Really useful book looking at different types of research methods. Really helped me to understand the type of research I wanted to do and how to writeReally useful book looking at different types of research methods. Really helped me to understand the type of research I wanted to do and how to write about the research I am doing....more
I love the layout of this book, split by the different countries. There are some great recipes in here - I was expecting it to be all sweet things butI love the layout of this book, split by the different countries. There are some great recipes in here - I was expecting it to be all sweet things but actually there is a good balance between sweet and savory and has a number of different and exciting breads too. The only downside, a lot of the recipes call for double cream which is not going to be good for the New Years diet. I see this more as a dinner party or friends gathering type of cookbook than an everyday book of baking....more
The first recipe I have tried from this is the roast banana icecream (pg.164). It smells delicious cooking. It requires a bit of elbow grease, but soThe first recipe I have tried from this is the roast banana icecream (pg.164). It smells delicious cooking. It requires a bit of elbow grease, but so far worth the effort...more
The first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresThe first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresh berries as I couldn't get these in the shops at a reasonable price in january. I have cooked the fruit for and extra 5 minutes as its frozen, but it still tastes delicious. I've never tried making home made granola before but it came out really well and tasty. I would probably just make it with sultanas next time rather than mixed dried fruit, but that's only because I don't really like mixed peel. Overall a cracking recipe - would make again!
I then tried the Golden Vegetable Soup (pg.34). This smells delicious as it cooks. Butternut Squash is a pain to peel, but it is worth the effort!
The Chicken and Mushroom Risotto (pg.145) is absolutely delicious. It takes a bit of patience is get going and a couple of more expensive ingredients but such a nice dinner and tastes just like the full fat version!
Pg.65 - Easy Crispy Chicken. Putting this together is seriously quick and easy, wish I had thought about using the toaster to make breadcrumbs before. Incredibly simple as receipes go.
Fragrant Pork and Prawn Noodle Broth (p.127) smells really good when its cooking but is incredibly spicy. My blender died half way through so that was a little tricky, but its all good. Would probably use less chilli next time (or take the seeds out as them recommend).
Southern Style Jambalaya (p.147) this is delicious but needs to be eaten hot. It makes up a lot of food so it feels really filling. Have frozen the left overs and will have to see how those come out.
Chili Salad Bowls (p.106) these are a bit tricky to make but really pleased I have learnt how to make my own healthy tortilla bowls after loving the taco salads in the states. I've made this without the cheese, the lime, the salsa and the creme fraiche and added extra salad to make it super tasty and had two for dinner as they are low in calories and have been to the gym.
Paprika Chicken (pg.91) - trying this recipe for the first time tonight, it's relatively simple but does take quite a long time to make. This is not a whip it up on a work night type of recipe. I love the smell of paprika and it's great on a chilly winter night, makes it feel really homey. I'd probably have it with the mash as its winter and I like the stodgy after a long cold day, but I think the rice would work just as well in the summer for a bit of a lighter dish.
Simple Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad (pg.174) - I've adapted this recipe slightly for my meal - I've added some olives to the salad and left out the spring onions as I couldnt get any in the supermarket. I've also substituted the dressing for a chilli salad dressing that I had in the cupboard...I've still thinned this out with the water but it does mean the salad isnt quite the 183 calories stated...
Chili Con Carne (pg. 151) - this is relatively easy. I didnt like that there wasnt any veg in there, so I adapted the recipe slightly by chucking in 1 pepper, 2 carrots, a courgette and a handful of sliced mushrooms - this meant I could have it on its own without rice and I felt full. Its a bit spicier than the normal chili I make but I could adjust that...
Home Made Butternut Squash Tortellini (pg.138) - a bit fiddly to make but delicious. Don't be fooled into thinking you need more than the portion size, its very rich and heavier than your normal pasta
Minestrone Soup (pg.33) - a tasty and light alternative to more of a wintery soup....more
The first recipe that I have tried from this book the the fresh tomato soup (pg.46). I havent made this with the croutons, just made the soup on its oThe first recipe that I have tried from this book the the fresh tomato soup (pg.46). I havent made this with the croutons, just made the soup on its own for lunch. The combination of tomatos, basil and garlic brings a lovely smell to the kitchen. I used frozen basil rather than fresh basil as this was all i had, but this meant that when i blended it it just crumbled rather than ending up stewed. The idea of blending the ingredients whilst uncooked was a little odd and I found doing the carrots particularly difficult to blend. But it smells nice and tastes ok too!...more