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At last - something that tells me what to do with the thing!
on 15 June 2011
A good friend purchased a halogen oven for me for Christmas after her husband bought one for her. After a few very successful attempts using the recipes in the manual that came with it I was looking for a book that would take me further. There was almost nothing - and those books that were available didn't have much in the way of photographs (which I find hugely valuable when trying new techniques). There was even very little on the web.
This book is the first that I have used which actually works for me. The introduction provides a coherent explanation of halogen ovens, how they can be used and what they should be used for. Following the introduction the sections are: chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetarian, pizza & pasta, on the side, breads & baking and desserts & puddings. Each of the 200 recipes is accompanied by a full page photograph. The recipes are well presented, with a list of ingredients and blow by blow instructions, numbers the meal will serve and estimated cooking times. There is an index at the end.
The book doesn't pretend that you can do everything in the halogen oven, anymore than you could in a conventional oven and therefore includes extra instructions for sauces and vegetables that need to be done on the hob. For me, the best feature of the book (apart from the photos) is that the recipes offer a huge range of different styles of food and presentation.
Examples of the recipes from each section are: grape & yogurt honey chicken, chicken with spicy lentils, chicken and mushroom casserole, steak and kidney pies, grilled steak with sorrel sauce, roast sirloin of beef, Caribbean pork with pineapple, pork chops Ardennaise, Asian braised belly of pork, lamb hot pot, navarin of lamb, honeyed lamb shanks, Malaysian prawn curry, family fish pie, salmon and watercress sauce, warm asparagus and haloumi salad, camembert-stuffed mushrooms, spaghetti carbonara, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, gorgonzola and rocket pizza, garlicky potato bake, poppy seed bread, summer fruits shortcake, cinnamon apple crunch, jam roly-poly and syrup sponge pudding.
If you have a halogen oven and are not quite sure what to do with it, or just want some good new ideas, this is certainly the book to buy.