We’ve been cooking again, really cooking. It has been glorious. Finally trying new things, creating delicious dinners, odd but tasty leftovers and everything in between. Partly this is because we’re trying to be a little more frugal so cooking at home is the way forward. Partly this is also because for my birthday this year I received three wonderful cookbooks. I love cookbooks and often flick through them for inspiration but I recently realized that I was getting into the habit of falling back to cook what I knew, rather than trying new things. So new recipes from new cookbooks it is.
The Jewelled Kitchen by Bethany Kehdy This is a beautifully written book with fabulous images to accompany the recipes. Recipes from across the middle east which I really like and inspiring flavours and colours.
The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage This is almost as much a reference book as a recipe book. Full of a huge number of recipes, some variations on a theme but all simple, straightforward and most importantly delicious. I made a lamb and aubergine stack last weekend which was yummy.
Ottolenghi by Yohan Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi I’m sure everyone has already heard about this but this cookbook is a delight. Full of great flavour combinations in the recipes, straightforward, good instructions and beautiful mouthwatering illustrations.
So on Monday I managed to tick off number 3 from my list. Which made me very happy! It also made J quite happy and our friend A who was joining us for a Bank Holiday lunch.
I got the recipe from Larousse, amazingly enough the only cook book I had with the recipe and off I went… Below the little beasts before they were turned out on to the plate.
The yumminess in its glory. Sorry I am bragging but I was amazed they worked and looked like they should, plus they tasted pretty good too… Hopefully you can see the vanilla throughout the caramel and custard (I only put it in the custard but somehow it ended up in the caramel too).
Aren’t long weekends just lovely? Although a shame the weather is misbehaving and being grey and rainy instead of blue and sunny. So to make up for that I thought I’d share some pics I took 3 years ago when I was home for Easter. And no we don’t have roosters in our backgarden, I saw these on a walk, although it would be fun to have roosters!
New Rhubarb shoots, rhubarb is one of my favourite fruits ever. I just love, love, love it.
I am not a big make-up girl, in fact I hate having foundation on as I feel like my skin can’t breathe. But there are a few items I can’t do without and mascara is one of them. Without it I feel bare and horrid. My most recent one is Max Factor’s Masterpiece mascara. I don’t often get caught by marketing but there’s so much choice out there I couldn’t decide and having recently seen their advert I bought it. And I’m impressed, for a mascara it has both a good lengthening and volumising effect. So it comes with me where needed, for opening up my little eyes and making my eyelashes ready to flutter.
This bad boy covers even the darkest circles which loom under my eyes, perks them up, makes me look human and if I wear no other make up I wear this.
I’ve never tried Touche Eclat, I probably should (opinions on this would be welcomed) but for now this little pot does me just fine.