It was the toffee apple cake (with sticky maple caramel) on the cover of the May issue of Delicious that caught the librarycook's eye. With such a cover, what delights would lurk within? And she was right - so many tempting recipes, it was hard to choose. Bitter chocolate and orange Viennese whirls? Roasted eggplant … Continue reading May be a record-breaker
The librarycook really struggled to find something to make from April’s Delicious magazine. She tried the pasta with sausage and cauliflower. The chocolate & pretzel biscuits. Both were fine. Acceptable. Just not great. Half-heartedly leafing through once more, the Pumpkin with Blue Cheese & Pickled Walnut caught her eye. It was pretty. Autumnal. Blue cheese … Continue reading The librarycook almost gives up
Here it is almost March, thought the librarycook, and the librarycook is yet to buckle down to the routine of work and all that entails, which, it seems to the librarycook, is chiefly a reduction in time allocated to reading. To ease back in, what could be finer than the double delight of Double-Saucing … Continue reading The librarycook : Time Marches On
In theory, the recipe chosen by the librarycook for the November blogpost was the best and most reader-friendly yet. About 20 minutes of anything resembling work, and days of reading time while the dough proved. And yet. The dough was made on a Wednesday afternoon, and used on a Friday evening, thereby providing a good … Continue reading The librarycook kneads some dough
On top of being a bibiliophile, the librarycook also nurses a not-so-secret passion for all foods Yotam. Ottolenghi, that is. First nurtured by his regular column in The Guardian*, then fired up by his charming television series Mediterranean on a Plate, and his delightful podcast Simple Pleasures**, the librarycook was beyond thrilled to see that … Continue reading The librarycook’s (October) diary
August seemed determined to masquerade as Spring, with warm sunny days arriving one after the other. But finally a properly wintery Sunday, and a chance to cook (and eat) something really slow-cooked. To the librarycook, of course, slow-cooked also means lots of reading time, so the recipe for Parmesan Veal Ragu from in the August … Continue reading The librarycook hangs on to winter. Just.
The July issue of Delicious was filled with tempting dishes to warm the cockles of the soul and banish the discontent of winter. Slow cooked this, hearty that, pulses and legumes, nourishing soups. And the librarycook did try. The Three Cheese Lasagne was OK, but its attempt to replace Bechamel sauce with three different cheeses … Continue reading The librarycook sells out
June's issue of Delicious offered the librarycook an embarrassment of choice. Recipe after recipe was photocopied, drooled over, and then, crucially, assessed for its CRR (Cooking to Reading Ratio). Those apparently time-saving, cook-in-one-pan recipes? Careful scrutiny revealed the librarycook might squeeze in a page. Two at the most. Not them, then. The librarycook's eye fell on recipe … Continue reading A Sticky Problem
Sometimes, the librarycook isn’t looking for a challenge. An old book, re-read many times, might be better suited than something new and demanding. And so it is with cooking. Sometimes, all the librarycook wants is something warm and comforting, with no hard-to-source ingredients, difficult techniques, or lengthy preparation that eats into reading time. So the … Continue reading LIBRARYCOOK – APRIL EDITION
.. If Spaniards eat pasta... Sunday evenings at Casa Librarycook are relaxed. With the working week ahead, the librarycook is keen to fit in as many reading hours as possible, so long, complicated recipes are not in the picture. The March issue of Delicious had a whole section on fast pasta that could have … Continue reading Librarycook Goes Spanish!