I’ve surprised myself with this book.
Firstly it’s written by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, a celebrity chef with silly hair and someone I will always know as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingbollacks thanks to my husband (who means no offence by it).
Secondly it’s a book about veg. 416 pages and not a whisper of any meat or fish and, although I was veggie for a bit as a kid, I have now come to terms with the fact that I LOVE meat and I just couldn’t imagine getting on with this book.
Thirdly it’s inspired me to blog it…
So, despite my initial fears, you might be surprised to know that I think this book is amazing. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently (don’t worry my food loving readers, my idea of a health kick is just to try and get my 5 a day stuffed down my throat) and this book has been a real help.
I’ve cooked a fair few recipes and every single one has been easy, tasty and satisfying. I’d like to say that each one was a meal in itself and that it didn’t need any meat added but I simply couldn’t resist adding chorizo to the chachouka I had this week (a dish of tomato and eggs screams out for chorizo) and it was beautiful.
The book is good for dinner time meals, but I also use it for inspiration for lunches at work. There’s a whole chapter dedicated to salads and they use some amazing flavour combinations – you won’t find any iceberg lettuce here!
Salads of white beans, artichokes & goat’s cheese and mushrooms, roasted squash and Stilton are great for lunches at work. Roast potatoes with aubergine is lovely warm and cold, as is the aubergine parmigiana. Pinto bean chilli is a great vitamin C booster, as is the cauliflower and chickpea curry.
With recipes such as kale and mushroom lasagne, tahini dressed courgette and green bean salad, garlicky flatbreads, upside down onion tart and pasta with fennel, rocket and lemon (which we’re having this week) I know I’ll be using this book a lot for years to come.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to eat a bit healthier, or just interested in trying some new flavour combinations. You can buy it from Amazon – just click here.