“Hairy Dieters Fast Food” – Fish Curry

  I love the cookbooks by the Hairy Bikers and I really have found that their Hairy Dieter series are a must have on the kitchen cookbook bookcase. I have all four of the books and I can honestly say that every single thing that I have tried cooking from those books tastes amazing and…

Cooking Carbonara – ‘Home Cooking with Ferran Adria’

  This week I have been exploring the pages of my latest find, the excellent cook book “The Family Meal” by Ferran Adria of El Bulli Fame. The basic premise of the book is all about the meals that they cooked at El Bulli in between service for the staff to eat. This is known as…

Ainsley Harriotts’ Gourmet Express – Some old skool cooking

Gourmet Express by Ainsley Harriott was one of the first cook books that I bought, and that I actually used, to cook food at home when I was entertaining. I dusted it off a couple of weeks ago and found inside some forgotten memories of meals that I had cooked for my flatmates when I…

Persiana – Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond – does Broad Beans

“Persiana” by Sabrina Ghayour is a most beautiful cookbook full of amazing recipes and fantastically mouth watering photographs of food. It’s subtitle is “Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond”. The Author ‘Sabrina’; ‘Private Chef, Supper Club Host, Cookery Teacher & Writer’ tells us that “Food is a staple of life and every day should be…

The Big Soup – Hairy Dieters ‘Eat for Life’

Hairy Dieters Eat for Life Book by Si King and Dave Myers is the second one of their weight control series. Self designated on the cover as “The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good!” you would be forgiven for thinking it is just another…

Potstickers from Heaven via Ken Hom on Saturday Kitchen

I love a good potsticker but I had never tried to cook them myself so this week when the desire to consume a large plateful became all too much I just had to make the effort to produce a panful. So where did the inspiration come from? It came from two places first from the…

The ‘Gumbo Shop’ Gumbo – New Orleans inspired fare

This weekend we made Chicken Andouille Gumbo inspired from a trip to New Orleans. The recipe is based on one from the “The Gumbo Shop“, in New Orleans CHICKEN ANDOUILLE GUMBO – 8.50 “Boneless chicken, Andouille (a Cajun Sausage), okra and seasonings simmered in chicken stock – Selected by locals as the best Gumbo in the…