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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 24th Dec 17, 10:26 AM
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    The All New Bang on Trend Cookbook Challenge 2018
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    • 24th Dec 17, 10:26 AM
    The All New Bang on Trend Cookbook Challenge 2018 24th Dec 17 at 10:26 AM
    Some of you may remember this from a few years ago

    Cook Something Different

    Anyway does anyone fancy joining me for a 2018 version.

    Now despite all my good intentions I have added around another 10 cook books to my already huge collection. On top of this I am subscribed to both good food mag and delicious mag. I would love to say that all these additions mean a constantly changing and varied diet...................no i like looking at the pictures then heading to the kitchen to cook a chilli or a tikka masala .

    So enough is enough and there is no better time of year to start changing this habit.

    For me I will choose one 'new to me' recipe every week from one of my many resources and hopefully over time expand my current menu. Any one wanna join in? no pressure just a bit of fun
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Jan 18, 9:15 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    I made this last night https://cookingonabootstrap.com/2018/01/05/aubergine-and-kale-satay-30p-vg-v-df-gf/
    The only changes I made were to use fresh chilli and fresh kale which I don't think impacted on the end result.
    Feedback: I didn't really enjoy it, it was edible but no more than that. I found it lacked texture and taste. IMHO it would have worked better with waxy potatoes or meaty mushrooms rather than aubergines with some sweet peppers added in near the end of cooking for some bite. Taste-wise it was very bland and I ended up adding quite a bit of tabasco and lemon juice to liven it a bit. On a positive it was filling and easy to make. I had with rice which was fine. The website serves 2-4, I'd say 2 adults easily but not more than that unless as a side dish which it might work better as.
    Would I make it again? Not as per the recipe but I do like the idea so might use it but "do my own thing" to liven it up a bit.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Jan 18, 9:45 AM
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    I've just looked through the Ken Hom book I bought and will be making the spicy stir fried mushrooms today, as we have those ingredients in stock. The only changes are: reducing the salt, as per suki's comments. It asks for a teaspoon but as there is soy sauce in the ingredients, I will miss it out. It also lists two teaspoons of sugar, which I will also leave out as sugar can make me ill
    Originally posted by pipkin71
    The sugar I always leave or halve as it's the balance of sweet/sour that is needed in Chinese cooking

    I never cut the white pepper down when asked for because that really adds to the ooomph


    With the salt issue, do taste as you go along. Some dishes may need it to enhance a bland vegetable. I'd hate you to make something and not like it because I said I find his dishes to be very salty

    We tend to prefer the really pungent dished like beef in black bean sauce and braised pork belly and there really is a lot of salt in those so no need to add. Lighter dishes may need it
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 10th Jan 18, 9:54 AM
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    The sugar I always leave or halve as it's the balance of sweet/sour that is needed in Chinese cooking

    I never cut the white pepper down when asked for because that really adds to the ooomph


    With the salt issue, do taste as you go along. Some dishes may need it to enhance a bland vegetable. I'd hate you to make something and not like it because I said I find his dishes to be very salty

    We tend to prefer the really pungent dished like beef in black bean sauce and braised pork belly and there really is a lot of salt in those so no need to add. Lighter dishes may need it
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Thanks suki. Will let you know how it tastes
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    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 10th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
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    I made Nigel Slater!!!8217;s Ribollita tonight, having seen it mentioned earlier. I tweaked it a bit, flageolet instead of canellini beans, a squirt of tomato pur!e, some vegetable stock. It was delicious. I bet it!!!8217;s even better tomorrow lunchtime. No 5 and 4/5 have been great.
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 11th Jan 18, 7:06 AM
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    The spicy stir fry mushrooms, were lovely I did miss out both the salt and the sugar and it was fine, so definitely one I will make again
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 11th Jan 18, 9:50 AM
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    My mother gave us some stilton cheese so i found a recipe in my huge file where I stuff things I like the look of.

    Stilton, pasta, spinach, cherry tomatoes, leeks and craime fraiche with a hint of mustard.

    Was delicious and will definitely be using again!

    My gousto delivery box should arrive some time today so that will be another 4 recipes to try.

    Will post results.

    Think I will make this the last delivery for a while though and redo some of the recipes we really liked.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jan 18, 10:01 AM
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    My mother gave us some stilton cheese so i found a recipe in my huge file where I stuff things I like the look of.

