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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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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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It was a bit last minute as we weren’t going to have a party for Lola’s 3rd birthday due to kitchen renovations taking over our house and lives at the moment. However I had mother guilt at 4 in the morning just before her birthday so I hastily invited the extended family over for cake and bubbles in the afternoon of the Monday public holiday.
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I’ve been dying to do this post – waiting until I’d had all three dishes before I could reveal to the world this neat little idea. A couple of weeks ago I came across a recipe to cook up a stack of lamb shanks which I then made into three different meals. I really liked the idea and it was a great success.
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On my winter quest for lunch time veggie soups I’ve added three new (to me) soups to my repertoire this week. Two of these aren’t strictly vegetarian (they include a small amount of bacon) but as I’m not strictly worried about that, I’m happy to include them 🙂
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For many years broccoli was simply something I ate steamed as a side serve with other foods. Occasionally I might tart it up a bit by tossing it in a little melted butter and sprinkling it with toasted almonds but essentially it was a green veggie that I didn’t do much with. Don’t get me wrong, I really like broccoli and I especially like the stalk which has a lovely sweetness to it – when I was younger and very very suspicious of vegetables I would only eat the stalk because I didn’t like the texture of the florets in my mouth!
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It’s a funny thing how you can make the same dish a hundred times and then suddenly you make the perfect one. I guess it’s called practice 🙂
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Surrounded by bubbling pots, steaming up the kitchen windows, I feel a little like the magicians apprentice as I try out every soup in the book (s), not entirely sure what the outcome is going to be.
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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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