… from Marie Claire ‘Fresh’!
This book is really well set out with a chapter dedicated to each season, so naturally I only went through the current Autumn section when choosing the recipe I would make. But I couldn’t decide on just one recipe to make, so I went with two. We had a nice vegetarian stew for dinner and followed it with a rich chocolate mousse, that was slightly alcoholic. The recipes in this book are quite easy to make, but some of them do include expensive or hard to source ingredients. The photography throughout the book is stunning, unlike my half assed attempts below. Ah well, sometimes you’re just too hungry to take nice photos of your food!
Capsicum & Potato Stew (Serves 4)
Heat 2Tbsp butter, 2 diced red onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves & 1 large pinch of saffron threads together in a large saucepan over a medium heat. When the onion is soft and transparent, add 400g tinned tomatoes, 1tsp brown sugar & 500ml water. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 700g waxy potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces to the tomato mixture along with 1 red capsicum, cut into thick strips & 1tsp thyme leaves, then cover and simmer for a further 35 minutes. Season to taste with sea salt & freshly ground black pepper and serve sprinkled with the 15g coriander leaves & 30g finely chopped chives. Serve over rice.
Jaffa Mousse (Serves 4-6)
Melt 140g bitter chocolate & 2Tbsp grand marnier in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, add 4 egg yolks, stirring each one well before adding the next. Chocolate may stiffen but will become smooth, take off the heat and cool a little. Fold in 4Tbsp cocoa & 2tsp grated orange zest to 3/4C whipped cream and fold this into the chocolate. Set in the fridge for several hours. Peel 4 oranges with a sharp knife and cut them into slices. Put the orange slices in a bowl with 2 tbls of grand marnier. Divide the oranges between four to six dessert plates and top with a large spoonful of the mousse.
The next Cookbook Challenge book is ‘All-Time Favourite Beef Recipes’ by Better Homes & Gardens. Seems as though the LibraryThing widget has gone back to its older book loving phase, which always results in some… interesting… recipes. So keep your eyes peeled for that coming up soon.