under this roof we simp for meera sodha okay

real fast food, nigel slater (this was the first cookbook i ever obtained aged 18 and i more or less taught myself to cook with it which is HILARIOUS because it is objectively not a student cookbook. nevertheless, i am still very fond of it, and it still conjures up images of a glamorous, slightly old-fashioned world of tiny fancy cheeses, ripe apricots from the greengrocer and stylish solo dinners. in fairness it does also have some very useful and cheap storecupboard meals.)

favourites

  • parsee scrambled eggs, p33
  • baked cod with butter sauce, p55
  • anchovy mayonnaise, p95 (i make this with fishcakes sometimes!)
  • sardine butter, p96 (nice spread on a baked potato or in a baguette sandwich with some bitter leaves)
  • tuna with haricot beans, tomato and chilli, p102 (i more often make a variation of this with olives or spinach instead of tuna, but the original is good too)
  • blue cheese pasta, p113 (super fast and also really nice with bitter leaves)
  • avocado with warm bacon vinaigrette, p128
  • mango, mint and bulghur wheat salad
  • bulghur wheat pilaf with butter and almonds, p195 (i like this with some lemony baked salmon and some salad leaves)
  • welsh rabbit, p271

bookmarked to cook

  • fancy ham sandwiches: with grilled baby leek and parmesan, or with sliced artichokes, or with dandelion leaves, pine nuts and raisins, p6-7
  • stracciatella, p48
  • red mullet with fennel and pernod, p68
  • pasta with grilled tomatoes and onions, p108
  • pappardelle with olive paste and gruyere, p114
  • dolcelatte gnocchi, p115
  • sprouted salad with avocado dressing, p127
  • spring greens and anchovies on garlic toast
  • mushroom rolls, p157 (it's basically a crispy bread roll filled with cream and mushroom, apparently from 1782, and this sounds so freaky i must try it. a lot of my bookmarks from this book are slightly freaky things to make for a solo WFH lunch, but this one especially so)
  • deep-fried pesto and tomato sandwich, p179
  • hot brown lentils with mint vinaigrette, p205
  • grilled chicken livers with mustard and thyme butter, p228
  • five-spiced pork buns, p252
  • purple figs with warm honey, p294

real food, nigel slater

favourites

  • potato and smoked mackerel dauphinoise, p18
  • warm potato, spinach and parmesan salad, p57
  • browned onion and madeira gravy, p117 (works with vegan butter too)
  • spiced indian chicken baguette, p178
  • hot chocolate pudding, p291 (it's gluten free!)

bookmarked to cook

  • mushroom and potato pie, p30
  • toad, p114
  • crisp fish with garlic, chilli and basil, p160
  • prosciutto and fontina pastries, p182
  • peter gordon's muffaletta, p190 (but probably without the pancetta)
  • hot mozzarella focaccia, p191
  • leek and taleggio risotto, p223
  • roquefort and mushroom pancakes, p226
  • pears with florentine cream, p296

how to eat, nigella lawson (another book which pretty inappropriately taught me how to cook, but this time when i lived blissfully alone for a year and could cook all the stupid bullshit i wanted without anyone calling me weird. a really good eating alone book - my partner is more or less vegan so it's a fun novelty to drown everything in butter and cream once in a while!!)

favourites

bookmarked to cook

the cornershop cookbook, caroline craig & sophie missing (i feel like this cookbook doesn't get enough attention; it's bright and fresh and modern, and best of all you can always find the ingredients)

favourites

  • courgette, cannellini and lemon fritters, p46 (nice with minty yoghurt and a green salad; i'm going to see if they're good with vegan cheese too)
  • tinned crab and corn cakes, p47 (REALLY nice with the mango and bulghur wheat salad from real fast food)
  • peanut butter noodles, p63
  • kidney bean curry, p65
  • virtuous vegetable rice bowl, p80
  • aubergine lahmacun, p89 (these took forever when i made them but were worth it, but i think they could be sped up by grilling the aubergine rather than cooking it on the hob, and by using bottled red peppers)
  • frank's tuna melt, p110
  • spicy bean and lime salsa wraps, p120
  • cornershop koshari, p167

bookmarked to cook

  • sardine banh mi, p73
  • yam dumplings with red lentil curry, p76
  • kashke bademyam, p100
  • anchovy, onion and potato gratin, p112
  • lime-marinated cod wraps with red onion and tomato, p115
  • return of the mac, p124 (this contains marmite, laughing cow and an optional sprinkling of ready salted crisps on the top and it sounds SO freaky i have to try it)
  • spicy braised fennel and sausages, p150 (to try with veggie sausages!)
  • spinach and artichoke orzo bake, p152
  • fish finger tacos, p170
  • marshmallow puffed rice and oat cakes with golden syrup, p217

