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The best of Amish friends – Cookbook collection

Cover The best of Amish friends cookbook collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter

In real life this seems to be a spiral bound book, which I quite like. The cover immediately appealed to me and this time I was not disappointed with the photos inside either (see my review of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking). That is until I noticed quite a few pixelated images which still had an iStockphoto watermark on them. I am not sure what is going on but if you buy an image you normally receive the image without a watermark, so I found this quite strange (and they were not pleasing to look at either).

The book is divided into various sections, from breads and rolls, jams and jellies to main dishes, desserts and miscellaneous. Interspersed between the recipes are little stories and tidbits about Amish life and quotes, some are from the Bible, some from other sources, some are trite, some nice. The book makes for an entertaining read even without the recipes.

Most of the main dishes are with meat, but I found lots of nice things among the other chapters. Especially a recipe for zucchini and carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting (see my post about that treat here) has caught my fancy. I will definitely give that one a try.

All in all, a nice cookbook with pretty pictures and some wisdom and information about the Amish thrown in.


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Title The best of Amish friends – Cookbook collection
Author Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher Barbour Publishing
ISBN 9781624162145
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Simply delicious Amish cooking by Sherry Gore

Cover Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore

 

I was a tiny bit disappointed with this book. Not so much with the contents but the presentation. For some reason the lovely cover made me anticipate tons of color photos of Amish life, farms, kitchens and what not, but all it offered was a black and white photograph at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that the contents is exactly what it says on the cover, recipes and short stories or memories told by various people. Interesting but nothing Earth shattering either.

The recipes are organized in various chapters starting with breakfast recipes then going through the usual vegetables, meats, seafood, pies to a chapter called “this and that”, which consists of some rather “exotic” recipes like for example “Dark chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt” or “Hand-dipped chocolate-covered coconut patties”. This surprised me as I somehow thought that Amish meals would be a little more, um, frugal. Obviously I don’t know a lot about the Amish. Anyway, I quite liked the sound of most of them and will definitely try out a few in the course of my NEW52 Foodie Project.

Some of my favourites that I want to try were:

  • Banana sour cream bread
  • Grilled lime fish fillets
  • Shrimp scampi
  • Busy day cookies and probably every other cookie in the book
  • Lemon sour cream pie

I got quite a lot of nice sounding recipes out of this book but all in all it did not quite meet my expectations.


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Title Simply delicious Amish cooking
Author Sherry Gore
Publisher Zondervan
ISBN 9780310335542
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Fix-it and forget-it: Vegetarian Main dishes by Phyllis Pellman Good

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I was slightly disappointed with this book. The last vegetarian book in this series had plenty of slow cooker meals, but in this book a lot of the recipes were non-crockpot meals and I am not sure how that ties in with the fix-it and forget-it idea.

Right the first recipe is for mushroom manicotti, and, frankly, I do not see the “forget-it” in a meal that calls for cooked manicotti, preparing the stuffing, stuffing the pasta, bake it and then prepare a tomato sauce on the side to serve it with.

So far to me this series represented easy recipes where I could throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and forget about them until the cooker had worked its magic. This concept seems to have been given up now for the sake of “roasting, stir-frying and steaming – all the methods that so highlight vegetables’ star qualities”. Admittedly those recipes sound mouth watering and lovely: Tasty lentil tacos, Polenta with spicy bean sauce, Quinoa with broccoli and hoisin sauce, but they are not what I came for.

I saved some of the slow cooker recipes and am definitely planning on making them soon. The non-crockpot dishes are definitely worth a go as well, just that they are not the fix-it and forget-it kind. If you don’t mind that, go for this book.


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Title Fix-it and forget it: Vegetarian main dishes
Author Phyllis Pellman Good
Publisher Open Road Integrated Media
ISBN ASIN B00AYRI3GM
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Fix-it and forget-it vegetarian soups, stews and chilis by Phyllis Pellman Good

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Just like the first Fix it and forget it book that I reviewed, this is a no-nonsense book with recipes suitable for a busy life with real life pictures. The recipes are all fairly easy and mostly for the slow cooker. With a few exceptions the instructions are limited to “mix all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 7-8 hours on low”. Can it be any easier? If you love beans and lentils especially, this is a book for you.

