Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Cookery challenge update for July

Warm salad of mushroom and roasted squash


Regular readers will remember I am taking part in a cookery challenge over the year to cook as many recipes out of a recipe book. I choose River Cottage Veg Every Day!   I am still trying out new recipes. The problem is as I try more recipes there are many that I want to repeat, as they become some of our favourites.


Vegetables for oven roasted ratatouille



One of these dishes was the oven roasted ratatouille. The flavour of the vegetables was so good cooking it this way. If you would like to try it see a slight adaption of the recipe here. We used the onions and courgettes that have been growing in the garden. Do you have any favourite dishes to use the produce from your garden?




Lentil Dhal from Downhouse farm cafe

One of our favourite cafes, way out in the countryside, produces a fantastic lentil dhal. I always choose it every time we visit. I have tried so many different recipes to recreate it at home and none have ever been as good. I tried the lentil dhal recipe from this book too and it didn't make the grade either!  Have you ever come across a wonderful dish that you have recreated at home?




                                     


 The other participants  in the cookery challenge are:-
Cooking Club

 Lucent Imagery * From River’s Edge Explody Full *Juanita Tortilla

 Sarah x

19 comments:

  1. It's just about my dinner time and all of this looks good, but that lentil soup and bread? I think this is what I could use right now!!! HI SARAH! Anita

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  2. Yummy looking recipes! At the moment we are using chives and basil and little Yellow-Gold cherry tomatoes from our garden pots in our salads.
    Mmmmmmm so good :)
    Gracie xx

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  3. I love dhal too - and I agree, it's hard to make it just right at home!

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  4. Hi Sarah,

    Oh yes, I have often tried to replicate a dish I have enjoyed when I have been dining out.
    Your recipes all look so good - We enjoyed watching Hugh's River Cottage the other night when he was giving a Masterclass to Felicity Kendal, Keely Hawes and Philip Glenister. You saw them fishing, foraging and cooking up delicious food.

    Happy Thursday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  5. I love that book! There is a mushroom and orzo recipe that has become my 'comfort' meal xxx

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    1. We really enjoyed this recipe too it was so tasty and is one of our repeats!
      Sarah x

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  6. Yum! I've just eaten a very nice smoked fish pie made by the 13 yr old. He grew up watching Jamie Oliver videos, but now he prefers Hugh (so do I!) S:)

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    1. Sally, That sounds an impressive dish made by your son. I enjoy using both Jamie's and Hugh's recipes too.
      Sarah x

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  7. Yum , all your dishes look so good to me.

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  8. I do love the look of the mushroom and squash salad. As I adore mushrooms I'm always looking for new mushroom dishes.

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  9. I've just put that book on my amaon wishlist.

    Have you see the film Julie & Julia? It's very good. All about a woman called Julie that writes a blog about cooking all the recipies from Julia Child's classic French cookery book. It was a great film. Meryl Streep was amazing.

    Leanne xx

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    1. I keep meaning to watch the film and someone always mentions it when I do a cookery challenge post. I must watch it this month!
      Sarah x

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  10. It all looks so inviting Sarah. I admire you. Making different dishes for one whole year.
    At this time of the year, i eat a lot of salads.. my favorite.. - sliced cucumber, tomato,lettuce,onion,feta cheese or any cheese in the fridge.. rub your dish with garlic....boil peeled prawns.. and add to the salad in the bowl.. a mixed spiced salad oil..
    takes less than 10 min. I do the same with tuna, or squid..but the squid is a side plate.
    also use black eyed peas ..
    Happy cooking.
    val... I am hungry now.):-

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    1. Your salad recipes sound good my husband would love the addition of the fish. Another great recipe for me to try!
      Sarah x

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  11. Sarah...I wonder if this might be the secret re the Dhal. I was surprised how much this trick improved the Lentils. From Madhur Jaffrey: "Heat oil in a small frying pan over fairly high heat and then, when hot add pinch of asafetida, then a second later, 1/2 teasp cumin seeds, and let them sizzle for a few seconds and add 2-3 dried hot red chilies and as soon as they turn dark red..only a few secs, lift up the lid of the lentil pot and pour in the contents of the fry pay, oil as well as spices, cover the pot immediately to trap the aromas". Gosh, it's been ages since I made Lentils with cumin and asafetida (Mili Dal).

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    1. Thank you for this suggestion. I haven't tried asafetida before maybe that's what's missing. I will be trying this recipe.
      Sarah x

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  12. If you are a regular customer at Downhouse Farm cafe perhaps they would be willing to let you 'in' on their special recipe for the Lentil Dhal.

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    1. Yes Roseary I really ask next tie we visit. They are always rushed off their feet everytime we visit as it so popular!
      Sarah x

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  13. Ooh I'm so pleased to see your update. I have 4 more desserts to go in my book but have started savoury stuff in another one. With celebrations this month that are well catered i'm not sure i'll be inclined to make the desserts for a little bit!

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