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Cookery Book Club February - Claudia Roden and Rachel Allen

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Pantah630 Wed 29-Jan-14 10:54:57

Welcome to February, Spring is on it's way but it's still cold or wet enough for hearty stews and one pots. This month is a no Cookbook buying month for me anyway so we have any Claudia Roden and Rachel Allen books you can lay your hands on. CR should be readily available in libraries and I found some of her recipes with a quick google search. Likewise Rachel Allen, she is a regular in the Good Food channel so they have lots of her recipes on their website. I'll put some links up in a bit. Happy cooking folks.

Pantah630 Thu 27-Feb-14 07:49:57

new thread here

glorious Thu 27-Feb-14 07:16:43

oops, so we did! smile

Pantah630 Wed 26-Feb-14 22:19:50

I've been useless this month, just the one CR recipe for me. Thankfully DS2 back S&S desperate for decent food, the only thing he didn't like on the ski trip smile

Yes, Hairy Dieters and Paul Hollywood for March, will sort new thread ASAP.

I haven't cooked one thing from the 3/4 RA books I've got, they're not the same as you all had and nothing jumped out when I scanned at the beginning of the month. When things calm down here I'll have another look.

pregnantpause Wed 26-Feb-14 08:29:58

I believe hairy dieters and Paul Hollywood were in for March, with any Leon book and the jewelled kitchen for April. But if I am wrong feel free to correct me.

glorious Tue 25-Feb-14 17:34:11

So what are we doing for March? Don't think we decided but may have forgotten.

That Food Programme episode is really interesting, CR is quite a woman. I need to actually cook something from her...

ELR Tue 25-Feb-14 13:28:30

Hi all, just caught up and pleased I don't need to feel too bad about not cooking much this month as the thread hasn't moved on too much.
Use hazelnuts: make a chocolate cake add chopped pears and crushed hazelnuts in, or sprinkle on top of a chocolate and banana cake or just eat them!!
Did the chorizo ball things in half term and they were nice.
The blondies sound good which book are they in?

madamecake Mon 24-Feb-14 15:25:48

Made the quick chicken casserole at the weekend with leftover roast chicken. Nice, easy dinner, and I'll eat almost anything if it's got tarragon in it so I loved it.

I also made the double chocolaye cookies and the banana blondies again. These have both become favourites in our house, even dh who doesn't have a sweet tooth asked if I would make the blondies again.

Don't think I'll be cooking much else this month, I'm using up all the batch cooked food in the freezer before we move out for a month and the builders move in!

pregnantpause Fri 21-Feb-14 09:23:58

I love that over cheese is catching on.grin
I did the spring rolls- as ever unauthentic, simple and tasty. I added a chilli, as DC were not eating them, and IMO they were better for it. She really doesn't like heat does she? I've added a bit of chilli to a few things of hers I've made and it usually improves it. It's in the interest of family and DC I suppose.

glorious Thu 20-Feb-14 20:42:08

Had the RA sausage and bean bake today, which was lovely in a simple way. Avoided any risk of over-cheesing by not weighing it out grin

HuevosRancheros Wed 19-Feb-14 20:54:05

Yes, I've done the salad before, after everyone on here raved about it, and loved it, though a tad too sweet for me, for a salad smile

But not made those biscuits yet, and they keep staring at me on Pinterest, so they may be tomorrow's project with the kids grin

Cantdothisagain Wed 19-Feb-14 20:04:27

Huevos, the Jerusalem cauli hazelnut salad is gorgeous...

HuevosRancheros Wed 19-Feb-14 16:07:22

Mimolette, I have hazelnuts in the house for two recipes right now!

Roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad, from Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, link here
and these amazing looking biscuits from the ever-reliable Smitten Kitchen are just screaming at me to be made!

pregnantpause Wed 19-Feb-14 07:19:06

Oh pantahshock that must have been awful! I would be terrified , if the tree outside our house came down I think dd1 and I would be hurt badly at best- it's a scary thought. I'm sure your ds will make all the more adventure from the rough crossing and will have a great time.

Rachel duck soup recipe for the leftover duck was indeed delicious. Best packed lunch I've had in ages. Not committing to it, but as I have the last leg of duck to use today, I'm considering the duck spring rolls- but anything seems possible before the DC are up and the mood of the day is set doesn't it?

