This month I have been testing recipes from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero and Weight Watchers Meat Free Meals. Here I will be reviewing Weight Watchers Meat Free Meals!
This is a mini book that I picked up when there was a buy one get one free offer in Sainsbury’s. Although I’m not interested in losing weight (in fact I’m actually trying to put it on!), the photos drew me in!
Introduction: This book is aimed at both vegetarians and meat eaters and is a compilation of recipes from the best of Weight Watchers cookbooks. The introduction claims that “there is something for all occasions” which makes me hopeful that there will be simple everyday recipes as well as something a bit more special. There are some handy tips in the introduction on storing leftovers and freezing them. Very handy for people who are cooking for one like me! There is also a checklist of some of the main ingredients used in the book which is extremely useful. I was expecting some more tips about losing weight as this is a Weight Watchers book. Although I wouldn’t have been very interested in them, the people who this book is aimed at would probably like some more information!
Soups and Salads: I tried two recipes from this section: Courgette & Potato Soup and Carrot & Sunflower Seed Salad (pictured above). The good thing about the soup recipes in this book is that they only make one or two servings. Usually when I make soup I end up with a lot of leftovers! The recipes are easy to follow and use common ingredients. This is a great chapter for lunches! The Roasted RedP soup sounds nice and I also want to try the Fiesta Bean Salad.
Light Bites: I had two recipes bookmarked in this section but sadly never got around to either of them. The first was the Rice and Vegetable Pot which I will be making for lunch at some point. The second was the Spiced Lentil Dip With Crudites. Unfortunately a lot of the recipes in this section included bread and/or cheese so it wasn’t very suitable for me. However if you’re a vegetarian who can eat gluten it’s very good!
Speedy Suppers: The only recipe I tried from this section is the Mexican Stir Fry. It definitely fit it’s description as it came together in less than 20 minutes! This section is aimed at people who need a quick but tasty meal when they come home from work. It has some really nice looking recipes in it such as Sweet & Sour Tofu & Vegetables and Goulash. I think it’s perfect food for families!
Family Favourites: I actually can’t believe I didn’t try anything from this chapter! It’s a fabulous chapter full of old favourites that have been redesigned. The Vegetarian Shepherds Pie looks particularly good and I had bookmarked the Lentil Bolognese!
Curries, Casseroles and Stews: From this chapter I made the Aubergine Madras and the Pumpkin Stew. I love this kind of food so this chapter was brilliant. At some point I’ll get around to trying the Lentil Curry with Crispy Onions!
Entertaining: My favourite recipe from the book came from this section! This is the Paella with Roasted Vegetables which is the meal that introduced me to smoked paprika (a dangerous thing!). A brilliant chapter full of recipes to impress! The Roast Vegetable Pilaf was calling me next.
General Comments This is a good book full of healthy and nutritious recipes that don’t lack in flavour! It’s a good addition to your library for the speedy and easy recipes that can be thrown together with few ingredients. The photos are beautiful too, a great addition to such a small book. My only criticism? No desserts! ...more
I bought this book from Oxfam because I thought the pictures would inspire me with my writing. It did much more than that though. This book tells youI bought this book from Oxfam because I thought the pictures would inspire me with my writing. It did much more than that though. This book tells you how to build a fae character and also shows the characteristics that each faery type have. Amazing help!...more
This is one of those rare books that I immediately went out and bought and that was not in my to-read pile for long! I discovered this novel when I waThis is one of those rare books that I immediately went out and bought and that was not in my to-read pile for long! I discovered this novel when I was looking at my top ten 2013 debuts that I was looking forward to. Everything attracted me to it! The cover is of course beautiful and I am definitely a sucker for a good book cover. Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favourite stories and I was very excited when the Tim Burton film came out. I’ve also always been attracted to retellings of fairy tales so this book definitely ticked all the boxes!
The premise for this novel is a brilliant one. Alyssa Gardner is descended from Alice Liddell, the little girl who first inspired Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland tale. Madness has been diagnosed in all of the women in her family who all get to a certain age before they start rambling about teacups and rabbits. Alice spends her life dreading her fate while visiting her mother in a mental institute every week. She is an immediately likeable character who every misfit will relate to. Her quirky fashion sense and alternative art make her the perfect teenage heroine and link her unknowingly to the creatures of Wonderland. Jeb is also a brilliant character and the love triangle was an excellent addition to the story. My favourite character in the novel however was Morpheus. The descriptions of him sound breathtaking and he is such a multi-layered character.
Wonderland itself is very Burton-esque and Howard mentions how she was inspired by Tim Burton in the acknowledgements at the end of the book. Every character from the Mad Hatter (Hattington) to the Cheshire Cat (Chessie) and the White Rabbit (Rabid) has had a dark makeover which leaves you wanting more. The landscape sounds brilliant and Wonderland is full of gothic magic. It’s all much better than I imagined when I first heard of this book and I’m now desperate for a sequel! (Please!). I’m not into spoilers on this blog but during the last few chapters I could not put this book down. It was full of surprises and twists and did not end in the way I was expecting.
I’ll leave it there before I give anything away! If you’re a fan of retellings, Tim Burton, Wonderland or any one of those three things I urge you to give this book a try. You’ll love it.