Out of the fifty recipes so far I have tried the Red Lentil Soup and it was super easy and very delicious. With baguette it is a nice, convenient and filling meal.

Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1,2 l vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 tbsp rice uncooked
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1.5 tsp herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions:

Mix everything in crockpot

Cook 4-5h on high or 7-8 hours on low.

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Title Fix-it-and-forget-it vegetarian soups, stews and chilis
Author Phyllis Pellman Good
Publisher Open Road Media
ISBN ASIN B00AYRI5FQ
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Weekend Cooking: Two greedy Italians

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Today I want to share something from “Two greedy Italians”, a delightful book with a lot of delicious sounding recipes. The German title is “Trattoriaküche” (Trattoria cuisine) which indicates down-to-earth food. My recipe today is for a poor man’s meal that has obviously taken the gourmet world by storm – Testaroli.

The ingredients couldn’t be cheaper or simpler, the result is pretty delicious – even though I think I cooked mine a tiny little bit too long.

Testaroli

Testaroli

Ingredients:

250 g flour

1 pinch of salt

2 tbsp olive oil

400 ml water

Instructions:

Sieve flour and salt into a bowl. Slowly whisk in 400 ml water until it is a smooth dough. Mix in olive oil.

In hot olive oil fry one ladle of dough  at a time. Each side 3-4 minutes.
Cut the slices into 8 strips each.
(A research on the net showed that usually the testaroli are cut into a diamond shape. )

Bring salted water to a boil. Add the testaroli and boil until they rise to the surface. Take out and drain properly.

Serve with a sauce of your choice, best is homemade tomato sauce or pesto.

The veggie factor of the book.

Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) can’t say but there are a lot of veggie recipes in there.
Worth it? Yes

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Title Two greedy Italians
Author Antonio Carluccio & Gennaro Contaldo
Publisher Quadrille Publishing Ltd.
ISBN 9781844009428
I got this book from the library
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Weekend Cooking: A soup from the Carnation Café

I am by no means a Disney fan, but for various reasons I always listen to the Capturing Magic Podcast which is part of the Capturing Magic.me site. The other day they were discussing Disney related pins from Pinterest and one of the panelists mentioned this great recipe she found there for a Loaded Baked Potato soup served at the Carnation Café.

I had to check it out and wanted to share the link to the recipe with you, because it looks and sounds really delicious. Obviously everybody who has ever tasted it feels like they have gone to heaven. I haven’t tried it yet, but will make it this weekend (without the bacon, that is).

So, if you now have a craving for a hearty soup, have a look at the recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup at the Disney Parks Blog,

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Weekend cooking: Cooking from above–Baking

On my quest for new recipes I stumbled upon a book called “Cooking from above – Baking” by Marianne Magnier- Moreno (Original title: Mon Cours de Cuisine – Ma Pâtisserie).

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It is an absolutely beautiful baking book for visual people. The concept is that every recipe is accompanied by photographs of all the steps taken from above. Very helpful if you are not sure what the result of the various steps should look like. But whereas in most cookbooks the images of in between steps serve just an educational purpose and are often done in a rather uninspired way, here the aesthetic appeal is just as extraordinary as the culinary one.

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Every piece of equipment is beautiful, vintage knifes, enamel spatulas, the stoves are just the size they need to be to fit the pot, it is just a pleasure to look at those images depicting the gathered ingredients (always neatly lined up) up to the finished product.

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Apart from the visual pleasure you get a lot of delicious recipes. As it is a pâtisserie book it is not only about baking (the English title is a bit misleading). It covers desserts creams, sweet sauces, various cakes – from simple to sophisticated –, small pastry (among them maccarons and madeleines) and fruit cakes.

I recommend this to everybody who loves to browse through cook books and admire the beautiful food pictures, as well as to pâtisserie lovers. 


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Title Cooking from above – baking
Author Marianne Magnier-Moreno
Publisher Hamlyn
ISBN 0600619982
I got this book from the library
Buy link Buy Cooking from above – Baking on Amazon as a used book

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New52 Foodie Project. Week 8.

Today’s recipe is from a German cookbook called “Der Küchenchef – Vegetarisch” (The chef – vegetarian) which I got for only a few Euros the other day.

Cover Der Küchenchef vegetarisch

I forgot to take pictures of my finished meal again, but there is a lovely photograph in the book that shows the Chili-Tofu Tortillas in a much better way than I could have done.

