo, it was amazing. I've never eaten so well in my life! Where are you going glorious?

Wearytiger Sun 01-Sep-13 19:59:51

Oh x post. Glorious I wrote an itinerary for a friend the other day focused on Tokyo and Kyoto. If you want it I could PM you?

glorious Mon 02-Sep-13 06:17:19

Ooh that'd be great tiger thanks. Hope your return to work is going ok. thanks

I have kicked off sept with river cafe blue, slow cooked sausage sauce (pg 77) it was delicious. Really delicious. Unctuous and creamy, very rich family food. Takes a while but very much worth it. If these are the standard of all the recipes then a happy cook I'll besmile a very pleasing pasta to sauce ratio too- I find alot of chefs suggest huge amounts of pasta per head, (in Jamie case he advised 500g for four people in one recipeshock ) this recipe, for me ,got the balance right.
The whole family loved it.
Though where the author thinks domestic kitchens are getting 800ml tins of tomatoes I don't know, I've never seen bigger than your average 400g, not rocket science to double up smaller tins, but really an 800g tin of tomatoes? Where do you get these beasts?

I should also add that IMO it's in need of a salad- rich, creamy and no crunch, it needs a salad.

glorious Mon 02-Sep-13 20:30:24

Mmm you've sold me on that smile

We've just had the avgolemono. It's nice and sharp and the egg gives it a silky texture. I found there was too much water for the stock - thought there would be but I try to do what it says the first time. I think I prefer it as a sauce rather than a soup though; Nigella's version in How to Eat is yummy although I'm sure not remotely authentic.

greensnail Mon 02-Sep-13 20:45:42

Signing in for september. Planning on doing themoussaka from falling cloudberries this week. I have river cafe easy 1 and 2 from the library but haven't had a chance to look through yet. I need family friendly recipes this month as dh is away for a lot of it so will be cooking for just me and the dc.

ScienceRocks Mon 02-Sep-13 20:58:39

Drew a blank at the library so no input from me this month sad But I did find Angela hartnett's book, which looks fab smile

Can someone please remind me of the October books please?

glorious Mon 02-Sep-13 21:46:45

science I'm happy to type you up anything that takes your fancy from cloudberries or RC green. You could probably see the index on amazon...

Thanks again tiger for the Japan tips smile thanks

Pantah630 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:53:07

science likewise for River Cafe Easy

snowlie Tue 03-Sep-13 19:45:58

Signing in for this month, failed to do much in August as too many visitors and holidays meant no experimenting and this month more holidays, although I do have cloudberries and the yellow and green river cafe books - so it would be pitiful not to attempt something.

Yay! Falling cloudberries has arrived, I take back my earlier slander of yodel (hmm, maybe, they're still not brilliant are they?) I really like it. IMO it's a beautiful book and I am excited to cook from it. I will definitely make the Finnish meatballs, potato pancakes (for Sunday brunch with smoked salmon), cinnamon and cardamom buns, and the youvetsi. I seem to be alone in my enthuse for this months books, but I'm really enjoying just meal planning from them. Can't wait to cook more.
River cafe blues, Pork in milk, with olive oil mash potatoes is planned for tomorrow.

Wearytiger Tue 03-Sep-13 21:28:57

Hi all I'm probably going to have to take a break this month as I have no time.... Working with two children at home does get a bit easier, right? I tell myself it will! So on theory I'll be back in the kitchen from next month...

I don't want to neglect the thread though so did we decide next month's books?

Pantah630 Tue 03-Sep-13 22:38:03

I don't think so tiger what do you fancy for October?

Mmmm, just finished another river cafe blue meal
The pork loin cooked in milk and lemon- I wasn't sure about this as it cooked and the descriptive (a curdled sauce) put me off. But the DC picked it out. It was actually very tender and delicious. I've never made pork so tender in fact. The sauce was nice in a tiny, wee, little portion. But somewhat odd to me and a little sweeter than I like savoury food to be. DC shunned it altogether.

Mash made with olive oil and parmesan- this was dh choice from the book, and at first I sort of felt, well- I make a lovely buttery tasty mash with no recipe already! But plough on I did. And glad I did too. The olive oil really made the meal Italian, and made a nice change to my mash. Dh raved about it.

