Monday 2nd of August 2021

Recipe inspo: August 2020

At this point in the school holidays, I’m normally chomping at the bit for schools to go back but this isn’t a usual summer…or year for that matter. As I write this, who knows if schools will go back and I am quietly dreading a silent house having had everyone home for so long.

One thing is for sure, my usual repertoire of fave family dishes has been exhausted and after a very enjoyable flick through some magazines, there’s an abundance of new cooking tomes that have caught my eye and been ordered and that will hopefully both renew my love of cooking and keep everyone’s taste buds happy!

A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty by Skye McAlpine

The photos did it for me! I do love the Look Inside feature on Amazon! Everything here looks simple, pretty, appetising and great for balmy evenings with your bubble of friends. Can’t wait to try the Gazpacho recipe and take it, chilled, with me to polo matches as a healthier alternative to yet another hot dog!

With the absence of an overseas adventure this summer, the staycation has been bounded about far and wide. We are extremely lucky to have space here and haven’t seen the need to venture outside the county however, with the new term approaching, I do feel we need to “get off the patch” in the form of a possible camping trip, most probably down the road at Granny’s! I think we have all eaten enough sausages in various formats so I was thrilled to find Annie Bell’s The Camping Cookbook as have always loved Annie’s fresh approach to family food. Here’s hoping we don’t kill each other with the lack of wifi!

A Love for Food: Recipes from the Fields and Kitchens of Daylesford Farm by Carole Bamford

My early memories of Daylesford are some quite bossy PTA coffee meetings in Pimlico after school drop off when we lived in London. Now, however, I’m a huge fan of their online recipe collection and this new book looks a keeper. 

LEON Happy Fast Food by Rebecca Seal, Jack Burke & John Vincent

Who wants to be chained to the kitchen any day let alone in this heat! I’ve been a fan of Leon books for a while and the word FAST really jumped out from these gorgeous cover graphics. With my recent Sourdough successes over on my Insta Stories, I’m looking forward to kneading my way through the Breads & Buns section of the book. Heck, no holiday, no bikini! Soon it will be baggy woolly jumpers!

Family Kitchen by Natasha Corrett

Spied this book, which is Natasha’s fifth tome, in You magazine a few weeks ago (on sale 13th August) as there was an 8 page pull out section of her recipes. Every single one looked absolutely delicious and too good for even the fussiest of my three teens to resist. I’m really looking forward to trying her Pad Thai recipe and the Salmon & Sweet Potato Traybake looks great for minimal effort and maximum results.

Tex Mex from Scratch by Jonas Cramby

Not a new book, we discovered Jonas Cramby thanks to a recipe in one of the weekend papers for something which we are yet to try but sounds utterly delicious and thirst quenching…the Michelada, a Mexican beer based cocktail. Think lime, tabasco and salt! This led me to google his other recipes and find his book with lots of mouth watering recipes (hello mango margarita!) and tips for making a BBQ smoker. 

I hope you find some new favourites in this collection. I’ll share my culinary attempts over on Instagram

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