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Weekend cooking: Re-arranging cookbooks

I am taking a break from my NEW52 Foodie project to talk a little about my cookbooks. Until now I had my cookbooks all over the place. Some were in the kitchen (window sill, shelves), some were in the living room, some in the clutter-y spare room with books, DVDs and a messy desk study at the far end on the floor under tons of other books. Now that I want to discover new recipes this was no good anymore and I had to re-arrange them a bit. I collected all of them and put them on a table, sorted out the ones I didn’t need anymore (in fact it was only one book I set aside as it was chicken recipes only), sorted them loosely and put them on one big shelf in the living room.

My cookbooks

I know, the collection is not nearly as big as other participants’ but I still enjoy looking at the books all gathered in one place. And it makes browsing for new recipes so much easier. I discovered a few small books that I never even knew we had and already found new recipes to try.

There is nothing like re-arranging books to boost your creativity!
How are your cookbooks sorted? All in one place? Favourites in the kitchen, the rest banned to a secluded spot?

As for new recipes I made another meal I found through a Weekend Cooking fellow blogger. It is a absolutely delicious Slow Cooker Lentil Cauliflower Stew that I found on The Law Student’s Cookbook. Another family favourite from now on.

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New52 Foodie Project. Week 5

Today’s recipe is for a meal that is cheap, easy, quick and delicious. If you are someone who likes to scrape up the rest of the tomato sauce with a piece of white bread this is for you. John found the recipe for a Bread and Tomato Gratin in The Guardian online and I had to try it out at the next opportunity.

It is great for leftover, stale bread and if you have a jar of nice ready made tomato sauce (or frozen homemade one) this is the quickest meal ever.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, but I didn’t have room for them anyway. However, on The Guardian you will see a picture that will make your mouth water.

Bread and Tomato Gratin

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NEW52 Foodie Project. Week 4

So far my foodie project is going really well. I am enjoying trying out dishes and it is a great way to discover new favourites.

Last weekend I made Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta, a recipe I saw in a Weekend Cooking post on the Squirrel Head Manor blog and knew I had to make it, it looked so delicious!

It is very easy to make and if you eat baguette with it instead of the suggested rice, it is a quick und uncomplicated meal. Not that rice is a difficult side dish, but it is extra work and I try to avoid extra work whenever I can, :).

Alterations: As I have mentioned before in a comment to a previous post I often substitute the REAL thing for the feta made from cow milk because I prefer the less intense taste. Plus, as usual I am using frozen prawns.

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NEW52 foodie project. week 3

I saw this recipe for Garlicky tortellini with shrimps and arugula on a weekend cooking post by Caite in March last year and entered it into my Plan to Eat recipes (see my blog post about Plan To Eat here) for later.  It sounded really nice, but for some reason I never got around to buying arugula. No idea why. With my new project, however, I gave myself a kick and went to an organic market to get some.

I should have done this much sooner because this meal immediately became a family favourite. I have made it twice already and will definitely make it very soon again. Surprisingly the kids love it, even though normally they would not touch arugula with a ten foot pole. It is uber-yummy – a little garlicky (you might think the garlic is way too much, but it is not), lemony, pasta, shrimps – absolutely delicious!
Alterations: Vegetable broth instead of chicken broth that the original recipe called for. Also I changed the measurements to ml and adjusted them to the amount of pasta we have in our packs. For original amounts see Caite’s post. As I am using frozen shrimps, I just took them out of the freezer, seasoned and stir fried them before adding them to the pasta.

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NEW52 foodie project. week 2

This week the new recipe was “Spanish Bagels”, which is a great in between snack or quick lunch (or dinner). I have had this Bagels Book for ages – it is one of those books sold cheap from grab tables in book shops – but I never made anything from it. When I saw bagels at a local bakery, I picked them up without any specific plan and then at home remembered this cook book. Convenient!

Bagels

I changed the recipe slightly and added the cheese to the egg-veggie-mixture instead of garnishing the bagel at the end.

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NEW52 foodie project. week 1

My week 1 of my NEW52 foodie project went well. I made a recipe I found in this cookbook that I got for Christmas last year. It is a German cookbook called “Vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine”, just my kind of thing. Look at the garlic bulb!

