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Am dithering about buying dinner lady book........will i really use it ??

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nutcracker Sat 21-May-05 22:51:41

Is it really full of quick easy lovely things that even a proper cooking virgin like me can do ???? Or will it be chucked on my shelf next week and never be touched again ??

MarsLady Sat 21-May-05 22:53:32

Yes you'll use it now stop procrastinating, buy the book and feed them kids!

nutcracker Sat 21-May-05 22:54:08

Lol......yes Miss

emily05 Sat 21-May-05 22:56:02

I got this last weekend and have used it. Very simple with a short ingredients list.

Also very informative, doesnt contain just recipies. It also has information about feeding children, schemes in schools, local food production, the journey that the author went on to change school meals, all really helpful and interesting.

nutcracker Sat 21-May-05 22:57:54

Thanks emily, have ordered it

MarsLady Sat 21-May-05 23:00:15

good girl!

nutcracker Sat 21-May-05 23:00:48

bubbaloo Sat 21-May-05 23:03:10

i bought it in the week but havent used it yet.
the recipes look really nice and easy to make-im going to make them for dh and me

nutcracker Sat 21-May-05 23:04:46

Have brought a few in the past hoping they would be simple enough for me but then either they have been too hard or sounded disgusting.

I am desperate to improve what the kids eat so hopefully the book will help with that.

PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 21-May-05 23:07:42

I've made a few of the savoury recipes now and honestly - it really is a good book - everything I've made has gone down a storm with kids and dh.

If you make up double and buy some freezer trays, then you build up a stock of meals for the weeks ahead which makes life easier.

bea Sat 21-May-05 23:13:51

hmmm! just worth it for the cornflake tart recipe!... they're not particularly difficult recipes... very simple... and great if you haven't got a hugely well stocked larder with all sorts of herbs and spices... uses a lot of everyday stuff... nothing special needed to be bought in! i just like reading it for ideas!

bea Sat 21-May-05 23:15:35

hee! hee contact lenses are getting all blurry and just had a slight panic as i thought i had typed 'conrflake fart!'

Blossomhill Sat 21-May-05 23:19:02

I have used mine loads and even bake cakes from the book too. Very easy, simple child-friendly recipies. The one thing I will say is that the recipies can be a bit bland for adults as they are for children. Still am very impressed and have made loads from there.
I tend to go through and plan 4 meals, writing down all of the stuff I need for when I shop. Nowadays though I have most of it in the cupboards, especially the spices, flour etc.

NannyL Sat 21-May-05 23:57:15

Yes get it!

Its one of the best cook books i own, esp for kids 'normal' meals (rather than fancy dinner partys!)

I have vegetable crumble tonight, made pasta with bacon and peas on thurs and banana bread last week, and used the cheesy yorkshire pud. recipie to make toad in the hole the week before!

This week we are trying out lemon chicken risotto and the mousaka recipie!

Its a fab book, and if you have cooks and like to cook them 'proper and normal' food for tea then it really IS worth adding to your collection!

i LOVE it!

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 22-May-05 00:01:30

Yes, bh is right about adapting the recipes for the adult portions eg more paprika in the goulash recipe or stronger curry powder in the chicken curry.

Blossomhill Sun 22-May-05 00:08:39

Funny you should mention the ghoulash and curry puff as they were the dishes I was thinking of !

JoolsToo Sun 22-May-05 00:09:27

I've got a shelf full of cookbooks I never use! I've gathered some old faithful recipes over the years from my friend - when we go for dinner and I like it I ask for the recipe!

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