A very successful meal all in all.

ELR Fri 06-Sep-13 17:17:45

Why don't we take a break from a cook books and do a magazine?Sainsbury magazine is £1.60 and usually has a few good recipes, so cheap for everyone.

Cantdothisagain Fri 06-Sep-13 18:53:20

The magazine idea is great! Agree on Sainsburys. I like the Waitrose one too but Sainsburys should be easy for everyone to get hold of. Or Good Food.

glorious Fri 06-Sep-13 19:10:31

Yes I like the magazine idea too. Any of those suggestions would suit me. I also know people who get one called Olive but haven't looked at it myself.

We could also do another blog if anyone knows any good ones. I only follow baking ones so perhaps not after DL grin

ELR Fri 06-Sep-13 19:14:37

Great a food mag and a blog sounds good. I used to get olive but lost interest, I then had delicious but again got bored the Sainsbos one is the only one I buy every month because its so cheap! Will google for food blogs...

Pantah630 Sat 07-Sep-13 07:51:56

I love Good Food magazine and some months can cook quite a lot from it. How about we pick two, Good Food can be picked up in any supermarket/shop plus the supermarket mag that you shop at?

HuevosRancheros Sat 07-Sep-13 08:15:20

Ooh, I'd love to do a magazine or two! I never buy them these days, so it will be a real treat and not break the bank....even if I don't make much from it, at least I won't have splashed out on a book that languishes in the bookcase <glares at Silver Spoon and River Cafe Green>


HuevosRancheros Sat 07-Sep-13 08:21:30

As for blogs, I only follow a few...
Smitten Kitchen, but you've already done her book
101 cookbooks, beautiful but a bit Healthy grin
Recipe Rifle is probably my favourite read, but I rarely make much of hers, just like reading it. Lots of good stuff in there though

LovingKent Sat 07-Sep-13 12:03:56

I love the idea of a magazine or two or blog. Haven't bought a magazine in ages so it would be a good excuse grin.

I follow various food blogs (mostly baking). I'll list the lot below. The ones that are predominantly baking do have other recipes on them although you might have to search through their sites. Most of the baking ones have been contestants on the Great British Bake Off.


A Girl Called Jack cooking on a budget, have yet to try anything as only recently started following this.
Azelias Kitchen have only baked her banana cake and it was the best one I have ever tasted.
La Difference Catering Dor runs a catering business in Cheshire and blogs her recipes
Sumptuous Spoonfuls American, delicious recipes but the American ingredients and cup measurements take a bit of getting used to.
The Skint Foodie also budget but with more high end ingredients than Jack

Predominantly baking

Jo's Blue Aga Not done a lot of Jo's recipe but her peanut butter and choc chips cookies are delicious.
Recipes from a Normal Mum her biscuit recipes are fab, not tried much else
Sams Kitchen Again lovely biscuit recipes, wonderful photography
The Caked Crusader Only cooked a few things from this one as her cakes are massive and would find it hard to either get through it or offload that amount!
The Pink Whisk probably my favourite as has step by step instructions for everything. Everything I've done has turned out really well.

Phew think that's the lot. As you can tell I like baking and cooking grin

ELR Sat 07-Sep-13 14:28:48

Ooh forgot about the good food mag I like that too!
lovingkent thanks for mentioning the skint foodie blog!! I used to read that all the time but couldn't remember what it was called have been googling on and off for the last year trying to find it!! It's not really the recipes I liked but the writing syle and story that went with each recipe. I do like some of the recipes though.
Quite like this blog

maniacbug Sat 07-Sep-13 21:48:47

September greetings to all... Not cooked a thing from this month's books yet, and won't be doing River Cafe as our library don't have them and I am still working my way through the Aug books. I do have Cloudberries open and ready to go, though. I've only cooked one thing from there in the four years I've had the book: cinnamon and cardamom buns, which were really and truly delicious. You won't regret it pregnant! You do need to set aside a couple of hours, though, and they are best eaten fresh - although having said that a Swedish friend was round the other day and said that her mum usually makes 100 at a time (because the recipe is such a faff) and freezes most of them, then reheats straight from frozen.