Vegetarische Mittelmeerküche

The recipe is called “Vegetable gratin with Feta” and it was delicious, just not a big hit with the kids. They only looked at it and then asked for bread instead.

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Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides by Phyllis Pellman Good

Cover Fix-it and forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides by Phyllis Pellman

Cookbook for the crockpot lover

My thoughts: 

Meat and crockpot lovers will like this book. Being a vegetarian I didn’t get too much out of it, as all main dishes, except two (Arroz con queso and Minestra di Ceci), are with meat or seafood.

From what I understood Phyllis Pellman Good collected those recipes from other people and edited them for this book. Every recipe has a name and town at the top, so I assume that is the person who contributed the recipe. A good sign, as those meals tend to be more “real life” as some you can find in the cookbooks from professional cook book authors. All ingredients are common and easy to find, no recipe has an impossible amount of ingredients and all you do is put them in the crockpot and let it do its magic.

Some recipes come with a photo and those also look like real life pictures taken in a real environment – not the kind where the food stylist has created a “dish” that nobody will ever be able to produce.

If I were a meat eater I’d cook several of the recipes. Here are some that would have appealed to me in my previous life.

  • Barbecued Ribs
  • Ham with sweet potatoes and oranges
  • Garlic with lime chicken
  • Turkey Fajitas

The veggie factor

Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg) 40/60. Almost all main dishes are non veggie, the sides are without meat.
Worth it? No


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Title Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Dishes and Sides
Author Phyllis Pellman Good
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 9781453276969
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Weekend Cooking: NEW 52 foodie project in 2013

I haven’t done a weekend cooking post in ages, but I am planning to change that. As a scrapbooker I am always looking out for new projects and for 2013 I am planning a “NEW 52 project”. You can read a bit more about that kind of project at the blog of One Little Bird Designs, but basically it involves doing one thing that is new to you each week.

I decided to limit my new experiences each week to recipes and am planning to try out one new recipe each week and – if it turns out nice – scrapbook a recipe card to create a special little cookbook at the end of the year. That way, I am forced to look through the umpteen cookbooks we have (or peruse all your weekend cooking posts) and finally cook something else than our staple meals, at least once a week.

So prepare for a recipe post every week in the new year!

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In my mailbox

 

Only one non-fiction book this week that I discovered in the Netgalley Christmas newsletter. As I am always on the lookout for new crockpot dishes I had to get this one. It is not exclusively vegetarian, but I am sure I can adapt some recipes. I just saw on Goodreads that the author has written tons of other crockpot cookbooks, one of them a veggie one. Maybe something to think about.

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Weekend Cooking: Duchy Originals Cookbook

duchy_origEver since I tasted Duchy originals lemon curd I was in love with the products.

On my last trip to the library I came across this Duchy Originals Cookbook and took it home without even looking inside. I knew there would probably be a lot of meat recipes in there but that didn’t matter. I just wanted to have a closer look at it. And I am glad I did.

The book is divided into four seasonal chapters with sub chapters like lambs or the forest in spring, bread or bees and honey in summer, jam or salmon in autumn and cheese, sausages or chocolate in winter.

The foreword is written by Prince Charles, who founded Duchy Originals twenty years ago, then we learn about the history and philosophy of the company. Some of those are the promotion of sustainable and organic farming, producing food in a traditional manner and working according to the cycle of nature.

It is an absolutely lovely book with beautiful pictures, interesting articles and very yummy recipes. Even though I only looked at the vegetarian ones I found plenty of dishes I want to try out.

The one I did try out right away are the granola bars. 

Granola Bars with organic honey

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Frame by Audrey Neal. 

Ingredients

  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 25 g pumpkin seeds
  • 25 g sunflower seeds
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 75 g organic honey (preferably Duchy Originals, but any kind will do)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 150°C.

Mix rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and sugar in a bowl.

Melt butter together with honey and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Line a baking dish with baking paper and pour mixture into it. Even it out and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Take out of the oven and cool down completely. Take off paper and cut into bars.

They keep in an airtight container for about a week.

I didn’t have bought pumpkin seeds but a Hokkaido pumpkin instead and wanted to roast my own seeds, but it didn’t work out. They burnt in the end, but I am not sure they would have turned out ok even if they hadn’t.