leon lunchbox

favourites

bookmarked to cook

made in india, meera sodha

favourites

  • aubergine and cherry tomato curry, p57
  • chapatti wraps with spicy vegetables, p64 (but i just use wholemeal tortilla wraps instead of chapattis)
  • cauliflower, cashew, pea and coconut curry, p65
  • disha's pav bhaji, p66
  • my partner sometimes makes fresh spinach and paneer, p69, and it's GOOD
  • pudlas, p207
    • i make them with fire-bellied garlic and chilli chutney, p220, which is really quick and tasty but i want to try the garlic pickle too!
  • fennel seed shortbread, p231

bookmarked to cook

  • poppadom chaat, p43
  • spiced potato tikki, p46
  • slow-cooked red pepper and paneer curry, p76
  • coriander chutney chicken, p99
  • mum's chicken curry, p100
  • quick peshwari roti, p204
  • fig firni, p226

much more veg, hugh fearnley-whittingstall

favourites

  • miso-dressed cabbage, p270 (i serve this with lots of things: peanut butter noodles, teriyaki mackerel, braised gochujang tofu, baked aubergines, and the odd katsu curry)

bookmarked to cook

  • roast fennel, new potato and tomato stew, p16
  • celery, potato, barley and bean stew, p43
  • spicy squash and bean mole, p84
  • sweet potato, pineapple and red pepper pot, p97
  • kohlrabi, cucumber and sprouted beans, p159
  • cauliflower, apple, almond and date salad, p160
  • soupe au pistou, p195
  • chilled cucumber and melon soup, p226
  • fennel, melon and basil, p249
  • overnight orange, almond and cardamom smoothie, p288
  • overnight banana, almond and cacao thickie, p290
  • cucumber with caramelised cashews, p342

river cottage veg every day, hugh fearnley-whittingstall

favourites

  • north african squash and chickpea stew, p30
  • baba ghanoush, p303
  • patatas bravas, p322

bookmarked to cook

  • aubergine parmigiana, p18
  • squash and fennel lasagne, p33
  • courgette and filo rice pie, p51
  • spelt salad with squash and fennel, p72
  • tahini-dressed courgette and green salad, p74
  • new potato, tomato and boiled egg salad, p76
  • couscous salad with herbs and walnuts, p89
  • shaved summer veg, p100
  • avocado and ruby grapefruit with chilli, p122
  • pizza with new potatoes, rosemary and blue cheese, p182
  • leek and cheese toastie, p202
  • upside-down onion tart, p218
  • pasta with rocket, fennel and lemon, p262
  • tomato and mozzarella risotto, p272
  • cambodian wedding day dip, p299
  • caponata, p307
  • vegetable tempura with chilli dipping sauce, p308
  • cauliflower pakoras with tamarind raita, p318
  • charred baby leeks with romesco, p336
  • leeks with coconut milk, p378
  • celery gratin, p380

fresh india, meera sodha

favourites

bookmarked to cook

rebel recipes, niki webster

favourites

  • miso and maple-glazed aubergine, p95 (i don't bother with the green beans or coconut rice, but i do like it with thin strips of cucumber and spring onion dressed with sesame oil and lemon)

bookmarked to cook

  • peanut, sweet potato and veg curry, p74
  • spicy ethiopian lentils, p88
  • roast aubergine sabih, p96
  • kimchi tofu gyozas, p102
  • hoisin mushroom momos, p107
  • baked mushrooms with cashew cheese, p108
  • roast cauliflower carbonara, p133
  • ginger and chestnut cake with peanut butter frosting, p209
  • salted date and salted caramel pecan buns, p210

east, meera sodha

favourites

  • celery and peanut wontons with chilli soy sauce, p27
    • i've started using the chilli soy sauce for other things and it's much faster to make in the microwave by heating all the ingredients together for ~30 secs!
  • peanut butter and purple sprouting broccoli pad thai, p79
  • udon noodles with red cabbage and cauliflower, p89
  • mushroom mapo tofu, p171
    • this actually might be my favourite of all the favourites. good for a weeknight but special enough to make for friends!
  • honey, soy and ginger braised tofu, p175
  • chilli tofu, p177
  • mashed potato paratha with a quick lemon pickle, p187
  • salted miso brownies, p276

bookmarked to cook

  • full disclosure that at the start of this year, in full lockdown and losing my mind, i was like I'M GOING TO COOK EVERY SINGLE RECIPE FROM EAST THIS YEAR JUST TO FEEL SOMETHING, so like in theory all of them, but more realistically:
  • mushroom bao, p20
  • thai salad with grapefruit and cashews, p44
  • burmese mango salad with peanut and lime, p55
  • tomato, pistachio and saffron tart, p194
  • sweetheart cabbage okonomiyaki, p201
  • bombay rolls, p203
  • black dal, p215
  • blackened sweetcorn with miso butter, p247
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