I finally got all my cookbooks out of storage - all 147 of them - and decided to embark on a ruthless cull. Three hours later the pile for the charity shop contained a grand total of TWO. Fortunately they all fit on my new kitchen bookshelves - with room to spare, hurrah! But I am on a self-imposed new cookbook ban for the rest of the year so am all for the magazine idea for Oct. Nowhere near a Sainsbury's, though... are the recipes available online? I usually pick up the Waitrose mag and was surprised this month that not one single thing appeals.
Don't follow any cookery blogs so happy to be guided by others' suggestions.
(Will also hopefully be more in the mood for cooking this month once school finally starts again on Monday; am officially At the End of My Tether with the DCs!)

Cantdothisagain Sat 07-Sep-13 22:06:17

I agree that this month the Waitrose mag doesn't appeal much... Not sure why as the last few have been fab!

maniacbug Mon 09-Sep-13 14:50:22

Made the long-simmered veal with cream + dill from Falling Cloudberries yesterday (with pork fillet instead of veal); was nice enough and easy to have simmering away on the hob for a few hours, but I needed to add salt. Stirred a few chopped gherkins through too, which helped to lift it. Would probably do again.

Oven-baked fish with tomato and parsley just gone in the oven for tonight. Took max 15 mins prep, perfect for a school night. Hope it turns out OK...

I've realised why I struggle with this book. Leafing through it I see plenty of recipes I want to try, but I find the idea of grouping recipes by country a bit frustrating. Obviously I realise it makes sense on the one hand, but if I am looking for a main course idea I don't really want to have to search through the entire book for it. I find it illogical to have e.g. watermelon jam followed by garlic bread, or cranberry ice cream followed by dolmades. (This is probably also why I have not used Jamie Does Spain/Italy/Greece much at all either.) And the 'suitcase of recipes' at the end is frankly a bit too random for my liking! Must confess I also find the chapter intros a bit, um... twee. But maybe that's just me. Nevertheless, I will persevere in the spirit of the thread! I do like the look of the prawns with feta and will be making the toffee apple cake at some point this week.

Anyone got any recommendations from Cloudberries?

Manic- don't buy Tessa kiros apples for jam- in that her order is more infuriating, it's chapters are set in colours. So,red food first, yellow food second and so on grin

I made the potato pancakes on Sunday with smoked salmon and poached eggs- they needed salt, but were a definite hit with the family. They need to be made on a relaxed, non rushing day, as the prep takes a while, but worth it IMO.

I've had the Falling Cloudberries book for years and love the recipes. My two favourites are Ludi's Chicken and the Baked Butter beans.

Ludi's chicken is easy to prepare and is absolutely delicious. I make a stock with the carcass - it makes a lovely base for certain soups (e.g. cauliflower) as it will have some of the mustard seeds left in.

The Baked butter beans are gorgeous - I now cheat by using tinned ones, but it tastes the same to me (have tried both dried and tinned). It's one of those dishes which has humble ingredients but takes on magical qualities once cooked smile

Islets- I'm glad you've mentioned those- they are post ited (I know post ited is a terrible term) and I wasn't sure what of the many post it recipes to make this weekend, I'll give them both a go nowsmile .

Lomaamina Tue 10-Sep-13 20:08:57

Hello all. I've been lurking for a while. I just bought the Sainsbury's magazine hoping that'll be the one you choose and it came with a lovely free bar of Divine chocolate.

LovingKent Wed 11-Sep-13 14:52:42

Glad to help with Skint Foodie elr. Shall have a look at your recommendation smile.
Did we decide on a particular magazine or blog for Oct?

I like the skint foodie blog and a girl called jack, largely because I only have access to the internet on my phone and both mobile formats are good. I would prefer good food magazine as I live far from any supermarkets, but the newsagent does good food. I could ask mil to send Sainsburys magazine to me as I know due gets it.

