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Interesting but expensive
on 5 February 2015
I became a bit more food conscious around 6 months ago. I have no illness, intolerance or allergy that means I need a restrictive diet but I have been wanting to put goodness in so to speak.
I have had this book a few weeks and have cooked several of the recipes. I would say that I have quite an extensive pantry with herbs, spices, oils, vinegars etc and was surprised by the fact I hadn't heard of some of the stuff in this book and the amount of things I hadn't even tried. My first port of call was the Chia bon bons - personal taste, I didn't like them, I now know chia seeds are not my thang.
I also make the quinoa with fennel and harissa; AMAZING. The harissa is going to be a firm staple in my house from now on, it was delicious and easy to make and clearly far better than shop bought. I'm not a massive fan of fennel but the flavours in this recipe complemented each other perfectly.
Last night saw the sticky wings and chilli dipping sauce. Again, personal taste, I didn't like the sauce but the sticky wings were great. My boyfriend practically licked the plate and was surprised when he realised it was from this book.
I've also made the banana loaf with home made nutella - quite bitter but you know it is better for you than the sugar filled, additive ridden stuff in the shops.
The greatest revelation to me was the Spiraliser - raw courgette was not something I would have thought appetising but I've had it every day for lunch at work!
My main gripe with this book is the cost of the ingredients. I have been using "healthy" cookbooks as I said for the last 6 months, For a family of 3, I have been feeding us all on about £60-70 per week. The week I decided to plan our menu from here, our shopping came to over £120!!! As I said, I have a very well stocked pantry but found the things I lacked were really expensive (Chia Seeds were £7!!!, Barley malt extract £6 so you can see how having to buy 6 or 7 ingredients adds up). The other thing I found was that there was a section on "Spiralised meals" - having never heard of a spiraliser let alone eaten the end product of one, I found myself paying £15 on top of the £20 for the book for a utensil I didn't know I needed, however, it has opened up a whole new world to me! I'm just skint until payday as a result!!
If you NEED to be wheat/gluten/something free then this book is definitely a great investment. If you are wanting to be a bit healthier or discover new ingredients/experiment then I would suggest looking at Susan Jane's website first as most if not all the recipes are on there for free and you can plan what you might want to get.