Monday, 12 December 2011

Recipe Book Review: The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando

The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando

Price: rrp £11.99 available at £8.39 on Amazon 

Available from: Bookshops or Amazon 

Initial Reaction: The Cookiepedia is very stylish. The cover and pages have a heavy, matt feel, with a large ring binder which means it stays open with ease as you bake. The primary colour scheme and silhouette illustrations have a vintage feel without being twee or flowery; it’s a fresh, modern look that’s a world away from baking classics such as Mary Berry and Delia. Each section features a spread of photos at the start so it’s easy to browse and choose something to make.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Recipe Book Review: Hungry?

Hungry? The innocent recipe book for filling your family with good stuff 

Price: £20, or £9.20 on Amazon 
Available from: Bookshops, real and online 

Initial Reaction: Wow. Hungry? is a gorgeous and very stylish book. If you know innocent smoothies then you’ll be familiar with their quirky sense of humour and great design, and the book really builds on that distinctive feel. It’s a visual feast – which is odd considering that it isn’t dominated by images of the actual food, but the illustrations, bold design and ‘real’ photography are a delight.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Homemade Christmas: Tomato and Chilli Chutney

§  1 kg ripe tomatoes, quartered
§  2-3 chillies, roughly chopped
§  5 cloves garlic, sliced
§  1 onion, cut into wedges
§  3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
§  100g brown sugar
§  Olive oil


1.   Preheat oven to 200c
2.   Put the tomatoes, chilli, garlic, onion, vinegar and sugar into a large, shallow roasting dish.  Pour on a large glug of olive oil and mix everything together with your hands.
3.   Roast in the oven for around an hour until everything is soft and the onions have caramelised.
4.   Allow to cool a little and transfer to sterilised storage jars.

By Emma