That was more indecision really wasn't it? Sorrysmile

I made cloudberry youvseti last night, with less lamb than suggested (400g), less pasta than suggested (225g) and only 400g tomato. It easily fed four hungry people IMO, and was delicious. The end result was very homely, quite simple food. I would make it again, perhaps being generous with pepper and adding the suggested fried cubes of halloumI or feta. The DC adored the tomatoey cheesy pasta--ness of it and ate like rabid wolves though, so in their opinion it needed no improvinggrin

She gets it.
And the newsagent stocks good food magazine- they don't offer any food to be deemed goodwink (chicken on a stick comes to mind)

Cantdothisagain Wed 11-Sep-13 19:09:03

Pantah made a sensible suggestion - that we can choose either Good Food or the magazine of the supermarket you shop at. That should cover everyone?

I already have October mags for Sainsburys and Good Food...

glorious Wed 11-Sep-13 23:29:39

Dolmades are in progress. I've made the filling, which involved grating a tomato, never done that before!

Just need to roll and cook them tomorrow. We're also planning some courgette pasta from RC easy.

mimolette Thu 12-Sep-13 08:45:40

Hello, everyone! I am not taking part properly this month as am away too much. Really looking forward to magazine/blog idea in October though and plan to get fully stuck in for that. Absolutely love foodie magazines and will probably treat myself to Good Food.
I did though have a go at the slow cooked sausage pasta from RC last night and it was a real hit. Really rich and flavoursome, not much prep and easily done on a budget (I just used normal pork sausages). Think it will definitely become part of my regular repertoire! I didn't use the cream as didn't have any in, but it was gorgeous without.

glorious Thu 12-Sep-13 18:58:43

I've cooked the dolmades for too long, hope they're still edible!

Pantah630 Thu 12-Sep-13 19:12:30

Glorious sure they'll be fine, did you cook them in some wine? I make koupepia, the Cypriot version, and use tinned toms. I made 120 for my brother for his birthday the other day, he's kept some out to eat now and frozen the rest. [��]

Cantdothisagain Thu 12-Sep-13 19:44:40

How were they Glorious? I made them once pre children...

glorious Thu 12-Sep-13 20:54:46

They're really good actually, I'm quite surprised! Just like my mum used to make (she's from Dorset though so not terribly relevant! But comforting smile ).

Good to know they freeze ok pantah , I don't think I can eat them all. They were cooked in water and lemon juice with oil (Tessa Kiros suggests butter too but I'm not eating it atm). Wine sounds good though.

We had RC easy zucchini and caper spaghetti tonight. It was tasty and reminded me of ratatouille, but not particularly amazing which to be fair was unlikely anyway.

Pantah630 Fri 13-Sep-13 10:52:38

Glorious, I don't have a daughter but I'm from Dorset grin Greek Cypriot heritage though they're really lovely in avgolemono too.

maniacbug Fri 13-Sep-13 12:00:59

Ooh Pantah how did you post that photo? I would love to see more photos of what everyone's making! (When I tried, repeatedly, to post a pic of DH's chocolate krantz cakes from Jerusalem, I was defeated by technology.)

Pantah630 Fri 13-Sep-13 14:33:37

I only noticed it this week but there are three boxes for adding images that are under where you type your message. I'm on an iPad but not using the mobile site, assume its the same on everyone's screen.

glorious Fri 13-Sep-13 14:41:49

All the best people are from Dorset pantah (and I seem to remember there are a few more too). Mmm, shame we've finished the avgolemono already.

I'm on the mobile app and can't see the picture so I'll have to get the ipad.

Pantah630 Fri 13-Sep-13 15:20:27

Just because I can, here are the lemon bars that were such a hit the first month. I think I may do the Good Food mag and the SK blog for October, are we decided on one supermarket or Good Fog mag and one blog of your choice?

glorious there are many amazing people from Dorset, most of us are only famous in our own locale mind smile

maniacbug Fri 13-Sep-13 20:58:13

Yeah, I can see the boxes but it kept telling me my picture was too big. Trying again with the krantz cakes (they were amazing, must ask him to make them again).
I am just over the border to the west, by the way, but am very fond of Dorset! Happy memories of school trips to Durdle Door...

maniacbug Fri 13-Sep-13 21:01:15

It worked! <faints with shock>

Pantah630 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:34:01

They look good, will have to have a look at that recipe.

