*It's the Italian issue, so the librarycook is living la dolce vita this month. Che bello! thought the librarycook, when the August issue of Delicious arrived. The librarycook doesn't do coffee, but even so the cover picture of the "ultimate espresso martini tiramisu" had her drooling. Rifling through the issue, recipe after recipe caught her … Continue reading cuoca di biblioteca*
Brrrr, thought the librarycook. Time for some comfort food - what did the June Delicious issue have to offer? The cover recipe looked pretty good - Thai Curry Chicken Soup, but then so did the Apulian-style Baked Rice with Potatoes and Mussels. And the Crispy Roasted Pork Belly. What about the Hearty White Bean Stew? … Continue reading Baby, it’s cold outside
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
With spring almost with us, the librarycook had a revelation, and a dilemma. Recipes for warmer weather don’t usually meet the librarycook’s requirement for reading time. Despondently, the librarycook rifled through the pages of the September Delicious magazine, becoming ever more despairing. Almost all the recipes required constant attention – attention that should more reasonably … Continue reading The librarycook springs into action
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!