October Recipe Book Club - Ottolenghi The Cookbook & Any Supermarket Magazine

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ELR Mon 03-Oct-16 17:44:34

New thread for October Ottolenghi always popular and then any supermarket recipe magazine. Going to try really hard this month!!

Cookingongas Mon 03-Oct-16 19:19:12

Hi, checking in. Didn't fancy anything out of sainsburys mag last month so hoping this months will inspire me a bit more.

Is it the actual ottolenghi book we're covering or any book by ottolenghi ( plenty Jerusalem etc) ?

NeverEverAnythingEver Mon 03-Oct-16 20:00:33

I had an "Easy Ottolenghi" supplement with the weekend papers. I'm going to do the chicken with miso, ginger and lime tomorrow.

BrassicaBabe Mon 03-Oct-16 20:02:27

Throwing my hat in the ring. I've got Jerusalem, maybe another one too...

Pantah630 Tue 04-Oct-16 14:44:01

Checking in

NeverEverAnythingEver Tue 04-Oct-16 16:49:10

I've now got some chicken in miso and lime and ginger and maple syrup and garlic and soya sauce and mirin. Will be cooking in 10 minutes.

Not a minimalist, is he, this Ottolenghi?

NeverEverAnythingEver Tue 04-Oct-16 18:51:20

It's cooked and eaten. It's very nice, but slightly odd, probably because of the lime. Also I didn't do the searing of the chicken, just bung them all in the oven. And I didn't do the chilli and spring onion bit. grin

I've found the recipe.

Cookingongas Wed 05-Oct-16 18:22:10

Ooh never great link. I'm making Parmesan and cabbage soup from plenty tonight. I've made it before and it was lovely but tonight I've used kale instead of cabbage and I've not got high hope for it judging on the smell confused

Cookingongas Wed 05-Oct-16 18:50:26

It was quite nice. But I'd stick to proper Savoy cabbage next time, kale doesn't break down as much in blending. Going to get my ottolenghi books out and start meal planning tonight smile

ELR Wed 05-Oct-16 19:37:07

Thanks for the link Never I've made the lamb and feta meatballs they were delish we had them with rice and I made a carrot salad and some tatziki.

ELR Wed 05-Oct-16 19:38:24

I'm waiting on the Ottolenghi book to arrive I ordered the Nopi book too. But in the meantime ill cook from the link and Jerusalem which is my favourite cookbook of all time!

NeverEverAnythingEver Wed 05-Oct-16 20:34:27

Tomorrow we are having quesadilla. I've never cooked quesadilla before...

HuevosRancheros Thu 06-Oct-16 14:36:23

Checking in.

Thanks for the link Never

From the link, I made the tagliatelle and yoghurt yesterday.

It tasted like... tagliatelle and yoghurt. The pasta and sauce were fine, but it needed more of the spring onions and walnuts imo.
I couldn't find sheep yoghurt, so used goat yoghurt, but it just tasted like normal yoghurt tbh.
So I think if the toppings were upped, it would be great. And quick.

It was OK, but not WOW! like I expect from him.

What's the deal with the new book? (I will look on amazon, just being lazy smile). It's the only book of his I haven't got (except NOPI), am rather tempted...

NeverEverAnythingEver Thu 06-Oct-16 19:52:23

I have now got the Waitrose food magazine. grin

HuevosRancheros Thu 06-Oct-16 20:18:18

I'm quite tempted by some of the salads in the other Ottolenghi article linked to Never's here
They look exceedingly faffy and unsimple, but I am happy with that occasionally, as a treat smile

Cookingongas Thu 06-Oct-16 21:23:56

Wow those salads look great.

The new book is a reprint of the original ottolenghi I think. I'm ashamed to say that, of course, I have ordered it.

I have nopi but haven't really loved it as much as I wanted to. Will drag it out to see if it inspires me now.

NeverEverAnythingEver Fri 07-Oct-16 21:37:25

This is in the Waitrose October magazine. I might do it next week.

This too.

Cookingongas Sat 08-Oct-16 06:23:07

I made the tomato salad linked in the ottolenghi article above. It was very nice. Nobody is going to stop their horse and cart for it, but it was nice.

Cookingongas Sat 08-Oct-16 06:24:57

Here it is

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 08-Oct-16 06:45:50

That looks very nice. cooking. We have a surplus of cherry tomatoes. Maybe I'll try that. Or the prawns one.

NeverEverAnythingEver Tue 11-Oct-16 18:08:21

I can confirm that the Vietnamese-style caramel ginger chicken in the Waitrose magazine is very nice. Or rather, the Vietnamese-style caramel ginger belly pork is very nice! It did say it's a method used for pork and fish so I decided to go with pork. I CANNOT resist tampering ...

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sun 16-Oct-16 19:35:30

Very excited to finally join the cookery book club! I've been following since it started, but I never managed to find time to try two new recipes in a month before!

This weekend I made two recipes from Ottolenghi. Quite hard to choose two that I hadn't already tried, particularly as we're veggie, with a 4yr old so nothing too spicy.

The first was granola bars. I confess, I fiddled as I didn't have exactly the right ingredients - swapping the apricots and sour cherries for raisins and dried cranberries. I reduced the sugar to 65g, as the cranberries were sweetened. It was still very sweet. It was very, very crumbly too - but not sure if that is because I didn't pack it down enough. That said, it is still tasty and the crumbly bits work well as a topping for yogurt for DS's afters.

Originally, I (well DS and I) were going to make the pistachio shortbread, but when he was counting out the cardamon pods I realised that, much as I love the spice, I wasn't sure I was looking forward to it in a sweet biscuit. So we swapped it for the granola bars recipe instead.

I also made the sweet broccolini with tofu, sesame and coriander from Ottolenghi. I cannot work out the proportions - it says 250g tofu and 450g sprouting broccoli and from the pictures, it does seem to be almost completely broccoli, with just a tiny bit of tofu. Which seems odd to me! Is it a vegetable side dish, or a vegetarian main? Needless to say, I prefer to have more tofu, so I ended up not using about half the broccoli (I also used straggly normal broccoli as I can't get the sprouting kind here. I also used normal soy sauce, not kecap manis). It was tasty, but not so very different to what I'd normally do. (I was also going to make the Brussel Sprouts and Tofu recipe in Plenty - but that had only 150g tofu to 500g brussel sprouts - reminds me of the Friends episode with 'mocklate'!)

NeverEverAnythingEver Tue 18-Oct-16 20:26:37

Does it have to be in the proper Ottolenghi book? I did the beef short rib (without the barley or potato and with conference pear rather than nashi grin). It was astonishingly nice. We had it with pasta today. Will eat with rice tomorrow.

Cookingongas Tue 18-Oct-16 21:25:23

I don't think it has to be the book never- if so my recipes don't count. But that short rib recipe looks lovely. I may try it this weekend

NeverEverAnythingEver Tue 18-Oct-16 22:19:29

cooking I want to do the other two recipes too but I'm not faffing about with grains...

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