Day 196 – #33 Cook 50 New Recipes

In an effort to keep my primal eating on track I came across a new cookbook.  I have loads and loads of cookbooks, but since going primal they have lost their appeal somewhat.  So many things in them I simply don’t eat anymore that recipes were becoming a chore rather than a pleasure.  Primal/Paleo cookbooks are a bit thin on the ground (and nearly always Amercian – which makes converting the recipes tiresome).  However, having stumbled across the Hemsley & Hemsley “Art of Eating Well” cookbook I have rediscovered my cooking mojo!  So far we have tried out 3 of the recipes.

Blueberry pancakes First up – Blueberry Pancakes.  How lush do they look?  Pretty gorgeous, huh?  Sadly, I didn’t like them.  They were too eggy for my liking and the texture was a bit weird.  Mark, on the otherhand, absolutely loved them and polished off mine as well as his.  He then found out just how filling coconut flour & ground almonds were…. 😀

So, a mini success.  The recipe definitely worked and Mark liked them so it was a good start.

Halloumi & Papaya Salad

 

 

 

 

Next up was the Halloumi & Papaya Salad.  (Excuse the rubbish photo – it was taken with my phone).  I made this on Saturday night to accompany our barbecued meats.  This took quite a long time to prepare and made a reasonable amount of mess but it was bloody gorge!  I left out the avocados as I don’t like them and was planning on using the whole papaya instead of the half in the recipe, but there was already so much on the plate that I left it half.  Their portions are certainly generous I’ll give them that!  I can’t really explain just how delicious this was.  Every mouthful was just yummy and I will definitely be making this one again.  Mark loved it too, and he’s not really a salad-y type person….

 

 

Sesame Chicken SaladWhich brings me on to tonight’s dinner which was Sesame Chicken Salad.  Again, a huge hit.  This was basically made up of pak choi, romaine lettuce, cucumber spirals and spring onions – all topped off with a dressing made from Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Lemon Juice & a bit of honey.  Topped with shredded, cooked chicken & sesame seeds.  It was so tasty.  I didn’t have high hopes looking at it on the plate; it looked a bit rabbity if I’m honest!  But the dressing really made the dish and it was strangely satisfying.  I finished it over two hours, have dug the garden for an hour and I’m not starving.  That’s a result after a plate of salad I think 🙂

 

 

 

So, the book has been a hit so far.  I’m pretty sure some more of their recipes will feature in my 50 and if you want to find out a bit more about Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley and their philosophy on eating then they have a website which is http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com

 

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