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The Xmas fairy (my Mum) granted my wish for the new Ottolenghi cookbook Plenty and I made the first of the dishes that took my fancy this week. Those of you who know this cookbook and the previous one with the eponymous title Ottolenghi will already be familiar with the rich, creative mix of flavours and ingredients that make really surprising dishes full of colour and flavour.
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This post is a shamelessly stolen idea from Lambs Ears and Honey blog this week because I love doing lists of stuff where I am required to agonisingly choose just a few things from a much larger list, like the one where you have to choose 5 foods you would take with you to a desert island. Posting up a  5-only-cookbook-wish-list is like throwing down the gauntlet!
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After having read about, and drooled over, recipes from the Ottolenghi cookbooks on various of my favourite blogs I finally ordered a copy of their first book from The Book Depository and it arrived last week. This is the first recipe I have made from the book and it was utterly delicious.
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Some of you may remember a post I did on the CSIRO diet and cook books a little while back. Now that spring is here I’ve remembered my number one dish from this book and one that I’ve returned to many times. This was the last thing I made using my oven before we started camp cooking while waiting for the new kitchen to be installed (seems like a distant memory now but was actually only a few weeks ago).
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I’m so lucky! Can you believe that in the same weekend that we were treated with so many delectable goodies at Lucy’s I was also spoiled rotten by another fabulous friend? Middle Eastern cooking is obviously the cuisine of the moment as we all seem to be so taken with cooking, eating and reading about it!
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Bolognese – everyone makes it, everyone loves it. Some (traditionally) use milk, some use diced beef, ragu style. Here’s my version that I’ve tweaked over many years.
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I feel some trepidation putting up this post I mean, what am I thinking posting on a diet in a food blog dedicated to the love of food? Let me say right now that I had never been on a diet before and don’t generally agree with the idea given the evidence that it just makes people’s weight yo-yo. However what appealed to me about the CSIRO diet (or eating plan ;)) was that it uses normal food. There are also some very good recipes in the book that I use regardless of whether I’m thinking of diet food or not. I made two dishes last week that I’ve made several times before so I’m going to boldly post on them along with a little rundown on the diet idea (because we all struggle with excesses in our diets from time to time right?).
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