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.
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.
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….
Which 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