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
May, and the May issue of Delicious, brought the librarycook a dilemma. The weather was still unseasonably warm. Two recipes appealed almost equally. So, would it be the still quite summery Chicken and Lemon Tagine with Pomegranate Couscous, or the more wintery Cauli Cheese Pasta Bake with Crispy Sage? Luckily, May came to the rescue, … Continue reading The librarycook MAY have a 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!
An Appethaising Librarycook Session The February issue of Delicious was packed with tempting ideas, but the librarycook was drawn to something enthaicing – Coconut and Chilli Poached Chicken with Mixed Rice. Chicken poached in coconut milk, with ginger, lime, fish sauce, coriander, lemongrass, and that final very Thai touch, maple syrup. Which in the thesaurus … Continue reading LIBRARYCOOK is warming your Autumn with yum!
A culinary tragedy that should never have been published! It’s hard to believe, but even the librarycook doesn’t have a 100% success rate choosing the right recipe. Such was the case with the December/January edition of Delicious, which included an abomination of a recipe called Sesame Butter Radishes with Lemon. Touted as a way to … Continue reading LIBRARYCOOK – the sour note edition
Like all of us, even the librarycook can get struck in a rut. So the October issue of Delicious was perfect – featuring poke bowls, super foods, clean eating, and all those other icons of contemporary cuisine. But what to cook? Would it be the loaded sweet potato with broad beans and chilli? The ochazuke … Continue reading librarycook goes #hipster
Will this winter never end, thought the librarycook? Or will the arctic conditions last until Christmas? As usual, the librarycook’s thoughts turned rapidly to food, and the September issue of Delicious didn’t let her down. Lamb, carrot and harissa pies struck just the right note – warm, comforting, slightly spicy – future versions may up … Continue reading librarycook + lamb pie = scrumptious