Cantdothisagain Sat 14-Sep-13 09:40:48

Is it because I'm on an I phone that I can't see these photos?

Pantah630 Sat 14-Sep-13 14:13:19

Probably cantdo but I don't use the mobile site so not sure.

LovingKent Sat 14-Sep-13 14:56:35

Great to see you these photos smile. All looks delicious. cantdo I can see the photos on my phone (using mobile but not app) but no button to post from phone so expect that has to be done from PC.
Will probably be buying Good Food mag for Oct. Had a flick through it earlier- lots I wanted to make. Might join you in making stuff from skint foodie pantah.

Pantah630 Sun 15-Sep-13 11:57:14

Cardamon and Cinnamon buns proving this morning, I have high hopes for these. DS2 is a Cnnamon bun fanatic so they best hit the mark and save him from hitting the Tesco Express after his paper round on a Saturday morning.

We had gung bao chicken again last night, with added green bits of spring onion a the end and some straight to wok noodles, yummy.

LovingKent that blog looks like it has some good recipes, I'm not lucky enough to have Middle Eastern and Asian stores in walking distance but they're en route to work if I go in a different way smile

Where does one get fresh yeast? I can only find easy yeast in supermarkets and tbh I'm not sure what I'm even looking for as I've never used it.

glorious Sun 15-Sep-13 16:06:15

pregnant sometimes supermarket bakeries will sell you fresh yeast (not mine though). Or delis/independent bakeries are good. It's a clay coloured block, quite hard to describe.

pantah I was tempted by those buns too.

We've just had sausage and chestnut gnocchi from RC green which was autumnal and very easy. DD (7 mo) loved it too and made a right mess smile

Pantah630 Sun 15-Sep-13 16:38:30

I used dried yeast, 2.25tsp from another recipe online with same quantities of the other ingredients, I'm not sure though. They taste a tad doughy and are slightly overcooked. I would try again with fresh yeast if I could get. Paul and Mary wouldn't be impressed and DS's didn't think they were as good as the BBC Good Food recipe DS2 made a few weeks ago sad

Nolda Sun 15-Sep-13 22:07:29

Pregnant, Ocado sell fresh yeast in their Swedish shop section.

pregnant - Morrison's used to sell fresh yeast in the fridge section - assuming they still do.

ELR Mon 16-Sep-13 10:46:19

Hi everyone been terrible this month not cooked anything so far from the books apart from I googled the baked butter beans recipe and did a sort of version of that but to be honest it was more like my own one I do all the time anyway!!
Loving the photos they are fab.
Which book is the cardamom and cinnamon buns from? They sound yummy.

With regards to next month are we doing the magazines available to purchase at the beginning of October which is actually the November issue or the October one which has been available to purchase from 1st sep?

This month I have made Nigel's spag Bol, Jerusalem's broadbeans and meatballs, SK pear and chocolate scones, nigella's heaven and earth mash and the cranberry, white choc and pecan cookies and also the marmalade flapjacks from DL and thomasina's courgette soup. So lots of cooking just not the months books!

Pantah630 Mon 16-Sep-13 16:19:16

Falling Cloudberries elr

Where I've overcooked them and they've hardened up they are perfect for dunking in tea, too perfect need another one smile

maniacbug Tue 17-Sep-13 08:32:21

Pantah try dunking them in a really milky coffee mid-morning... mmmm...

Pantah630 Wed 18-Sep-13 14:49:06

I was in Tesco earlier and asked a very nice man at the in-store bakery if I could buy some fresh yeast. He came back with a small block for me gratis ?????????? he was indeed a very, very nice man, with an Italian accent too!!

Will attempt more Cinnamon and cardamon buns later.

WilsonFrickett Wed 18-Sep-13 14:57:27

What's on the stocks for October? <too lazy to rtft>

glorious Wed 18-Sep-13 16:41:52

Yay pantah . I'll try tesco next time I need some.