If anyone has a few tips on how to roast your own pumpkin seeds I would be grateful.

Anyway, I ended up using twice the amount of sunflower seeds instead and that worked, too. The bars are super nice, a bit on the sweet side, so I suppose you could cut down on the sugar a little. 

The veggie factor

Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) I didn’t count, and I could be way off, but I reckon about 75%/25%
Worth it? Yes, definitely. In spite of the veggie factor.

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Title Duchy Originals Cookbook
Author Johnny Acton & Nick Sandler
Publisher Kyle Cathie Limited
ISBN 9781904920694
I got this book from the libary
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Weekend cooking: Meal planning made easy

I suck at meal planning. Until recently meal planning in our family consisted of looking in the fridge, checking what is there and then throwing a meal together. Good for some. I wanted something better, but without all the browsing cookbooks, making shopping lists etc…

Now I have found the solution. Plan to eat. That website is the best thing for people who want a plan but are too lazy to do all the tasks involved (except cooking, that is).

Admittedly it takes a little time to import or manually enter your recipes – and that is an ongoing process – but once it is done meal planning is a breeze.

Decide what to cook on any given day, and Plan to eat creates your shopping list for you, sorted by food category and shops. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient. And the longer you use it the easier it gets as you are refining your system continuously.

I signed up for the free trial period and was so happy with the result that I subscribed to it. Maybe, if you are also struggling with all the planning, time consuming looking for recipes and creating of shopping lists, this is something for you as well.

By the way, I am no affiliate, just happy with the service…:)

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Week on the web

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Here are my finds for this week…

What did you find on the web in the last few days?

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Weekend cooking: It’s the rhubarb season!

Last week I mentioned on twitter that I was baking a rhubarb-meringue cake and a weekend cooking participant asked me whether I am going to blog about it. I hadn’t planned to but then I had this idea of creating a series of blog posts about various vegetables or fruit to educate myself (and maybe others). You see, until two weeks ago I didn’t care for rhubarb. At all. But then our neighbour knocked at our door and brought me some. Not being a person to turn down a gift I took it and then searched the net for recipes and for instructions on how to use rhubarb – I had never made anything with rhubarb before.

What is rhubarb?

In spite of being used as a fruit – for jam, cake, compote – rhubarb is a vegetable in the botanical sense- Already in the third millennium BC the Chinese used its roots for medical purposes, the ancient Romans and Greeks did the same. The stalks were thrown away. Rhubarb

Rhubarb came to Europe only in the 18th century when an apothecary grew it in the UK. Only 1820 it made its way to the US and twenty years later into Germany and it seems the love for rhubarb still remains a rather regional matter. Its main areas of popularity are England, Germany, the three Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg)  and North America.  As opposed to ancient times, today we only use the stalks of rhubarb.

After I got this pack of rhubarb I went looking for a cake recipe and found this one. The day before I had had a very delicious lemon-meringue cake, so the meringue part immediately caught my eye.

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Rhubarb honey-meringue cake
  • 125g soft butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks (will need egg whites later)
  • 50g corn starch
  • 150g flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • a bit shredded lemon peel
  • pinch of salt
  • 1kg rhubarb
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 100g sugar
  • 50g honey (if desired) Mix all dough ingredients (up to the salt) thoroughly for about 3 minutes and spread evenly in a greased springform pan. If you can create a little edge.
    Heat oven to 190°C upper and lower heat.
    Wash rhubarb and cut ends off generously. Cut into 2cm wide pieces. Put on top of dough. Do NOT add sugar on top! Bake for 45 minutes.
    After half an hour whisk egg whites with lemon juice until very stiff. While continuously stirring add the sugar and honey (you can leave the honey away if you prefer the cake without).
    Take cake out of the oven and spread stiff egg white on top. Bake another 15 minutes until meringue is a honey-ish yellow.

Take out of the oven and let it cool down. Enjoy!

If you can’t get enough of rhubarb now, here are some more  Rhubarb recipes at Martha Stewart.

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In my mailbox

 

This week was extremely slow as far as books are concerned – and that is a good thing. I really don’t know when to read all the books that I received in the last few weeks. Maybe a book acquiring ban is in order?!

 

I swapped

  • Nothing

I bought

  •   Nothing

From the library

That’s it! What was in YOUR mailbox recently? 

