All posts tagged: cookbook

Cooking With Cheese Cookbook

Last weekend I fuelled my cheese obsession even further with a new cookbook – ‘Cooking With Cheese,’ published by Ryland Peters and Small. It’s just cheesy heaven, with over 80 recipes, and it’s beautifully put together. When looking at what to cook for this post, I eventually decided on Creamy Orzo Pasta Bake, with Comté Cheese and Courgette and it was DELICIOUS (even if it had about a 1,000 calories in it – it was totally worth it!) And it’s actually incredibly easy to do. Ingredients 250g orzo 400ml crème fraiche 1 courgette, roughly grated A large handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves Grated zest of half a lemon 50g grated hard cheese – I used 18 month Comté Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions, drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl. Pour in the crème fraiche and add the courgette, parsley and lemon zest. Mix well until thoroughly combined. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and sprinkle over the cheese.  Bake …

A Bowl of Olives – Book Review

Every now and then, you come across a book that really makes you smile. Sara Midda’s ‘A Bowl of Olives’ does just that. Midda is an artist who lives in West Sussex (having previously lived in the south of France) and this book is bursting with her beautiful watercolour illustrations A Bowl of Olives is fairly compact – you might even say handbag sized – perfect for pulling out for a quick read on the bus or the train for a boost of inspiration. It’s also a very different kind of cookbook – this isn’t a traditional book of recipes. It’s more of an exploration of Midda’s food memories, broken down into the following chapters: To Market, Packaging, Eggs, At The Table, Eating Outdoors, Salads, Food Through The Year, Food Memories, Olives, Fruit, Vegetables, Seasonings and Food Wishes. Starting off with ‘The Market’, Midda gives us snippets of markets she’s visited around the world, with photos and illustrations. My favourite is from Okinawa, Japan: “We ate in the market, surrounded by barrels of pigs’ trotters, …

Violet Bakery – Cookbook Giveaway!

I was introduced to Claire Ptak’s Violet Bakery through a friend and visited it last the weekend – you can read all about it here. Here’s where it gets even better – I have a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook to give away (if you can pry it out of my fingers – it’s so beautiful!!) To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share the post on the FB page. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. I’ll pull all of the entries together across both channels and will pick someone at random. Competition ends a week from now, on Monday 27th April at 6pm GMT. UK residents only. To whet your appetite, here’s a Wild Blackberry Crumble Tart from the cookbook that I made recently (except with raspberries and blueberries): I was provided with the Violet Cakes Cookbook by Square Peg for competition purposes. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own.