I think there are going to be a plethora of food posts on this blog. There’s food all around and in my sights most of the time, whether I’m walking down the high street, seeing the ice cream stand on the beach, checking out the local butcher or bakery or supermarket, cooking meals, or feeding the kids a snack (which happens about 50 times a day). I can’t help but be thinking about food most of the time.
We had another delicious supper tonight — roasted lamb chops from the butcher down the street, with pepper, onion, garlic, and new potatoes. We never eat potatoes at home, but they’re grown locally here, and they’re cheap, and they’re easy…..and the kids will eat them. So, I cook them. And they taste pretty good.
That’s olive loaf from the bakery down the street. I’m SO diggin’ this bakery, butcher, and green grocer all within a couple of blocks.
This morning, Brad made a fine English-style breakfast (minus the beans and toast). British bacon is seriously one of the best things in the world. SO good.
So, today I popped into a used bookshop that is just a block and a half away on the high street. I was hoping to find books for the kids, as we are in desperate need of more of those (going to check out the library soon). Alas, there were no books for kids, but a pretty good cookbook selection. I was excited as I’m hoping to collect a few good British cookbooks (with measurements in grams and temps in C so that I can figure out what the heck I’m doing) The other day at a charity shop I picked one up by Nigella Lawson, who is somewhat of a goddess here (kind of like a younger, sexy, hip Martha Stewart), so I wanted to see what she was all about. Well, I am kind of agog over her cookbook (the book is Forever Summer: http://www.nigella.com/books/view/forever-summer-8).
There are several recipes I’m dying to try.
Anyway, the books I found today include one of Jamie Oliver’s (30-minute meals), which I am quite fond of already, and an interesting find: Slow Cooking: Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for only 1.95 GBP. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slow-Cooking-Easy-Cooker-Recipes/dp/0007288239
I use my slow cooker a lot in the states, and have several stand-by meals that I could do without a recipe in front of me, so I thought I might try to find one cheap somewhere. Gotta search the charity shops, and also the boot sales coming up in two weeks! This book has some really intriguing recipes:
Country Chicken with Tarragon and Cream
Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons and couscous
Whole roast Chinese chicken with plums
Bouillabaisse (really looking forward to trying this one!)
Preserved lemon and pine nut quinoa with sun-dried tomato sauce
Sea bass with tamarind and ginger
Coq au vin blanc
Pears poached with Amaretto and vanilla (totally brilliant to poach fruit in the slow cooker!!!)
Slow-poached strawberries with Pimm’s and clotted cream
Blackberry and apple roly-poly
Lime and lemongrass curd (OMG!)
And those are just the ones I have dog-eared so far. I am so excited about this little gem of a cookbook! These Brits definitely have good ideas when it comes to crock-potting!
So, faithful readers, which recipe should I try first after finding a trusty slow cooker?