So after making the commitment to actually USE my cookbooks... I kicked off my first week with a book by Luke and Scott (of MKR fame) called "Clean Living"
Luke and Scott have written a beautiful book with tasty 'Paleo' type recipes... there is no gluten ..dairy or sugar and I thoroughly enjoyed the flavours and ideals behind their cooking.
I must make this clear from the start....I am by no way claiming to be a food critic... and this is not a legitimate food review. What it is.... is just my thoughts...and a little "Note to Self" about what we enjoyed from the book.
Another point I must make VERY clear... is that I learnt very early in the week that I can not take a styled food shot to save my life....and so to give these recipes the visual appeal they deserve I have used snapshots from the book. I wanted to illustrate just how delicious the meals in the book are....and also what quality the food styling is. There photos are all courtesy of the "Clean Living" book.
So what did the week on our plate look like?
Sweet Potato Gnocchi / Pounded Walnut Sauce - I'll begin with the pounded walnut sauce...this was like a rich pesto style sauce with walnut..garlic...basil and rocket..delicious. The sweet potato gnocci I made was disastrous it was rubbery and we didnt like the taste so I discarded it and served the walnut sauce some handmade pasta that I whipped up quickly. (I would love to give the gnocchi another try but instead of using quinoa flour Id use an alternative...)
Sweet potato fries / Lime Aioli - Its impossible not to like sweet potato fries... they are a regular on the menu here long before I bought this book...however I did make and enjoy the Lime Aioli...it had a lovely tang and served with the fries it made then just a bit more special.
Broccolini with Almonds and Fresh Chilli - or my version which was broccolini cooked in chilli infused olive oil with nuts..delicious!!
Surfside Granola with Rasberries - The granola is lovely it reminds me a lot of the IQS granola I have
made often.. its crunchy and tasty ...everything granola should be.
Quinoa and sweetcorn fritters with Avocado and Tomato Salsa - What a fabulous way to use up cooked quinoa. I love a way to use up leftover. Plus... these were whipped up in 15 minutes ..from start to serving them up on my plate...salsa and all.
Freekah, Roast Cauliflower and Pomegranate Salad - I changed this up a lot... I couldn't find the freekah so I substituted for brown rice and I swapped the pomegranate for cranberries because I had them on hand. I did however roast the cauliflower...haha This was right up my alley...I am a sucker for Moroccan spices and for a lunch that can be easily transported to work it ticked all the boxes.
Burgers stacked with Sweet Potato fritters and sauteed Kale - These sweet potato fritters were delicious...and I went on to have these three mornings in a row with kale and a poached egg for my breakfast. These are a definite on my make again list seeing as I try to have a large protein breakfast each day.
Banana and Quinoa Porridge - Love this tasty porridge with a sprinkle of the granola on top.
Week one..was a total success ... my one afternoon of planning.. a trip to the supermarket...an order from our Fruit and Veg delivery and I was set. I didn't specifically set meals for each day I was a little more organic than that... I just fitted the meals in as it suited and made sure we didn't waste any of the leftovers.
So the book?.... its a keeper...it doesn't have a lifetime of recipes...but it has a few brilliant I will likely make again and again.
This week I have chosen an entirely different book...should be fun.