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top class flavour in a quarter of the time
on 16 October 2008
Gary Rhodes's recipes are always absolutely amazing, but usually they are fiddly and take loads of ingredients and effort to do. This book is more along the lines of "Keep It Simple", but is even more aimed at the home chef than that book was. I respect Gary as a top class restaurant chef, but with this book you can make his versions of normal home cooking. I tried out the Macaroni Cheese recipe this evening. Instead of requiring a fiddly roux-based cheese sauce, his version has a much lighter, quicker whipped together sauce of creme fraiche and strong-flavoured cheese. It was ready almost instantly, and tasted much healthier and generally just better than other Macaroni cheese recipes. I will definitely make Macaroni Cheese like that from now on.
It isn't just nursery cooking, though; he has quick midweek suppers for one like stir fries and quick fish dishes - slighter posher menus for two; and then lengthier recipes again like roast lamb for weekends. There's also loads of breakfast ideas (even gammon and pineapple!) healthy lunches like grilled tuna with nicoise salsa; and afternoon tea. Everything sounds really tempting, but more importantly, you can really often buy all the ingredients in Sainsburys Local/Tesco Metro without having to trek to a "proper" supermarket. I am really excited about the idea of having a simple recipe book for everyday eating that actually tastes delicious. Well worth the money.