Next month is a food mag and blog. Can't remember if we decided which blog but think it might have been Good Food plus whichever supermarket mag we want?

maniacbug Wed 18-Sep-13 18:36:08

I just bought the October edition of Good Food magazine and was like this: shock when I read the recipe for the cover photo cake. I mean, I bake regularly and am perfectly happy with the idea of spending hours in the kitchen, but seriously... it involves making 7 different sponges! Using 21 eggs! For just ONE cake! I am making a 3-tier chocolate wedding cake in October and I anticipate it being less effort than that. I wonder if it was some kind of editorial joke to see if any readers would really be mad brave enough to attempt it? I was pleased with the one-pot recipes booklet, though. I do like a good one-pot.

Also, and the main reason I am posting, does anyone have any suggestions for beetroot recipes from any of the books done to date? Did anyone make DL's cherry beet cake? I have Jerusalem open at the pureed beetroot with yoghurt + za'atar but just wondered if there was anything else I should be doing with my vegbox beet this week... can't find anything in Cloudberries, or EGoR. Hmm, I don't think I've ever seen a Chinese dish involving beetroot. Does it grow in that part of the world?

maniacbug Wed 18-Sep-13 18:38:58

And have also been meaning to ask, are there any MN food bloggers? There must be. Can anyone direct me to a couple please? Thanks!

Maniac- a beetroot and walnut recipe went down well from hfw veg if I remember correctly. (I like neither ingredients, but considered making it because of the enthusiasm of othersgrin )

ELR Wed 18-Sep-13 19:09:36

Beet root and feta salad in jamie oliver 15 min meals.
But a lovely use is to make a mixture of cooked cubed beet root with chopped parsley feta and a little cream cheese then season with pepper and use filo pastry to make little samosa pasty type things really yummy.

minimuffin Wed 18-Sep-13 23:04:32

Hi maniac - try the Riverford website for beetroot recipes, they have lots. I've made choc beetroot brownies a couple of times, they're lovely. But I prefer beetroot in a salad...

I've made 2 new things from Cloudberries. First the Oven Roasted Tomatoes, which are wonderful and really really easy. I had a glut from my veg box and will be doing this with future gluts. We had them with bread and cheese and on pasta. Then last week I made the Finnish meatballs. The meatballs themselves are great - quick and easy to make and really tasty. The sauce was a bit dodgy though - it looked thin and didn't really taste of much. Has anyone else tried it? Or got a good recipe for a scandinavian sauce - I think they are normally sour cream based? We had them with cranberry jelly instead of lingonberry and the DS's loved it despite the dodgy sauce. Also the meatball quantity was huge - I made a half quantity of the recipe and have still ended up with loads in the freezer (no bad thing)

Re October, there is an autumn recipe supplement with the Waitrose mag this month and I'm tempted by loads of them. There are lots of veggie ones.

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 07:34:12

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting (don't have this months's books) but i have been reading with interest.

Have the books for next month been decided?

Someone asked about MN food bloggers. I have set up my blog but not used it yet, but my twitter is food obsessed if anyone wants to look. It's @todayicooked.

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 07:34:13

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting (don't have this months's books) but i have been reading with interest.

Have the books for next month been decided?

Someone asked about MN food bloggers. I have set up my blog but not used it yet, but my twitter is food obsessed if anyone wants to look. It's @todayicooked.

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 07:34:38

Oh dear, I don't post for ages and then I post twice blush

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 07:34:59

What the hell, I may as well make it four times grin

maniacbug Thu 19-Sep-13 15:58:10

Thanks, great ideas! I remember really liking the sound of HFW's beetroot/walnut + the positive reviews at the time but not getting round to it, so I think I'll give that a try. ELR I wholeheartedly agree that beetroot + feta = v. good together, but I sent Jamie back to the library so have just looked online... do you mean the one from the steak sarnie meal? minimuffin the beetroot is from Riverford! It didn't occur to me to check their website so thanks for reminding me. Have just looked and there are enough beetroot ideas on there to keep me going all winter. (I did the beetroot haters' soup a couple of years ago to try and win DH over, but found it too sweet and the orange overpowering. Love the brownies though: I have marked the recipe with a big star!)
Science I've never used twitter, can you browse without actually signing up for an account?

