We are really pleased to now be Parragon Book Buddy and I’m looking forward to bringing you lots of exciting titles over the coming months. This month I received a new cook book – Great British Cooking.
Great British Cooking is part of the Love Food series of books from Parragon, a series I know well. This 224 page paperback cook book is crammed full of traditional British cuisine; from Kedgeree, Leek and Potato Soup, Beef Stew and Dumplings, various roasts, veggie dishes and some scrummy puddings.
It’s a great reference point and has some useful conversion pages at the back of the book.
I was taken back to my childhood whilst flicking through Great British Cooking. You will need to be of a certain age to remember a Blue Peter trip to Mousehole in Cornwall. They made Star-Gazey Pie, and there it was all these years later in my new cook book! I wasn’t sure that a nearly 5-year-old Monkey was quite ready for this particular pie with fish heads, but one day i will make it!
I settled for Fisherman’s Pie instead from the Classic Pub Grub section; whilst the recipe asked for fillets of white fish, I had a few fish packs containing a mixture of Cod, Salmon and Smoke Haddock so made a slight variation.
The recipe was easy to follow, and apart from the fact I am not the best at making sauces, the Fisherman’s pie went down a treat with all of us, and Monkey ate mashed potato – woop! woop! Another major breakthrough on the food front.
From the Weekend Wonders section I recently made the Perfect Macaroni Cheese. I was in a hurry and didn’t have any spinach available, so omitted that from the recipe. Again so easy to follow; yes I still struggled with the sauce – but that’s down to me rather than the cook book. Practice will make perfect. But the results – scrummy! Mummy, that was lovely, and empty plates all round. A great, quick meal at the end of a busy day.
I’ve spotted lots of recipes I want to try out; especially the Irish Stew and Treacle Tart; two personal favourites. I think Great British Cooking would make a great present for someone setting up home as it really does cover all the favourites from home.
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disclaimer: we were sent this book in exchange for an honest review