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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but lots of discrepancies, 10 Dec. 2012
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Like others have said, this is a lovely book filled with lots of great recipes - all those from the TV show and more. Unfortunately there is a large number of discrepancies between the recipes on the show, online and in the book. I tried the orange and clove cake using the recipe in the book and thought something seemed wrong; I was sure on TV they used 3 eggs but the book only calls for 2. Having checked the online recipe I discovered the book is wrong (it should be 3 eggs and 2 tsp of baking powder, not 1). It seems that a number of other recipes contain basic errors which is disappointing considering the effort that has gone into the design, illustration and typesetting.
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2012 14:26:35 GMT
Nicola Gooch says:
Thanks so much for your comment. Just to put your mind at ease, all the recipes in the book were scrupulously tested by both Stevie and Emma, as well as by non-professional domestic cooks, to ensure that they are easy to follow and that they produce delicious results.

There may be some differences between the ingredients shown on the Spice Trip television series and those in the book though. That is because the recipes were filmed in far-flung countries where some of the ingredients in the book were unavailable. In that case, a few recipes were tweaked and tested with equally delicious alternatives. The online recipes correspond to those in the tv series.

You may have discovered since writing that the clove and polenta cake works very well both ways.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the recipes. The Mulled Wine Oxtail Stew is proving to be a favourite. Do give it a go one winter evening.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 17:05:30 GMT
Alan M. says:
I still think there are some errors in this book. For instance in the North Indian Spice Tea (Chai) recipe it
gives 40ml (1.5 fl oz) of milk. It then says you should boil this for 3 minutes with some spices
and then cook for another minute. If you boil 40ml of milk (even very gently) for 3 minutes you end up with
almost none left - just a residue. I think the recipe probably meant 400ml.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 19:51:02 GMT
Adeel Ahmed says:
Hi Nicola,

The salt and pepper hazelnut brownies says it does not require any flour. However during the recipe it states 'sift in the flour'. Some basic mistakes have been made. Where can I get the correct recipe from?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:02:28 BDT
mike says:
Adeel is quite correct - and no reply - why not? Is a list of errors available anywhere?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2014 09:50:42 BDT
Ane Gjerland says:
I made these brownies yesterday, and after a long fruitless search for the answer to the flour question, I just supposed that the blurb was correct, and the fault in the text was minor. What I did was I pulverized half of the hazelnuts in a blender (instead of roughly chopping them), so that they came to a flour-like consistency, and added them to the dough when the recipe called for flour. I think this must be the correct way of making the brownies, because they were superb! And gluten-free, and very juicy. Will definitely make them again.
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