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I had forgotten how good my old cranks recipe book is

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Overrun Wed 15-Nov-06 13:27:05

I got it out again last night, and even though it is fallig apart I have decided to keep it. Some really good ideas in there, any one else have this book?
If so, what are your favourite recipes?

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Morgan Wed 15-Nov-06 13:39:02

It is a good book - leek and courgette soup, pancake stacky thing, green beans with herb butter - off the top of my head!!

Overrun Wed 15-Nov-06 19:09:13

Thanks for the response Morgan. I used to use it a lot as a student, as vegetarian is cheaper, and I had been a veggie as a teenager.
I think there are some great salad ideas. Made Cauliflower, date and banana salad yesterday, and it was gorgeous

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ProfYaffle Wed 15-Nov-06 19:12:27

I love Cranks, I have about 4 of their cook books although I suspect they're not as old as yours!

Overrun Wed 15-Nov-06 19:23:20

ProfYaffle, which ones do you have if you don't mind. I might just get a new one.

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kikidee Wed 15-Nov-06 19:29:51

I have got the 'Cranks Recipe Book' from Cranks restaurant (is that the one you have Overrun?) but I am ashamed to say I have never cooked anything from it. It's a paperback and the pictures aren't very inspiring but I will try some recipes if some of you can suggest some good ones. I have a veggie DH so I am always looking for inspiration. Please tell me what will be a winner.

In return, I can recommend Food from the Place Below by Bill Sewell. The Place Below is a lovely restaurant and I used to go a lot when I worked in London.

ProfYaffle Wed 15-Nov-06 19:31:07

I've got the Cranks Bible, Cranks Light and Cranks Fast Food (thought there was one more but just checked and only have 3) They're older than I thought, between 1998 and 2001.

I've used Cranks Light and the Bible the most, hardly opened Fast Food.


tessasmum Wed 15-Nov-06 19:43:43

Lucious lemon cake is very yummy too!
Your book sounds in same condition as mine Overrun

Overrunnerbean Fri 17-Nov-06 09:53:13

Mine is quite a small paperback just called "The Cranks Recipe Book" published in 1985. I think my Nanna gave it to me around the time I became a vegetarian in my teens (not now btw)
Recipes that I can remember making, and intend to do again are as follows:
Cheese and lentil wedges
Potato soup (has paprika and carroway seeds in)
Made Mushroom and potato pie once, but didn't turn out well
Mushroom stragonoff is lovely.
Oh and the date slices are good too.
Let me know how you go

Brejack Mon 30-Mar-20 16:42:54

Just seen your comment. Now it’s 2020 but couldn’t resist replying. My book is falling apart but I’ve got a favourite to tell you about it’s the melting moments page 198. They are delicious. I’m making the luscious lemon cake page 178 now. It’s the first time so will see how that comes out. I used to use this book for vegetarian recipes for my daughter. But that was too long ago to remember the recipes I used.

Brejack Mon 30-Mar-20 16:43:46

I will definitely try some of those that you have recommended. Thank you

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 30-Mar-20 21:43:09

I haven't got the original one, just a poncey one which I don't like.

Hommity pie though - deffo make that!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 30-Mar-20 21:43:31

Oh - zombie thread

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Thu 02-Apr-20 09:17:23

Zombie thread indeed, but I have an ancient Cranks cookery book too, and also the cookbook from The Place Below, which I agree was great. Sadly gone now.

mooboy Sat 04-Apr-20 07:39:32

I have the food from the place below - made the British Rail Gingerbread from it last week!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 05-Apr-20 10:51:20

@mooboy, thanks for that tip. I've just looked at that recipe and I have everything in stock I need to make it, so may just do that now. Looks delicious!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Thu 09-Apr-20 11:16:56

@mooboy, I made that gingerbread yesterday. Thanks for the recommendation, it's absolutely delicious! Gorgeous texture. Will certainly make it again.

mooboy Thu 09-Apr-20 11:33:45

@Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g that's good to hear! Have you any favourites from that book? It's a while since I've cooked from it!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Thu 09-Apr-20 19:02:56

It's a while for me too, @mooboy, but I used to make the aubergine and lentil dish, usually with mushrooms added. Very tasty. He suggests serving it with peperonata and celeriac mash. I think I did make the peperonata for colour but served it with a green vegetable and probably rice, possibly brown rice. Nowadays I'd be keen to keep the calories down and serve it with just the green veg or a mixed salad.

ppeatfruit Fri 10-Apr-20 10:22:10

Oooh mooboy that sounds lovely have you got the British Rail Gingerbread recipe? I don't do links sorry blush

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Fri 10-Apr-20 10:40:37

Here you go, @ppeatfruit.

ppeatfruit Fri 10-Apr-20 13:28:40

Thanks very much Gasp I'll try that !! I Luuurve gingerbread grin

ppeatfruit Sun 12-Apr-20 09:27:26

I made my own version , it's very delicious!!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 12-Apr-20 12:51:16

Great! My son is eating his way through mine.

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