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

LIBRARYCOOK – APRIL EDITION

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

Librarycook Goes Spanish!

  .. 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!

LIBRARYCOOK is warming your Autumn with yum!

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!

LIBRARYCOOK – the sour note edition

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