What sort of cook are you? Perhaps you don’t cook at all? … I like to experiment in the kitchen – trying out new recipes, ingredients and techniques whenever I can. The only trouble is that experimentation often takes a little longer than the ‘tried and tested’. With life feeling busier than ever, it can be really hard to find the motivation for either myself or the Mr to cook up something new and exciting for dinner. Do you ever get a bit that way too?
The other complication is that by the time we get home from work we’re often super hungry, so falling back on one of our usual meal ideas is often the quickest and safest option. I say ‘safest’ because when I’m hungry I can tend to get cranky, so the sooner I’m fed, the better!
Anyway, in an effort to break ourselves of old and lazy meal habits, I recently invested in a couple of new cook books – ‘Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights’ and ‘Breakfast Lunch Tea (Rose Bakery)’.
As a vegetarian I have a love-hate relationship with purely vegetarian cookbooks. Sometimes they can be, well … how shall I put this? … a little too vegetarian. I know that probably doesn’t make much sense, perhaps it’s something fellow vegetarians can understand? Sometimes pure vegetarian / vegan cookbooks use too-hard-to-get ingredients, are overly complicated, and (I know it may be a little shallow to say) they aren’t always pleasing to the eye – I like (and need) lots of photos. Don’t get me wrong, there’s an equal and opposite love-hate relationship with ordinary cookbooks too … when reading those you’ll often find me bemoaning the lack of vegetarian or easy-to-convert-to-vegetarian recipes … Gosh, I’m hard to please aren’t I?
While we’re yet to try out any recipes from the Rose Bakery book (I’ve mostly been drooling over the delicious pastry recipes), we’ve had lots of success with some of Sophie Dahl’s delicious recipes … here’s hoping these new recipe experiments will become part of our regular routine. Do you have any cookbooks or recipes you swear by for those challenging, time-pressured weekday meals?