The librarycook almost gives up

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

The librarycook kneads some dough

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

The librarycook’s (October) diary

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

The librarycook hangs on to winter. Just.

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 librarycook sells out

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

A Sticky Problem

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

The librarycook MAY have a 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