Mid week meals *sigh*. Such uninspiring things at times. You know the one when you've got in from work, put the kid to bed, finished off that bit of work you needed to do. you're SHATTERED and, if you're anything like me, starting to get hangry and there's just no mental capacity left to decide what to cook? Well on the whole this is why I try and pre plan all my weekly meals and shop accordingly but life just ain't always like that is it? When inspiration is thin on the ground and I need to produce something great to eat pronto these are my current fave cookbooks! Some of them require just the basics you're likely to have knocking about in your fridge and others a bit of prep but nothing major.
Have You Eaten - Billy Law : Love this! I had to go and stock up on some core ingredients but once in my store cupboard nothing could hold me back from making a kick ass batch of Gai Lan and some steamed black bean snapper parcels (though I made cod to keep it simples). His salted caramel is something I have found myself historically eating straight from the pan. Nearly a whole batch. Seriously.
River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook - Nikki Duffy : If your kid is anything like mine finding something they'll eat other than cheese on toast or pasta and cheese sauce is a daily challenge. This book's given me lots of inspiration for junior and I don't mind eating the leftovers! It also has a great bread recipe in it which is now our household stable (It doesn't take long to make I promise)
Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Deb Perelman : This is the first cookbook from the creator of one of the best cooking blogs I've ever known and this is my current fave cookbook. Recipes never fail to come up trumps and it's brimming both with fabulous savoury and sweet options. If you love simple, delicious, honest food without the faff, get this book!
Entertaining Vegetarians - Celia Brooks Brown : My better half is a veggie and most of what I cook is veggie or at least pesci but it doesn't always come naturally and, at times, I find the prospect of cooking another meat free meal totally uninspiring. So, I'm trying to broaden my horizons and although I've only tried a couple of recipes, so far so good! This book isn't new and is somewhat dated in terms of food trends but a lot of the recipes are timeless and if you look past the 00's styling it's worth a look. The halibut with warm tomato & basil vinaigrette was absolutely delicious, if not a bit of a pricey dinner!
Just writing this has made me ravenous and now I'm craving black cod and salty, sweet, creamy strawberry short cake and tumblers of icy Bloom gin & Tonic in no particular order!