So a month ago I set myself a cookbook challenge, to start to use, and not just read, my vast collection of cookbooks. I also promised a future linky and here it is.
I would love if any of you reading would join in and share what you cook.
I blogged the two dishes, including photos of the recipes, I intended to cook here and this is how it went.
Domini Kemps Chicken Apple and Flageolet Bean Casserole from ‘Dinner’
I have to fess up and admit that I couldn’t find Flageolet Beans anywhere a so I used tinned black eye beans ( because I had them in the pantry) instead. I think butter beans or cannellini would work a bit better as they would be more substantial.
I also used Mediterranean flavoured sausages which would have changed the end flavour somewhat.
I LOVED this dish, it was so flavoursome, the sauce was plate lickingly good and both the chicken and sausages were delicious. I couldn’t recommend this dish highly enough and it would be a great one if you are having guests for a casual dinner party as it is a one pot wonder. It is equally suitable for children as the apple gives a lovely sweetness to the dish. There are so many dishes in this book that I want to try. It certainly won’t be left languishing on the bookshelves.
my picture is brutal as I took it in the evening and the light was terrible but here it is.
Neven Maguires Chicken, Rocket and Pine Nut Pasta from ‘Neven Cooks 2’
I cooked this as a family dish. The recipe suggests chilli oil drizzled on the finished dish but I did this only for the grown ups. This dish would be great with left over roast chicken also.
This was another big hit, clean plates all round from children and adults. I didn’t add the rocket or chilli oil to the children’s but it really lifted the dish from a tasty pasta dish to something more suitable to grown ups. I know that this will feature a lot on our menus.
So for next months challenge I am using two new cookbooks.
Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food
And I’m cooking this recipe Bloody Mary Beef
Delia’s Vegetarian Collection
And I’m cooking Cheese and Herb Fritters
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