Monthly Loves

Hi! I thought I would try a new feature. I’ve been thinking it would be kind of cool to do a monthly blog post where I tell you about:

cookery book recipes I’ve made and loved

Blogs I’m loving right now

Books I’m reading

Stuff I’ve discovered online

Basically if I love it, I tell you about it!

It will also be a good way to show you what I’ve made and posted on my Instagram feed but doesn’t make it over here.

So without further ado, here we go! My first monthly loves post 🙂

I’ve discovered this brilliant online cookalong community over on Instagram called #rainydaybitescookbookclub, hosted by Deborah Balint. Every month a different book is chosen to cook from and in January the chosen cookbook was Bringing it home by Gail Simmons. I’d never heard of Gail but apparently she’s a very respected judge on a show called Top Chef in America. During late January/early February, I would scroll through my Instagram feed and all I could see was stunning photos of the most amazing looking dishes from the rainy day cookbook club. I just had to cook something from the book, despite the fact that I didn’t own it! After a quick Google search I decided on a couple of recipes. Here’s what I made…..

Spaghetti pie. Oh my God. This pie was amazing! It has three different types of cheeses. Need I say more?? It takes a little while to put it all together, but it’s actually much easier than I thought it would be. I couldn’t find Italian sausages, so I just ended up using some the Heck pork sausages and added fennel seeds, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika and oregano. This was loved by everyone in my house and I can’t wait to make it again. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it for yourself!

I also made Gail’s upside down banana cardamom cake with salty caramel. This was gorgeous – it looked quite glam compared to the banana loaf cakes I’m used to making! You can find the recipe here if you fancy trying it. I highly recommend drowning a slice in cream!

I’m currently obsessed with these spicy cabbage peanut noodles from Cate in the kitchen. Last week I made them for my lunch for four days straight. Which is something I never do! Very addictive.

A couple of weeks ago my oven suddenly stopped working. Major panic stations! But luckily it only needed a new element. Mr T swiftly ordered a new element online, but was without a working oven for 3 days. This was when stovetop granola happened! I’ll definitely be sharing the recipe for this soon – it just needs a little tweaking first before I publish it! If you love granola as much as I do, you’ll go crazy for it. I want to experiment with a chocolate one soon so if it goes well, you’ll see it here!

By the way, the fruit compote in the granola picture above is a recipe from the Mountain cafe cookbook. I’ve been using this book a lot and it’s become one of my go to cookery books.

I met the author of the book/owner of the Mountain cafe (in Aviemore) back in December when they were doing a book signing in Waterstones. Just look at the array of goodies they brought with them!

Kirsten was very friendly and cool. It was so nice to meet her in person – she is definitely one of my food heroes.

Last weekend I discovered if you halve Nigella Lawson’s sticky toffee pudding recipe you have just enough mixture for four little puddings. I used individual pudding moulds I found in Sainsbury’s, but I’m sure you could use ramekins as well. The puddings took just under 25 minutes to bake.

So that’s my first monthly loves post – please let me know what you think and if you’d like to see it as a regular feature!


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