    Stilton, pasta, spinach, cherry tomatoes, leeks and craime fraiche with a hint of mustard.

    Was delicious and will definitely be using again!

    My gousto delivery box should arrive some time today so that will be another 4 recipes to try.

    Will post results.

    Think I will make this the last delivery for a while though and redo some of the recipes we really liked.
    Originally posted by Kantankrus Mare
    That sounds just the sort of dish I like - may be pinching that when I finally open the pot of stilton, thanks

    I've still not managed to go through any cook books but I was noodling online for ideas to use up lurking bits in the fridge so tonight I'm making this https://thecookreport.co.uk/tomato-halloumi-bake/ (albeit scaled down) which I'll have with greek pitta bread
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 11th Jan 18, 10:36 AM
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    caronc I love halloumi havent had it for years ...might have a go at that too

    omelette Arnold Bennett was an 8/10 but mostly because of my white sauce which despite me having successfully made thousands before was lumpy. I did half the recipe so that may be the reason. Tasted lovely though and will defo do again

    Back to tried and tested for a couple of days now to use some fridge stuff up
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jan 18, 10:49 AM
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    caronc I love halloumi havent had it for years ...might have a go at that too


    Originally posted by Nelski
    I usually have it either fried or marinated with harissa on skewers with red onion and aubergine but thought this sounded like a nice change I'll report back. Shame about the sauce, I always get on better making bigger rather than smaller amounts. I tend to make a batch and freeze the surplus in single portions.
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 11th Jan 18, 11:12 AM
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    That sounds just the sort of dish I like - may be pinching that when I finally open the pot of stilton, thanks

    I've still not managed to go through any cook books but I was noodling online for ideas to use up lurking bits in the fridge so tonight I'm making this https://thecookreport.co.uk/tomato-halloumi-bake/ (albeit scaled down) which I'll have with greek pitta bread
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thanks for posting this! Always looking for new ways to use up the courgettes I grow on the allotment. Have pinned it and will maybe even buy some courgettes before the season starts to have a go
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    • CommitedToChange
    • By CommitedToChange 11th Jan 18, 11:22 AM
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    Hi

    I've been reading this thread so thought I'd join in, I've loved reading about what you've all made and I want to cook more new recipes and I'm also going to cook every recipe from one book over the year - Nigel Slater's Real Food.

    This week I've made Hughs chicken with plums and soy sauce 9/10

    A baked Camembert with puff pastry pancetta twists - the twists were wonderful and easy, but my cheese didn't melt. I'll guess I'll just have to try again

    Today I'm making slow cooked lamb shoulder with griddled veg from economy gastronomy -though I'm cooking it for much longer than in the book so it hopefully falls apart. Leftovers to be made as per their book into a shepards pie, plus some to stuff in a wrap with hummus and pomegranate seeds.

    I've also got a sourdough starter on the go and I'm going to attempt my first loaf tomorrow!
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    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 11th Jan 18, 2:24 PM
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    Hi

    I've also got a sourdough starter on the go and I'm going to attempt my first loaf tomorrow!
    Originally posted by CommitedToChange
    Iíve also got my first sourdough starter, I started it on December 3rd, with rye flour. My loaves are tasty but a bit like chewy ordinary bread, Iím not getting a really open bubbly texture. Iím using loaf pans as my first attempt at a boule went a bit flat. Iíll be interested to know how you get on. The American pancakes made with the discard are great, and the crumpets are nice too. Might try a pizza base next.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 11th Jan 18, 2:33 PM
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    I haven't made a recipe from a cook book yet, but I did create some muffins that used up a jar of mincemeat and a sorry looking apple.

    I am trying to lose weight, but dinners are a problem in the Flo household as OH and I are chalk and cheese when it comes to food, so I am going to get him to look through some books for healthy dinners we could eat together. (OH doesn't cook, so guess it's down to me to do the cooking)
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 11th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
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    Hi

    I've been reading this thread so thought I'd join in, I've loved reading about what you've all made and I want to cook more new recipes and I'm also going to cook every recipe from one book over the year - Nigel Slater's Real Food.

    This week I've made Hughs chicken with plums and soy sauce 9/10

    A baked Camembert with puff pastry pancetta twists - the twists were wonderful and easy, but my cheese didn't melt. I'll guess I'll just have to try again

    Today I'm making slow cooked lamb shoulder with griddled veg from economy gastronomy -though I'm cooking it for much longer than in the book so it hopefully falls apart. Leftovers to be made as per their book into a shepards pie, plus some to stuff in a wrap with hummus and pomegranate seeds.

