Day 368 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

chips

Excuse the rubbish photo but I was just about to tuck in!  I bought a sweet potato ages ago meaning to try them out.  Supposedly better for you than your bog-standard spud I thought I’d give it a go.  But I’ve been putting it off and then obviously Christmas got in the way where barely a vegetable was eaten.  However, will all the excesses out of the way we’ve started to have proper meals again and I came across some instructions for Sweet Potato Wedges on Pinterest.  As we were having gammon steaks for dinner I decided to give them a go.  Mark would usually have oven chips with his whereas I’d just have veg.

So, the verdict……. they were ok.  They could have done with being a bit crispier but Mark wolfed them down.  The taste was fine but the texture was a bit odd.  So I’m not sure whether they should be cooked longer or hotter or what, but they definitely need tweeking.   Might try them again in smaller pieces to see if that helps at all.

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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 http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com