IpanemaMeisje Tue 18-Feb-14 23:24:34

I like the 'over cheese' phrase too. I made her Fish Gratin a while ago for friends and it got the thumbs down sad too cheesy apparently.

I haven't dare try it since but am looking again thinking maybe my children would enjoy it mmmm

mimolette Tue 18-Feb-14 20:41:33

Yikes, Pantah, hope the weather behaves itself for you and your family from now on!
ELR, thank you very much - I made the butternut squash and leek gratin tonight to your instructions. It was nice, and I especially liked the addition of hazelnuts. Now have the rest of the bag (don't think I'd ever bought them before!), so will be on the look out for ideas on how to use them.

Cantdothisagain Tue 18-Feb-14 19:41:34

Stressful time for you Pantah! Glad the falling tree didn't cause too much damage.

Made the double choc chip cookies from Rachel again. Kids really like them and they are v easy to make, good half term fun.

Also made the salted caramel sauce and choc mousse - really good.

Pantah630 Tue 18-Feb-14 18:52:00

Finally getting started this month. I'm cooking Claudia Rodens puttanesca sauce from Food of Italy to go with some baked chicken breasts and frozen chips tasting in the pan and it's good.

DS2 arrived at the ski resort 24hrs after leaving school, 6hr delay at ferry and it was predictably very, very rough. No contact since so no news is good news I hope. We had our own disaster as a tree came down Friday night, missing car by an inch. Luckily DH had moved my bike just beforehand or I'd still be crying now. We are a quick clean up crew so lots of logs for my fab MiLs wood burner, in her 70s she came over and helped in the log shifting as DH chainsawed merrily. I hope the rest of you managed to dodge the falling trees and other debris.

glorious Sun 16-Feb-14 21:57:33

That's very fair of you. I like the phrase 'over cheese', going to use that

pregnantpause Sun 16-Feb-14 21:24:46

Tesco. I don't want to defame tesco though- the likelihood is they'd have taken them back happily and meat is a product that IMO can't be dated for fresh after the first two days post slaughter, not their fault necessarily.
I am going to try the balls, but based on the tartiflette she can over cheese- I used less than was suggested.

glorious Sun 16-Feb-14 20:45:34

Oh no that's awful pregnant, where were they from? Grr to DH too.

We finally had the doughballs, yum. But was I the only one not to squeeze all the cheese in?!

pregnantpause Sun 16-Feb-14 19:55:19

Mmm, we had Rachel honey duck and red cabbage today with roast baby new potatoes. Delicious. The duck was like butter to cut, and so flavourful, I'm looking forward to the duck soup tomorrow as it's so lovely. The cabbage was a wonderful accompaniment, perhaps made too much, as it was an accompaniment and not a side IMO as it's so sweet, but it can be frozen and as I will be making the duck again, then that is to it's favour tbh.
I've never cooked duck well done before, as I'm generally a rare person, but it was worth it and I will do it again (with a whole duck, I wouldn't so bastardize a breast alone) it's so meltingly tender cooked slow and well done.

Very happy again.

I had planned a Claudia recipe yesterday while todays duck defrosted- the chicken thighs I bought on the day, were off- gone chicken has such a disgusting smell I'm off chicken for a few days nowsad angry dh wouldn't let me take the rotten chicken back either as I had opened it and apparently 'its embarrassing for four quid' - four quidshock angry he clearly hasn't noticed my weekly budget it 40, ten percent is a lot, and eventually I will run out of frozen meat! Argh! Sorry ranted a bit more than intended.

madamecake Fri 14-Feb-14 16:04:45

I completely agree with you about the butterscotch apple pudding pregnant, and I say this as a big dessert fan. A crumble would have been simpler.

But we did enjoy the Thai pork noodle soup, very simple and only needed store cupboard ingredients.

Have also made the double chocolate cookies, really good recipe, not too gooey, not too crunchy and seem to keep quite well unlike some cookies that are either stale or completely soft by the next day.

Fingers crossed for your ds's ski trip pantah.

glorious Fri 14-Feb-14 15:24:12

You just basically whack a load of salt and stuff on it, but former veggies are definitely excused, sorry! grin

IpanemaMeisje Fri 14-Feb-14 15:02:52

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