I am not cooking at the moment, well, not proper cooking and I hate that, as an indicator on how much I’m cooking, how many times I use the dishwasher in a day, well I’m struggling to fill it once a day at the moment, meaning that we’re always running out of cups, because obviously we’re still drinking and actually still eating, just stuff that can go straight from oven or fridge, with not much in between. But there is a part of me that is getting rather excited about a new foodie hour coming up on BBC2, starting this Tuesday and a new Jamie Oliver book out in April, so maybe something in all that will kick me up the bottom and get me back in the kitchen.
First up though is the new foodie hour (where Mr. Lacer will absolutely not be able to watch any of his sci-fi), with another Grow Your Own Drugs (where I feel sorry for his goldfish and wonder how his patio can be full of weeds between the cracks and still look trendy, whilst mine doesn’t) and a totally new series The Delicious Miss Dahl (heck on the subject of food programming, I’m getting excited that them dramatising Nigel Slater’s Toast and making a new series of Simple Suppers, for before Christmas). Anyway, I’ve been tempted by Sophie Dahl’s book, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights (is that not a wonderful title?) for some time, but I’m tempted by a lot of things and I managed to control myself, but knowing that watching half an hour a week on the subject, I would not be able to control myself any longer, so bought the book before the show even aired, first cookery book I’ve bought in a while.
And ooh it’s a good book, very pretty, gorgeous photography and not just all of Miss Dahl herself (although looking at the photos of her and this promotional clip here, BBC2 have so found a new Nigella). The recipes are nice and healthy-ish and not heavily into meat (as a not much of a meat eater, I hate buying cookery books too full of meat recipes). The book feels nice to look at and hold and Dahl writes very well, in a chatty, informal style about each recipe and with longer pieces at the front of each season’s section.
Anyway, as per usual, when I review a cookery book, these are the dishes I particularly want to try -
In Autumn Breakfasts -
- Rice pudding cereal with pear puree – oh my god, I love milky rice pudding for breakfast (cooked in a pan, not in the oven), so this recipe is right up my street, although it would have to be a very lazy morning to find time to make this, this may become lunch.
- Omelette with caramilized onion and Red Leicester – I haven’t had an omelette for years ‘but . . . I . . . want . . . one . . . NOW!’ now.
- Tawny granola – a granola with the rare distinction of having absolutely nothing I don’t like (nuts, raisins (I eat raisins, just not in breakfast cereal, banana) and absolutely everything I do like (pumpkin seeds, almonds, desiccated coconut, allspice, dried apricots).
- Musician’s breakfast - home made brown bread, thick with oats, topped with a slice of parma ham, Dahl makes for her partner, he’s a lucky man.
- Spinach barley soup – mmmmmmm
- Buckwheat risotto (with something other than mushrooms, which I can’t eat) – I love buckwheat!
- Lily’s stir fry with tofu – sounds nice and fresh.
- Aubergine Parmigiana – yum
- Pear and ginger muffins – sometimes, when I’m browsing in the recipe book section and I flick open a page at random, the recipe on that page can sell me the book alone and this was the recipe for me for this book.
- Porridge with apricots, manuka honey and creme fraiche – yum to!
- Holler’s curried parsnip soup – I love how there’s so many soup recipes in this book!
- Lemon and ricotta spelt pancakes – lovely, but oh to have the time and energy to make these in a morning.
- Cinnamon roast peaches with vanilla yoghurt – I think this looks more achievable, you can bung the peaches in the oven and get dressed.
- Blueberry and strawberry smoothie – made with frozen fruit rather than fresh, I approve!
- Quinoa salad with tahini salad – yum!
- Beetroot soup – hot or cold
Puddings – now Miss Dahl gets voluptuous
- Ginger parkin
- Clover’s carnation milk jelly – oh I had this as a kid, somehow though, knowing my kids, I’m not sure they’d like this, more for me then.
- Cardamom rice pudding – more rice pudding
- Elderflower jelly – more jelly
- Flapjacks – the kids are allowed flapjacks at school now during snack time, hmmmm
- Banana Bread – banana bread with no nuts in, yeah!
- Orange yoghurt and polenta cake – me like polenta cake