Post Script: Roast; The New Classics – Louise Franc

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Roast

The New Classics

Louise Franc

Simon & Schuster Australia

Smith Street Books

ISBN: 9781925418460

 

Description:

A collection of classic and more innovative roasting recipes–from a simple roast turkey to roasted peaches with creme fraiche. Get more from your oven–and update your roasting techniques–with this classic and contemporary collection of delicious roasting recipes.

 

Chapters cover meat, poultry, vegetables, fish & seafood, sides, and desserts, and contain more than seventy classic and more contemporary recipes including beef cheeks in red wine, classic roast turkey with spicy cranberry sauce, beef pot roast, roasted lamb shanks with cannellini beans, mustard-glazed roast leg of ham, sticky roast pork ribs, roasted ducks with cherries, whole-roasted harissa cauliflower, and slow-roasted peaches with lime mascarpone.

 

My View:

Who said roasts are just for winter? This contemporary cook book has all the classics plus so much more. I can have a different roast meal every day of the week! Brilliant!

 

This is a gorgeously styled and presented book – I love that each recipe is accompanied by a full size image of the completed dish. This is such an important detail when you are cooking with new to you ingredients or when you haven’t tasted or tried the particular dish before – it’s so good to know how it should at least look when cooked.

 

There are so many great recipes here, something for everyone. My favourites are the one pot and the slow cooked meals; they give me more time to read.  Once these types of meals are prepped and in the oven I can let the dishes cook away whilst I take the opportunity to do more important things.

 

Recipes that instantly appealed to me? I can’t wait to try the roasted cauliflower recipe. I keep seeing this dish on trendy restaurant menus. Friends are raving about this dish.  And for something entirely new to me – roasted white chocolate dip with grissini, I will let you know how that turns out.

 

What is your favourite roast?

Rosemary and Thyme Chicken Stew: Fast Your Way To Wellness – Lee Holmes

Fast Your Way To WellnessRecipes and Images from Fast Your Way to Wellness by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books).

Rosemary and Thyme Chicken Stew

“If you’re really pressed for time in the evenings, throw all the ingredients in your slow-cooker in the morning and come home to a scrumptious dinner.” p. 228

 

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Serves 4

267 calories per serve (1118kJ)

 

145 g (5 oz/2 large) carrots, halved lengthways and sliced

4 small red onions (optional), peeled and quartered

2 leeks, white part only, sliced

2 lemons, quartered

2 garlic cloves

370 g (13 oz/about 2) skinless chicken thighs, halved

625 ml (211/2  fl oz/21/2  cups) chicken stock

400 g (14 oz) tinned diced tomatoes

2 bay leaves

a few thyme sprigs

a few rosemary sprigs

drizzle of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar-free wholegrain mustard

Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

Put the carrots, onions (if using), leeks, lemons and garlic in a large roasting tin. Rest the chicken thighs on top of the vegetables, then pour in the stock and tomatoes and top with the herbs. Drizzle in the apple cider vinegar, then bake for 35–40 minutes, until the vegetables and chicken are cooked through.

Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan and keep warm. Discard the bay leaf (and perhaps the lemon quarters if you prefer) and transfer the juices to a saucepan. Bring the juices to the boil, then add the mustard and boil for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables, then serve.

Post Script: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to Cook at Home – Gordon Ramsay

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Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to cook at home

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette Australia

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781473651432

 

Description:

‘If you think you can’t eat as well at home as you do in a restaurant – think again. I’m going to show you how to cook stunning recipes from Bread Street Kitchen at home.’

GORDON RAMSAY

From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, this is a collection of 100 fresh new recipes from Gordon Ramsay and the award-winning team at Bread Street Kitchen. Like the restaurant itself, the book is all about relaxed and sociable eating, using fresh ingredients, simple techniques all delivered with the signature Gordon Ramsay stamp so that you know it’s going to be good.

Recipes include Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter – perfect for a weekend brunch, Sea Trout with Clams or a Crispy Duck Salad for a weekday supper. For a weekend get together, get things off to a good start with a Bread Street Kitchen Rum Punch and Slow Roast Pork Belly with Apple & Cinnamon Sauce, followed by Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Sorbet or a super indulgent Coconut Strawberry Trifle.

 

My View:

I think this is very possibly the best all round cook book of the year! Full of contemporary soon to become classic recipes; easy to make at home, delicious and colourful meal choices.  There is something here for everyone. I particularly likes the sections on breakfasts – Get Going and Brunch – suggestions such as Bircher Muesli, Avocado and Toast, Smoothies, Spicy Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Ricotta Hotcakes…the list goes on. I find that most cook books do not give due consideration to the important meals, breakfast/brunch.  If I am going out for a meal breakfast  (if out early) or brunch  can be a truly remarkable, fresh and enjoyable meal – I look for menus that serve something  little different to just “Eggs All Day.”  Breakfast out can be such a unique experience if one is open to new idea or fresh approaches.  I like to transfer these type of fresh approaches to my home cooking. What meal out do you enjoy the most?

 

This book is more than just breakfast and brunch ideas. I also love the section “Food For Sharing”.  Sharing a meal you have prepared or dishes to share is one of the most heartfelt ways to demonstrate your caring side, to engage your community (family, friends…whoever is special to you). In this section e have Flatbreads, Focaccia, Venison Scotch Eggs, Spiced Prawns, Broad bean, Spinach and Mint Dip And more.

 

The Big Weekend meal plans also get the thumbs up from me – again this new tradition is rapidly becoming a normal part of our contemporary lifestyle – meals to make when you have time to indulge in the slow cooking or when you have time to experiment with ingredients or recipes that are new to you, meals to share.

 

I could go on and on but I won’t. Get the book and start experimenting and sharing. It feels so good to share food you have prepared! This is a five star book that has easily earned a place in my cook book library.