Welcome to the Cookery Calendar Challenge for July.
If you would like to take part, have a quick look at the Cookery Calendar Challenge page, which gives you all the information you need.
My chosen book for June was 'In My Kitchen' by Annie Bell. I felt in safe hands using this book; Annie Bell is a pro. The book is organised in chapters such as 'Grazing', 'Weekday Suppers', 'Sunday Lunch', 'The Main Event' (Christmas and Easter) which is easy to use. The recipes are introduced in easy going, unaffected prose which meets with my approval, and I am sure I am not alone in enjoying a recipe book which includes a chapter on Christmas (I love reading about Christmas out-of-season).
My first dish was a simple Chicken and Red Pepper Roast. Not a startlingly original recipe, but on busy week nights, this is just the sort of dish I enjoy making.
Red peppers and onions are roasted along with garlic, fresh thyme and seasoning. The chicken breasts are fried off in olive oil until golden, then added to the veg and roasted again until done. Simple, delicious, and a good family dinner when served with crusty bread and butter.
Being vegetarian, I removed some of the roasted veg prior to adding the chicken breasts, and finished cooking them in a separate oven tray. An easy dinner for me.
My second dish was Stuffed Tomatoes Campagnardes. I can hear the collective groan in blogland; surely life is too short to stuff a tomato (to paraphrase Shirley Conran), but really this is a very simple recipe. Beefsteak tomatoes are scooped out and stuffed with sausagemeat, shallots, breadcrumbs, seasoning, plus the scooped out insides of the tomatoes.
They are fried off, filling side down, until the suasagemeat top is brown, after which they are flipped right side up and cooked over a low heat until fully cooked through. These are very savoury, and look colourful on the plate. They can be used as an accompaniment, or served alone as a simple supper. They can be served hot, warm or cold, so would be good picnic fodder too.
The family enjoyed these recipes, and I will use both again.
My chosen book for July is 'A Year at Avoca'. I picked up my copy in a charity shop a year or two ago, and have looked through it several times, but have never got round to cooking from it, so am looking forward to remedying that.
Many 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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