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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and helpful mid week ideas - easy ish but I still managed to mess some up, 28 Sept. 2012
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I was very much looking forward to this latest offering by Bill Granger - who is sort of the Aussie equivalent of Nigel Slater. In fact, the book is laid out in a highly practical way based around a core ingredient - say a fillet of fish, a pork chop, some chicken, a tin of beans, pasta etc. Then he uses mainly cupboard store products to whip up easy meals that work well for a weekday night. It's fair to say that the recipes are not the most innovative, but the focus of the book is in the title - it's a useful weekday resource for inspiration rather than a show off diner party collection. I have to say that my first attempt at one of the recipes was though an unmitigated disaster. The fish tandoori looked appealing in the photo (there are the usual pile of sumptuous images that pad out every self-respecting recipe book but most are of the dishes rather than random images that many adopt), but my effort was an inedible version that looked very little like the image - it was more lurid pink than golden brown for a start. Partly this may be down to "operator error" but they are clearly not fool proof! Even taking everything into account, the stated grill time (3-4 minutes) seemed modest and even at the upper end of this range, I had to shove it back under to avoid eating sashimi.

This may have been an unlucky start though - my next couple of efforts (chilli chicken, baked aubergine, chickpeas and chilli) were much more edible and pretty tasty. There were no bizarre ingredients and the end results were well worth repeating. There are some vegi recipes - pretty much all tastes are catered for albeit if you want say vegi recipes, you won't get that many for your money.

All celeb cooks (technically, like Slater and Nigella, Bill is a writer rather than chef) seem to need a "thing" - Nigella waxes lyrical about the sensuousness of the ingredients, Jaimie shoves mitfulls of herbs at everything etc. As for Bill? He does like a marinade. These are not the annoying "oh, I fancy that - oh, you have to leave it in the fridge overnight" ones - more an average of 15 minutes. More often than not, you can get on with some other part of the dish while this is happening, but don't equate "easy" with "instant".

It is a practical and useful addition to the recipe book library - it's well organized and laid out and they don't require huge culinary skills - it's just that I still hold it responsible for one particularly revolting dish and, while in normal instances I'd say that a book cannot be held responsible for my incompetence - it does rather suggest that results are not quite as easy as promised! It is great for mid week inspiration though.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2013 01:53:14 BDT
Bill's recipes intentionally leave salmon uncooked inside. This may not be to everyone's taste but I think it lets the natural flavour and juiciness of the fish survive.
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