Day 208 – #33 Cook 50 New Recipes

Bacon & Cabbage salad So, after the success of my first 3 Hemsley & Hemsley recipes I felt encouraged to try a few more.  We invited my mum & dad round for a barbecue last weekend and I decided to make this salad to accompany the meat (there was a lot of meat!).  This rather lurid looking bowl contains red cabbage, red onion, bacon, apple, walnuts and a basic dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey.  My dad & Mark aren’t really salad-y type folk.  However they both agreed to try it, just to humour me I think.  Both were *very* surprised to find that they liked it a lot!  I was too.  It’s another bloody lovely salad.  So much so that mum even emailed me for the recipe the following day.  AND Mark requested it again today.  So, I think that definitely qualifies as a good result.

Courgette friesThe second dish was also from my H&H book and was their courgette fries.  Normally if Mark has a carby accompaniment to his meal, I’m quite happy to just have the veg.  But I saw these “fries” in the book and thought I’d try them out.  They were a bit of a faff to make.  Strips of courgette, dipped in beaten egg, then dipped in a mixture of ground almonds & parmesan cheese and then baked in the oven.  I think I probably should have made them thinner, or cooked them for longer as they weren’t particularly crispy.  But they were tasty and it did make a nice change.

So far, no dud recipes.  This book rocks!



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