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Weekend Cooking: Delia’s Vegetarian Collection

deliaI found this book in our library and even though I don’t know Delia Smith I had to get it right away. It looked so enticing and the first recipe I saw when opening it was a Maccaroni-cheese-soufflé. A very ordinary dish and exactly what I like.

Often in vegatarian cookbooks the recipes feature unusual ingredients, fancy combinations and dishes that are not do-able unless you have hours to spend in the kitchen and in specialty shops. So a maccaroni-cheese soufflè drew me right in.

Delia Smith is a very popular TV chef and cookbook author in the UK and this book contains 250 recipes that she has collected over the years. The recipes all sound rather down to earth, not too complicated and very delicious.

I want to share one that immediately caught my eye while browsing (I love toasties).

Sandwich with grilled cheese and relish

This is the veggie version of the “Croque Monsieur”. You can either use bought relish, or make your won with Delia’s recipe (also provided in the book).

Ingredients:

  • 2 large slices white bread, buttered
  • 2 heaped tsp of onion-tomato-chili relish
  • 50g Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled and cut into fine rings
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10g butter, melted
  • 25g Parmesan cheese, grated
    Pre-heat grill at highest temperature.
    Spread one teaspoon relish on each slice of bread. Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread. Spread onion rings evenly on top of cheese, salt and pepper and cover with second slice.
    Spread half of melted butter and half of Parmesan on top of the sandwich  and squeeze together slightly. Put sandwich under the grill and grill for 2 minutes, about 5cm away from the heat source until golden brown. Turn the sandwich, spread rest of butter and Parmesanon it and grill again for 2 minutes.
    Enjoy!

    The veggie factor

    Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) 0/250; 100% vegetarian
    Worth it? Yes, definitely

    Product info and buy link :

    Title Delia’s Vegetarian Collection
    Author Delia Smith
    Publisher BBC Books
    ISBN 9780563493648
    I got this book from the library
    Buy link Buy Delia’s Vegetarian Collection
    More info Delia online

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    Weekend Cooking: The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla

    Cover The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy SinglaI bought this soon after I got my slow cooker, but unfortunately I haven’t used any recipes from it, even though they all sound great. Just another one of those things.

    The Indian Slow Cooker is a great book for curry lovers. Anupy Singla says she is the first one to combine Indian cuisine with slow cooking. According to her nobody ever thought of it before because Indian cooking normally includes very hot oil to which spices are added. This step is being left out when slow cooking (unless – like some of her friends do – you add this spice infused oil afterwards).

    The book starts with a chapter on how to get started cooking Indian and then moves on to slow cookers in general, spices, tools of the trade, pantry staples, beans, bread and how to eat Indian food.

    The recipes are divided into recipes with lentils, beans & peas, vegetables and meats followed by a chapter on side dishes and desserts. Except for the meat recipes, all recipes are perfectly suited for vegetarians. Out of the 80 odd pages only 16 are covering meat dishes, so the recipe ratio is great. Funnily enough, even in the meat section (and I almost missed that one) there is a vegetarian recipe called “Mock Keema”, which is made with “vegetarian crumbles”, which I suppose is soy mince.

    Before you start cooking and you haven’t got a kitchen already equipped with all the spices, you better go shopping to your local Indian/Asian grocery store to stock up. The recipes need a lot of different ingredients that are no kitchen staples, at least not for me.

     Spices and beans Spice jars

    Round labels from Cathe Holden’s site Just something I made. Lovely handwriting by my son.

    Recipes range from Simple split chickpea curry, Goan black-eyed peas, Simplest of simple yellow lentils to Spiced cauliflower and potatoes, Butter chicken and Lamb Biryani. The last chapter covers chutney, rice, naan yoghurt and other side dishes.

    Especially helpful for metric people: Right in the ingredients list it gives the American system (what is the name of it? I have no idea. spoon and cup system?) along with the metric measurements.

    If you like Indian food and want to use your slow cooker more, you might want to give this book a try.

      The veggie factor

      Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.) ca. 7/43
      Worth it? Definitely

      Product info and buy link :

      Title The Indian Slow Cooker
      Author Anupy Singla
      Publisher Agate Publishing
      ISBN 9781572841116
      I got this book from I bought it
      Buy link Buy The Indian Slow Cooker

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      Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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