ELR Thu 19-Sep-13 16:08:42

Yes it is the one from the steak sarnie recipe, this is prob the meal I do most out of there at least once every 6 weeks.

Just made the chicken and cardamom curry from Madhur jaffrey, just can't seem to get motivated for this months books so just making things I enjoyed from other months.

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 17:15:16

Maniac, there is a lovely halloumi, beetroot and lime recipe in nigella kitchen. Very simple, but delicious. I blimmin' love beetroot.

ScienceRocks Thu 19-Sep-13 17:15:41

Oh, and I think yes to being able to browse twitter without an account.

maniacbug Thu 19-Sep-13 20:38:01

I don't have that book, but halloumi, beetroot + lime combined sounds like heaven. My usual beetroot dishes are: Nigella's Christmas coleslaw (goes down v. well with a BBQ or as she suggests with the chilli) or a massive pot of borsch, with lots of dill and sour cream and black bread to dunk in it. Mmm. I am going to have to buy more beetroot this weekend, I think.

Back to this month, and I am determined to make the toffee/apple cake from Cloudberries, maybe tomorrow. Those Finnish meatballs sound good too, the sort of thing DCs would hoover up, though I might go off piste with the sauce.

ELR Thu 19-Sep-13 20:43:56

maniac try the meatballs in the jamie oliver 15 minute meal book they are pretty good. I don't have the recipe book but I googled it after watching it on tv and it was delish.

Pantah630 Sun 22-Sep-13 12:34:45

Trying again with the cinnamon buns and I have FC lamb with oregano and lemon in the oven for lunch, I'm using shoulder rather than leg. I'm a bit dubious as it's missing the garlic that you'd normally use with this Greek recipe but we'll see.

Pantah630 Sun 22-Sep-13 18:58:48

Much better with the fresh yeast and the lamb was good too, potatoes were lovely and lemony.

ELR Sun 22-Sep-13 19:04:07

pantah where did you get ground cardamom can't seem to find it anywhere.

Pantah630 Sun 22-Sep-13 20:44:37

I didn't, ground it myself. I have a spice grinder/coffee mill, this time I did it the lazy way and just chucked a load of pods in the grinder. Last time I bashed them in a pestle and mortar, got the seeds out, then ground the words of the immortal Severus Snape "I see no difference" grin

ELR Sun 22-Sep-13 22:42:46

Thanks will do that but 2 tsp worth is loads!

glorious Mon 23-Sep-13 01:49:01

Konnichiwa! Signing out for this month from Tokyo grin See you in October.

Pantah630 Mon 23-Sep-13 07:56:53

Have fun glorious

elr it's about half a full jar of pods, if you use the Bart ones. I had about a tsp left over as well but it grinds better with more in. Surprisingly the taste is not overpowering.

minimuffin Mon 23-Sep-13 17:03:09

Ooh Pantah I tried (well, DH did strictly speaking) the lamb with lemon & oregano from FC earlier in the summer and I thought it was bloody amazing. I'm not normally much of a lamb fan but we'd had some in Corfu a while back that was to die for and this was the closest thing to it that we've found. The chicken with oregano was good too.

mimolette Mon 23-Sep-13 21:20:53

We had the potato pancakes from Cloudberries tonight, with smoked salmon, sour cream and parsley.
They were a bit of a faf to make, what with pushing the potato through a seive, separating the eggs and whipping the whites. But the end result was much lighter and fluffier than any other potato pancakes I've made, so I would definitely recommend!
Might try without the sieving of potatoes next time and see if the egg whites still do the trick of fluffiness.

ELR Tue 24-Sep-13 17:43:05

Well finally made something!! I made the cardamom and cinnamon buns from FC quite nice although I think they would be better with bread flour also misread the recipe and only put 30g sugar as filling instead of 50g and they could of done with being a bit sweeter. But on the whole 7/10

ScienceRocks Tue 24-Sep-13 17:58:53

Mimolette, do you think a potato ricer would achieve the same effect as pushing them through a sieve?

mimolette Tue 24-Sep-13 20:49:59

Science, yes, I think it probably would but I don't own one (am not normally fussed by slightly lumpy mash!).

