Huzzah! I have some new recipe books! I've been having cravings for a lot of spicy Mexican food over the last few months so finally decided to pop down to Waterstones and check out what they had. After sitting on the floor for about half an hour with a pile of books I decided that nothing took my fancy so I bought a small book titled Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos. It's great and to be honest, exactly what I wanted, a chance to have a bit more variation on my basic cooking skills involving tortillas. So the first recipe from it this week was ancho roasted butternut squash tacos with homemade guacamole. I have to say, they were excellent! On departing Waterstones and feeling like a teeny book only costing a tenner left me feeling unsatisfied, I quickly browsed a few others, and also ended up with Yotam Ottolenghi's 'Plenty'. This book is epic. I would highly recommend it. He's not a vegetarian but it's a vegetarian cookbook which is ace, because I hardly ever buy meat. There's never good meat to buy at the shop on the end of the road and normally by dinner time I'm too tired to go any where else!! It's written in sections of vegetables as well which is great. On Tuesday I travelled on the long long long (grr.) mega bus to Plymouth to visit lady friend Jade who's just had a beautiful baby girl, Ivy so I decided to treat the happy couple to a night off in the kitchen and make Ottolenghi's 'Mee Goreng', a Mayalsian street food recipe. It was lovely :) and I couldn't even quite find the exact ingredients for it, so I'm sure if you did it would be even better.
A good charity shop a couple of weeks ago has got me 2 new additions to the kitchen, an egg-poacher... any tips on turning these out without breaking it all would be appreciated :) and a recipe book stand which is now a lovely feature on top of our TV!! And a cooking dilema where I couldn't choose what to make between a pot pie and sautee chicken bought me a great pot pie dish pictured above. My decision depended solely on what cooking ware the charity shop had to accommodate my dish. So pot pie it was. My first ever pastry topped pie! Nom Nom.
Other outings this last month have taken me to Cheddar Gorge caves on a random tourist day out with a friend visiting from Aus, a morning in Milan with a great iced coffee - seriously like no other - and an epic adventure at Outlook Festival, Croatia!! Would highly recommend it. My newest addition to the camping essentials is an eye mask and a waterproof wash bag :) another few years and I will be the worlds best camper. I have some feedback from a borrower of the waterproof picnic rug... best thing ever! Cheers!