Advantages Easy to follow recipes using affordable and seasonal ingredients
Disadvantages I would have liked the recipes to include nutritional values
A must for me with a cookery book is that it needs to consist of photographs of the completed recipes as I feel totally uninspired when simply reading text. It is not surprising that January generally consists of soups, pastas and warming dishes such as poussins with herbs and wine and grilled mince lamb. Whilst there are a few pages containing two recipes, the book mainly consists of one recipe per page accompanied by a clear mouth watering colourful image. The list of ingredients is easily identified as they are contained in a column on the right hand side of each of the recipes; all of which are fairly simplified and easy to understand using imperial and metric measurements. Unfortunately, the book does not provide nutritional values for each recipe and due to my husband’s health concerns I would have found this extremely beneficial.
Perhaps I’m being a little picky here, but another issue I have is that the book does not provide preparation and cooking times and as the majority of us have extremely busy lives, this I feel is necessary. The time I spend cooking is important to me, particularly as I work full time, so I generally tend to seek out dishes that are quickly prepared although this is something I’m now familiar with having tried out a large number of the recipes. A favourite of ours is the breadcrumb chicken morsels, which are easily prepared using skinless chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, eggs and herbs. This can be created with the accompanying tartare sauce recipe, which I will occasionally create.
Another favourite of ours, which is the recipe for 19 March, is hunter’s chicken and I’d never considered cooking with alcohol prior to using this book as I was a little apprehensive. However, the step by step instructions are easy to follow and I managed to add the red wine to the ingredients without having a swig or setting the kitchen on fire!
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