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Pear Cake from The Meat Free Monday Cookbook

26 Feb

Today, I cooked the ‘Pear Cake’ from ‘The Meat Free Monday Cookbook’. It was moist and tasty, even though I used fewer pears than it suggested.

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Through halted trips to the meat market (both children had chicken-pox and when I eventually went, the market was closed!) and a general effort to save money, we actually managed 6/7 meat-free days last week ( with sausages and mash for the other 1). This is the first recipe I’ve tried from the Meat Free book, although all of the others look delicious too.

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Over the last week, I have cooked;
Tomato soup and grilled cheese hearts from Motherhood on the Rocks
White bean and kale stew from Whole Living
Cheese quesadillas (made by my husband)
Moroccan shepherd’s pie from Jessica Cox
Vegetable lasagne – I blogged about this HERE
Red lentil and sweet potato stew also from Whole Living

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Book Review: The Flavour Thesaurus – Niki Segnit

28 Dec

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I have had this book on my wishlist for more than a year, but this year my husband bought it for me as a Christmas present. The book is loosely based around the notion of a foodie version of a colour wheel, with different foods fitting into different ‘flavour groups’. The Flavour Thesaurus was the winner of  the André Simon Prize and Guild of Food Writers Best First Book and has received rave reviews from the likes of John Torode and Atul Kochhar (who, and this is of no relevance whatsoever, was spotted by my parents in an airport..)

What I really liked about this book was the back-stories of the food pairings – the little cultural/historical tales of how these foods came to be paired together or where they originate. This isn’t designed to be a cookbook, or a book which teaches you to cook. Instead it aims to suggest effective food pairings to give you the confidence to go ahead and create! I  love how the book looks – the colours on the cover are beautiful and the pink page edges are a welcome change from the usual white or worse, beige! There are also recipes scattered throughout the book. I think I will be trying out the Fitzrovia baked chicken and Pear and cinnamon sweet couscous as soon as I can.

The book is available on Amazon here, currently at £11.01 delivered!