Review: Fruit, Recipes That Celebrate Nature – Bernadette Worndl

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Fruit
Recipes that Celebrate Nature
Bernadette Worndl
Smith Street Books
Simon & Schuster Australia
ISBN: 9781925418446
RRP $55

Description:
We often associate fruit in recipes with jams, cakes and puddings – but fruit can be an incredible complement to savoury dishes too. Adding blackberries to a duck breast and chard recipe or caramelised pears to a pork and sage recipe can create an amazing dish. This book shows you how to make the most of out the fruit that’s in season – whether the dishes are sweet or savoury.

The seasonal arrangement of the recipes and the use of a wide array of fruit varieties, supplemented by citrus and dried fruits, make this book a kitchen staple that promises to be used again and again. The more than 70 recipes in the book include Roast pork with apples, Tagliatelle with mushrooms and blackberries and Chicken with balsamic cherries and cauliflower cream.

 

My View:
What a delectable book! I confess that I cannot wait for the summer fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots etc.) to be ready to be enjoyed. When fruit, any fruit, is in season, I find as many ways to use as possible. I preserve – make jams, marmalades, chutneys. I freeze, bottle, dry. I stew, make fruit salad, fruit “ice cream”, bake in tarts, pies, muffins… add fruit to salads, eat as is. Rarely have I thought to add fruit to savoury meals, except for the traditional cooked apple with roast pork, Bernadette Worndl celebrates the joy of fruit in ways I had not thought but cannot wait to try.

Pick up a copy of this book and you will be delighted with the range of traditional and creative recipe inside the cover. And now is the perfect time to think about creating that perfect homemade gift for the coming festive season; who doesn’t like to receive a gift made with care and love? A homemade cake, tart, jam or preserve or even something to sip on those hot summer nights; Blueberry liquor sounds just what I might need.

Fruit, Recipes that Celebrate Nature is a perfect gift for the home cook or your own kitchen library.

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Post Script: Real Food Projects – Kate Walsh

I think this cookbook was written just for me!

Real Food Projects

Real Food Projects

30 Skills. 46 Recipes

Kate Walsh

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743364215

Description:

From churning your own butter and baking no-knead bread to making your own sausages for the barbecue, here are all the skills you need to break up with your supermarket and eat real food!

 

Real Food Projects is your handbook to 30 essential cooking skills that will connect you with your food again. Even if you’re a kitchen rookie, you’ll soon be churning your own butter and slathering it on your own no-knead bread, barbecuing your own homemade sausages or using the season’s freshest fruits to make your own cordials.

 

Step-by-step instructions and photographs guide you from start to finish. For too long we’ve been sold the idea that making our own food is difficult, time-consuming and not worth the effort. But self-taught cook and sustainable food advocate Kate Walsh knows that learning how to cook a few kitchen staples from scratch, using fresh local and seasonal produce, is the best way to improve your health and that of our food system. Better yet, it tastes delicious!

 

Get involved and get stuck into some real food projects today.

 

 

My View:

I think this cookbook was written just for me! There are so many projects listed here that I am already experimenting with in my own kitchen and more I want to try.

 

This is another winner in the real food movement, a book I am proud to have in my kitchen library.

I think the big tick items of this book are as follows:

√ Step by step instructions and photographs are included for all 30 projects.

√ Promotes start from scratch and waste less cooking.

√Promotes the use of fresh local seasonal ingredients.

√ Granolas, butter, cheeses, no knead bread, fruity cordials, sausages, kombucha, kefir, passata, jam, chutneys, yoghurt, nut butter…the list goes on.

√ Helps you rediscover the pleasure of cooking, eating and sharing homemade food.

√ Promotes “number free” cooking – the best way to ensure you know what goes into your food is to make that food yourself.

√ The projects in this book are designed for the home cook and the home kitchen so if you have a wooden spoon and a few bowls, you will be well on your way to making most recipes in this book.