Meatless Monday: Deliciously Ella With Friends – Ella Mills (Woodward)

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Deliciously Ella with Friends

Ella Mills (Woodward)

Hachette Australia

Yellow Kite

ISBN: 9781473655263

 

Description:

Healthy recipes to love, share and enjoy together.

The much-anticipated follow-up cookbook from Deliciously Ella, the inspirational bestselling healthy food writer who has taken the cookery world by storm.

In the follow-up to her amazing bestseller DELICIOUSLY ELLA EVERY DAY, Ella makes it easy for you to prepare delicious healthy food for you, your friends and family, whatever the occasion. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together, Ella makes life simple with her menus – whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch or a fancy supper, Ella has it covered with wonderful hearty and filling recipes that celebrate her healthy eating philosophy.

With ideas and inspiration for every foodie occasion, including cosy nights in, easy kitchen suppers, flavoursome feasts, birthday parties, picnics and mocktails and cocktails, this is the go-to book for anyone who lives a healthy lifestyle and loves sharing food with friends and family.

 

My View:

Ella Mills (Woodward) is my go to author for great plant based recipes. I eat a balanced diet, a little bit of everything with a healthy a spin (90% of the time).  🙂  We are omnivores, with vegetarian offspring – so delicious, easy to make, plant based recipes are regularly included in our menu planning.

Ella’s style of cooking busts the myth that vegetarian food is boring and salad based.  Ella’s number one tip for encouraging friends and family to eat healthier is: “FOCUS ON FAMILIAR FOOD. If you’re having a real sceptic for dinner or trying to get an unconvinced family member to try a healthier meal, then always cook something that looks and feels familiar to them. Choose a classic dish with a healthy spin on it. Something like the Indian feast in this book with bowls of coconut rice, chana masala and aloo gobi. This is a perfect meal and your guests are never going to look at this and think ‘What is that, it looks terrifyingly healthy!’ and decide they don’t like it before they try it, plus it is really satisfying and hearty, which means everyone will go home full. So remember to go easy on everyone, don’t leap straight to raw food, or anything too unfamiliar and scary looking.” P. 11  A great tip Ella, and the Indian feast – perfect – this si a meal that can be enjoyed by all my family and friends alike.

 

A great book full of tasty easy to make recipes that will hold a treasured place in my cook book library.

 

Post Script: In The Kitchen – Simmone Logue

In The Kitchen

In the Kitchen

Simmone Logue

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743367254

RRP A$39.99

 

Description:

Legendary caterer and food wholesaler shares her fresh, easy, seasonal recipes that cater for every occasion, from breakfast to dinner, cocktails to picnics.

 

Simmone Logue and her team ice hundreds of cakes, bake tens of thousands of pies and stir more than a thousand casseroles of beef bourguignon each week. But this consummate professional hasn’t lost any of the passion or forgotten any of the secrets that made her a great home cook in the first place.

 

Every recipe in this collection has a special place in Simmone’s heart and marks a milestone on her journey to becoming a legendary baker, caterer and businesswoman.

 

From the early days as the ‘fairy pudding godmother’, who walked her home-made cakes up the road to local cafes, to the thriving businesswoman who now supplies busy people, supermarkets, footy stadiums and airlines from her artisan bakery in Sydney. The kitchen is Simmone’s natural habitat – the heart of her home and her business, the place where she eats, sleeps and breathes her passion for food.

 

 

My View:

This is a cook book that will stand out from the rest on your kitchen library shelf.  It has all my favourites; Bacon and Egg Pie, Spanakopita, Vanilla Slice, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Herby Quinoa and Roasted Veggies….I don’t know where to start, so many tempting dishes here. And then there are the scrumptious images that beckon you to start cooking now!

 

The book is divide into useful chapters: the first is a kitchen “tool box” basic recipes that will be woven into the recipes that follow; sauces, dressings, nam jim, chili jam, Thai dressings, pickles…preserved lemon, labneh…pastries, jam, marmalade…butter cream…this is the perfect resource for all you cooking needs.

 

Then the chapters are dived into:

Breakfast

Picnic lunches

Sunday roast

Fresh and Fragrant

Soups. Pasta, Braises & A Few others

Pies and Pastries

Cocktail & Party food

Sweets, Tarts, Puddings and Kisses

And lastly but not least Cakes.

 

There really is something here for everyone.