When the much anticipated December-January issue of Delicious arrived, the librarycook was faced with a dilemma. The issue positively bulged with scrumptious this and delectable that. But there was a problem. Most of the "Bumper Christmas Issue" recipes were aimed at the Christmas cook. Or, at the very least, at those planning a summer of … Continue reading Gingering up December
The November issue of Delicious arrived with a burst of pink. A huge, hundreds-and-thousands-in-shades-of-pink-and-red decorated cake. A sparkler. Roses. And an invitation to celebrate 18 years of Delicious. The librarycook, however, must have been in a contrary mood. She flicked through the no doubt exquisite cake recipes. Past the almost-too-beautiful-to-eat bowl and salad recipes. Kept … Continue reading November librarycook – pretty in pink?
The October issue of Delicious promised a spring clean - complete with exclamation mark, to highlight, presumably, the "delicious detox" recipes, the 7 ways with avocado, and the super-greens pasta. Putting aside her quite natural revulsion to the term "detox"*, the librarycook opened up the magazine and commenced her perusal. And found an array of … Continue reading Spring has sprung! : the October librarycook
The librarycook has never been a scone maker. Daunted, perhaps, by her Irish grandmother's mastery of the scone - her repertoire featured the plain scone, the date scone, the sultana scone, and the cheesy savoury scone, the librarycook had never ventured into the realm of the scone. But that was all about to change. The … Continue reading librarycook september : scone with the wind?
*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*
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
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.