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Feed your Friends from this and they will dance (but put away the plates first!)
on 28 September 2013
Since I already own and have cooked a vast number of the recipes from Maria Elia's previous cookbooks, I pre-ordered "Smashing Plates" and when it arrived, I sat down with a packet of adhesive page markers so that I could mark the recipes that I would be most interested in cooking first. After the first 20-30 pages, I realised how pointless this was - every recipe begs to be cooked and tasted. The Rhubarb, Rose and Almond bircher muesli was every bit as fabulous as the recipe suggested, although definitely meeting the "Greek Flavours Redefined" description in the book's title. The Beetroot, Apple and Feta Curd Salad was well worth the advance prep and dinner guests raved about it! A lazy Friday evening supper of Roast Spatchcock Chicken with potatoes, lemon, wild greens and capers sang a whole range of flavour notes and this dish was slow and easy to prepare. The Peachy Greek Panzanella is typical Elia, bringing a new, joyous note to a classic Mediterranean dish and her suggestions on how to vary each recipe are inspiring. While a few of the ingredients mentioned may not be readily available, Elia always suggests an alternative and this makes the book all the more useful and accessible. I cook a lot for my friends and without doubt, the dishes that draw the most praise and requests for the recipes are those from Maria Elia's books. Her ability to explore and contrast textures, temperatures and flavours is pretty unique and I suggest that you immediately beg, borrow or buy this book and try it for yourself! Enjoy!