ScienceRocks Tue 24-Sep-13 21:47:42

I quite like slightly lumpy mash, it makes me feel it is made of real potatoes! I have a ricer for making gnocchi smile

LeonardoAcropolis Thu 26-Sep-13 10:32:45

Hello everyone, bit late adding this but last week I cooked the Pastitsio on page 165 in the Cyprus chapter - delicious! I halved the recipe and used turkey mince instead of pork and beef mix. It was very straightforward and i will definitely be cooking it again.

Pantah630 Thu 26-Sep-13 12:36:43

I love pastitsio and have the proper long tubes to make it at home. Will have to give her recipe a try. Thanks leonardo

The cinnamon buns went down very well this time, I need to make them again. Does anyone know how long you can keep a piece of fresh yeast in the fridge for? I still have most of the bloke the very nice man in Tescos bakery gave me.

Must look at the RC cookbook easy and rustle something up at the weekend. Don't think I've even looked at it this month yet.

Pantah630 Thu 26-Sep-13 12:43:52
HuevosRancheros Thu 26-Sep-13 13:58:42

Pantah, apparently you can freeze fresh yeast.....

mimolette Thu 26-Sep-13 17:06:27

We had the stuffed aubergines last night. I was a bit dubious as the recipe called for a lot less cooking time for the mince than I would normally do (eg for spag bog). But they turned out delicious. I found there was too much stuffing so also stuffed some peppers. Quite an easy cook ahead dish for guests too.

maniacbug Thu 26-Sep-13 17:45:51

Belated thanks to Islets for suggesting Ludi's Chicken. We had it last weekend, and it was very simple (8-yr-old DS1 did most of the work) and delicious, a perfect Sunday lunch. The lemony potatoes were very popular. Followed by apple cake with toffee topping (finally!), which I hadn't expected to be that exciting but was gorgeous still warm with double cream.

ELR Thu 26-Sep-13 17:59:08

Maniac I must make that cake it sounds delicious, just googled and it looks even nicer than I imagined my mouth is watering!! Def gonna make on the weekend!

ELR Fri 27-Sep-13 17:29:12

Apple cake in the oven and toffee sauce just about made, can't wait!!

ELR Fri 27-Sep-13 19:13:57

Well I had the cake and whilst it was ok it was not as nice as I thought it was going to be! Think I will use my own apple cake recipe in future and just top with toffee sauce.
Quite underwhelmed by all her recipes I have tried so far, whilst they are not bad they are just not mind blowing. I would say they are an average 6/10.

maniacbug Fri 27-Sep-13 19:46:45

ELR I think the end result (degree of satisfaction), as in so many other areas of life, depends to a certain extent on expectations: I thought it was going to be a bit boring so was pleasantly surprised, but I can see that if I'd been really looking forward to it I might have been disappointed, if you know what I mean... (I agree that it is not the nicest apple cake in the world; I prefer mine with a bit of spice and some raisins). Might be overthinking it though, am on my 2nd glass of wine waiting for DH to get home... So anyway, am done with September. More EGoR and Dan Lepard tomorrow, both of which I find considerably more inspiring and rewarding than FC. Still, glad I've cooked what I've cooked from it this month. See you all in October!

ELR Sun 29-Sep-13 20:03:08

Think you may be right maniac however wanted to add that we had friends for a casual dinner last night just made tapas and a big paella so we had the rest of the cake warmed up for pudding. I made a jug of toffee sauce (my own recipe)and it served warm with double cream and it was much more enjoyable than the day before and DH and friends loved it.

LovingKent Tue 01-Oct-13 08:03:13

Pantah Just came back to say Morrisons also sells fresh yeast. FIL found it in the cold section by the pastry. However his Morrisons is massive and when I looked in ours and Sainsburys neither sell it so maybe you need a huge one. So when your Tesco block runs out you could try there.

Pantah630 Tue 01-Oct-13 12:22:23

Thank you LK, we don't have a Morrisons here yet, let alone a big one so hopefully the Tesco bakery man will be on next time I need some ;)

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