BILL GRANGER EVERY DAY - THE MEALS ON OUR PLATE THIS WEEK..
It was time for a change this week....so I grabbed out "Bill Granger Every Day" for a couple of reasons.
1. I wanted a book that had a wide range of recipes...I had an occasion that I wanted to bake for as well as the usual evening meals.
2. I had never used this book in the 6 or so years Id had it....I had originally bought it because it matched my kitchen and looked great on the recipe book stand. How sad and ridiculous.
Thankfully I can now say....I have used it...loved what we tried....and will no doubt use it again in the future.
So...the book is pretty cool in its layout...
It is divided into 7 days of recipes....each chapter representing a different theme.. and having a recipe for three meals of the day...
Mondays are energising breakfasts, glam salads...spa food.
Tuesdays are start the day..packed lunches and easy weekday dinners...
Wednesdays are quick breakfasts and after school milk and cookies...and easy dinner
Thursday..breakfast on the run...kids meals and friends for dinner..
and so on...
This book covers recipes from breakfast to dinner and everything in between...and Bill also shares some of his life and story as well which I enjoyed reading.
So what was on our plate this week...
Chorizo, Potato and red pepper Frittata -
Minus the red pepper and with carrot added instead.
The chorizo in this added a delicious flavour....but in all honesty I think I enjoyed the Jamie Oliver one I made last week more. Maybe a little more cheese in this one would have improved it...and I'm guessing by leaving out the pepper I also left out a big hitting ingredient... it was still enjoyable though...and we ate it served with a rocket and garlic olive oil dressing.
Caramel Salmon - I must say I was petrified giving this a go....I LOVE Atlantic Salmon and we rarely eat it...so the thought of ruining a piece if I didn't like this was a worry... of course there was no need to worry....this was delicious. It does call for 1/2 cup of brown sugar...but I used only a little...I also halved the other sauce components (soy and fish sauce) because of my sensitivities...it meant our sauce wasn't so generous...but the flavor was there...and it was instantly added to the 'make again' list.
Fragrant Chicken and Spinach curry - Oh this was awesome. I served it over brown rice...and the best part was the only ingredient I needed to buy was the chicken...everything else was already on hand in my kitchen. It was the perfect take to work dinner...filling...tasty...easily reheated..winner winner.
Crisp Whiting - I didn't make the salad that was part of this recipe....we just served it with good old mash and vegies. The fish was fresh from Ians Dad...and the batter recipe was simple. We had fish on our plate in the time it took to cook the mashed potato.
I also whipped up these... Berry Yoghurt Muffins
I wanted a warm afternoon tea to serve for a guest...and I had both berries and yoghurt in the fridge that Briony had left behind....so these were perfect. I love a "use up" recipe. I still have some of these in the freezer..so I must make sure I get them out and serve them up this week...it would be a shame to waste them. (I am bummed I cant eat them...even cooked yoghurt doesn't agree with me...and berries aren't my friend either.)
I would love to know if anyone is checking out their cookbooks more closely lately...is there a particular book you are loving? I am really keen to hear. If you have blogged any recipe book related posts I would love to link them in too.
Its been a wonderful self motivated project for me....I am enjoying using my books and planning our meals more closely... we have been eating well...wasting far less...and saving on our grocery bill.
Thanks so much to all those who have commented and emailed....I really love to hear your thoughts.