Welcome to the Cookery Calendar Challenge for March. For the Cookery Calendar Challenge page click here; and to read all previous Cookery Calendar Challenge posts, click on the Cookery Calendar Challenge category in the sidebar.
My recipe book of choice for February was 'A Love for Food: Recipes and Notes for Eating well from Daylesford' . This book felt like a 'single source' cookery book, if I can put it that way. It explained the vision of the Daylesford founders to run an organic farm, and café, and the recipes within are wholesome, varied and genuine. I really enjoyed handling, reading, and using this book, and I think it will become a favourite. Although I had previously glanced through it admiringly, I hadn't cooked from it. The Cookery Calendar Challenge encouraged me to read it in a systematic manner, and I am happy about that.
The two recipes I chose from the book were 'Corned Beef Hash' and 'Chicken and Apricot Curry'
The corned beef hash was an unexpected favourite with the family (being vegetarian, I didn't eat it, though I did taste some of the crispy potato, which was delicious). The recipe suggests home made corned brisket, instructions for which are elsewhere in the book, but I took the lazy cook's shortcut and used good quality tinned corned beef.
Having committed to following the recipes for the Cookery Calendar Challenge to the letter, I must here confess my sins, as I slightly altered the recipe from individual patty cakes, to one large patty, frittata style, with crushed potatoes, not mashed as the recipe states. I cooked it first on the hob, then browned under the grill. I scribbled a note in the recipe book to remind myself of these changes next time I make it. (Do you scribble in your recipe books too?) The corned beef hash was served with a fried egg on top. Jacob couldn't believe his luck; I always reject his requests for fried eggs on every other occasion. This was a very tasty, savoury, family style dinner.
My second choice was Chicken and Apricot curry. This was a very easy dish, and tasted delicious; another recipe I will add to my repertoire. As I am now cooking a greater variety of family meals, I have refreshed my spices cupboard, and am enjoying the colours and aromas of different spices as I cook.
My book choice for March is 'Simply Nigella'. This was a Christmas gift from Jacob, and I have been looking forward to cooking from it.
Thanks to those who joined the link up last month, I hope you enjoyed it and will continue the challenge with me. If you haven't joined before, and would like to, here's how to take part.
How it works:
The challenge is simple: the first week of every month, select a cookery book from your shelf and cook two new recipes from it. The recipes can be for any meal. Cakes and bakes are excluded, but puddings are included. At the beginning of the following month, blog about the recipes you have used, and announce your chosen cookery book for the month ahead. This is an ongoing project, it's never too late to get involved, and everyone is very welcome.
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