    I've also got a sourdough starter on the go and I'm going to attempt my first loaf tomorrow!
    Originally posted by CommitedToChange
    Hi CommitedtoChange and welcome
    You are going for it I love camembert its mydinner party speciality. Have you seen this btw
    Hedgehog Bread
    I always make one with my cheese to dip in ...yum

    Let us know how you get on with your lamb

    I haven't made a recipe from a cook book yet, but I did create some muffins that used up a jar of mincemeat and a sorry looking apple.

    I am trying to lose weight, but dinners are a problem in the Flo household as OH and I are chalk and cheese when it comes to food, so I am going to get him to look through some books for healthy dinners we could eat together. (OH doesn't cook, so guess it's down to me to do the cooking)
    Originally posted by Florence J
    mincemeat muffins mmm have a large jar to use so I may steal that idea
    • CommitedToChange
    • By CommitedToChange 11th Jan 18, 7:12 PM
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    Lamb was delicious - meat was falling apart, cooking it for so long (8hrs!) meant the fat all melted off leaning the meat much leaner - but still tasty as I basted every hour. Huge amount left as it's just me, but that was the point

    Salad was also good - and I'd make it against just as a light dinner.
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    • dumpling
    • By dumpling 12th Jan 18, 6:36 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    I have a success to report . I made a Latin American Shepherds Pie from the Hairy Dieters go Veggie book last night and everyone really liked it including my committed carnivore hubby. I didn't tell him it was a veggie meal and he didn't even ask where the meat was .

    The meal itself was made with kidney and butter beans and veg with a blitzed sweetcorn topping instead of mash and then had a little bit of reduced fat cheddar sprinkled on it. I didn't know what to serve it with so just did some granary bread and butter and it all got scoffed.

    I am pushing myself tonight and cracking open my Slimming World Curry book and making carrot and onion bhajees, tandoori chicken skewers, keema matar and pilau rice. None of it probably goes together but I liked the look of the photos .

    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    I've still not managed to go through any cook books but I was noodling online for ideas to use up lurking bits in the fridge so tonight I'm making this https://thecookreport.co.uk/tomato-halloumi-bake/ (albeit scaled down) which I'll have with greek pitta bread
    Originally posted by caronc
    I made the above last night and it was lovely, only change I made was to use fresh chill rather than flakes, I halved the recipe and it did make 2 portions so the "Serves 4" stated seems to be accurate.
    It was easy to do and the spicing worked well, I think it would work well with different veggie combinations in tom sauce as a base. Definitely a keeper
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 13th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    Making a lamb tandoori with chapatis raita and red and white cabbage slaw

    Lamb Tandori

    Going to make my own tandoori paste though which I found here

    Tandoori Paste

    Need to make it soon then it can marinade for a few hours

    Also very oddly I am making a batch of mince pies which I have never made before either but I have a load of mince in and to be honest I miss them Going to use my Jamie Christmas book for these as the other two are online recipes which was not my plan with this challenge.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 18, 7:38 PM
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    Making a lamb tandoori with chapatis raita and red and white cabbage slaw

    Lamb Tandori

    Going to make my own tandoori paste though which I found here

    Tandoori Paste

    Need to make it soon then it can marinade for a few hours

    Also very oddly I am making a batch of mince pies which I have never made before either but I have a load of mince in and to be honest I miss them Going to use my Jamie Christmas book for these as the other two are online recipes which was not my plan with this challenge.
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Nelski - if you like making curry's from scratch try this website http://www.mamtaskitchen.com/ it's fab. JO also has a few good one's in "Ministry of Food" though I wasn't keen on the Korma paste in it. ( I no longer have this book as it was "liberated" by my younger son when he moved out ). Have you got Kris Dhillon's "Curry Secret" - definitely worth getting if you want to recreate a takeaway curry?

    While I do love my cookbooks and would be loathe to part with them as I love reading them for ideas, I do find I cook more and more from online resources mainly because it can be easier to find what you want rather than trawling through books to find it especially if you have specific ingredients to use up.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 13th Jan 18, 7:55 PM
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    My pledge not to buy any more cook books failed today when I bought Tom Kerridge's 'Lose Weight For Good', but I will be aiming to cook from it during the next week.
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