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A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories by April Bloomfield

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  • Porridge

    • FJT on February 20, 2014

      I like a bit of salt in my porridge but this was way too much (and yes, I used maldon). Loved the texture of the porridge, but will be cutting back on salt next time.

    • Melanie on March 08, 2014

      I agree that the salt is too much - next time I will cut back on it. However, the recipe is otherwise pretty perfect - I loved the taste and textures.

    • stockholm28 on April 16, 2016

      I've never loved oatmeal; it is just something that I tolerate from time to time. The only way I generally eat oatmeal is if I have lots of toppings to disguise the mush. This porridge was delicious. I thought it would be too salty. It wasn't because the sugar really balanced it out. It reminded me of an oatmeal cookie. I think April has converted me to a porridge fan.

    • eliza on April 20, 2016

      This recipe is basically half and half milk and water and also steel cut and rolled oats; I only add a pinch of salt. I love the texture of this. Can be made ahead and heated as needed in the microwave, and milk to water ratio can be adjusted.

  • Deviled eggs

    • tasteslike on July 06, 2016

      Straightforward well-seasoned deviled eggs. Successfully subbed basil for chervil and sour cream for creme fraiche. Deviled eggs don't usually require a recipe but, if you want one, this one reliably works. It can also be endlessly modified. I prefer the eggs cooked 9 minutes rather than 10. Finally, double the batch. These eggs go fast.

  • Roasted peanuts with rosemary and garlic

    • ncollyer on March 03, 2013

      These are surprisingly good. A bit addictive actually!

  • Green pea and ham soup

    • wcassity on January 10, 2015

      A big success. Really delicious and satisfying. I made the broth in the slow cooker with the bone and a few chunks of the meat left over from our Christmas ham. It then took just 30 min or so to come together when I got home.

  • Caesar salad

    • Breadcrumbs on August 23, 2015

      p. 75 – Zuni’s Caesar salad has been our go-to and reigning champ since I first made it 2013 but this version is a serious contender and may just edge out Zuni as our new favourite. The 1st thing I love about this dressing is the simplicity of its prep as you mix all ingredients in a food processor. Now we didn’t plan to eat our salad with our hands as AB suggests so I cut my romaine into bite sized pieces vs serving long leaves so I saved some time by simply tossing my lettuce with the dressing vs rubbing it on each leaf as AB suggests. In the head note AB mentions what she loves about this dressing, apart from its tang, is that it has clean flavours in that you can taste each individual component. I’d definitely agree with her and I think that’s what differentiates the dressing from others. I especially enjoyed the light and bright flavour of the Champagne vinegar. Delicious! Photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016328?commentId=9696042#9696042

    • westminstr on September 23, 2016

      Made this recently and I definitely prefer the Zuni caesar dressing. 1. This dressing makes a huge quantity but it's hard to cut it in half because there is just one egg in the dressing, and who wants to save just 1/2 an egg? Zuni version is easier to make in smaller quantity. 2. This dressing calls for all neutral oil but I prefer the flavor of olive oil as in the Zuni recipe.

  • Lentil and chickpea salad with feta and tahini

    • okcook on June 19, 2012

      This salad delivered what she promised in the description. Great textures and flavours. It is quite substantial so I was glad I just made 1/2 a recipe. We had it with our homemade Merguez sausage.

    • minervasowl on December 14, 2012

      This salad makes a wonderful summer meal -- not too heavy, but still satisfying. Be sure to follow the directions for assembly as the layering of flavors and textures really pays off.

    • DKennedy on July 11, 2013

      This is the first recipe I've made out of this book. This is a wonderful vegetarian dish I could eat straight out of the bowl! Modifications: I used fresh, green chickpeas instead of canned ones, sautéed as described in Small Bites, Big Nights. I really liked this dish, though next time I would make it my own by: omitting the preserved lemons; sautéing the red onions along with the chickpeas; and adding more veggies to this dish. I resisted using all the tahini sauce but in the end, I realized it was needed. I also think the raw garlic in the tahini was too harsh.

    • westminstr on May 04, 2016

      Great salad. I used cilantro, a very small garlic clove in the dressing, and I included the preserved lemon but think it would be fine without. I prepped the red onion first and let it rest with only salt and lemon juice while I put together the dressing. This was enough time to "quick pickle" the onion and take the bite out. I used French lentils from the bulk bin, cooked ahead of time over the weekend, and canned chickpeas. I omitted the sesame seeds. I only needed 1 tsp of the cumin-coriander mix. This was a meal for us with raw red pepper slices on the side. Everyone loved it. Next time I will streamline the prep a bit more.

  • Radish salad

    • DKennedy on May 20, 2014

      Made this for dinner a few nights ago and this might just be my new favorite salad. Scrunching the radishes, basil, salt and parmesan together really makes the flavors marry. The creaminess of the parm coupled with the bitter greens and tangy lemon is sheer genius.

    • eliza on June 12, 2014

      This salad is fantastic! Earlier this spring, I saw some reviews for it, and I grew radishes in my garden so I could make it. I love salads of all kinds, and this could possibly be my favourite one ever. I can't wait for more radishes to get a little larger so I can make it again.

    • westminstr on May 15, 2015

      This was a great way to use my garden radishes! Everyone liked it, will make again.

    • tasteslike on July 05, 2016

      This refreshing salad is a wonderful complement to a hearty dinner. Use vegetable peeler to cut parm into slices. Cut radishes in wedges with one thinner edge - doing so helps flavors meld while scrunching the ingredients together.

  • Fried pig's ear salad

    • DKennedy on March 26, 2016

      Made this salad dressing recipe today to serve over a cobb salad. Halved the ingredients for the dressing, using a meyer lemon, omitting the sugar, and splitting the oil amongst avocado oil, olive oil, and walnut oil. Tart dressing that contrasted nicely with the rich avocado, ham, turkey, and chick peas featured in the salad. For greens I used bitter and buttery. Very nice and would make again.

  • Carrots, avocado, and orange salad

    • ncollyer on March 15, 2015

      This is a great dish. Wonderful combination of flavors, Very refreshing and comforting at the same time. Beautiful on a platter, especially a black one. The carrots alone are worth making. I have made it many times and it is dinner party worthy.

  • Escarole salad with Roquefort, pears, and walnuts

    • okcook on December 11, 2012

      When making the walnuts for the salad garnish she instructs you to drain the fried walnuts on paper towels. If you do that, don't let them sit there very long otherwise they stick to the paper towels and you'll have to start again!

  • Grilled sea bass

    • ldtrieb on March 07, 2016

      Made with branzino and the recommended sides. Stuffed the fish with fresh dill,parsley,and thyme. I used San Marzano canned tomatoes for the saffron tomatoes as I didn't have fresh.This was a meal I'd make for company.

  • My chicken adobo

    • fprincess on January 03, 2013

      Ready in a little bit over an hour. Very flavorful and rustic - she does not peel the garlic or the ginger. Photos here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/page__p__1903767#entry1903767

    • mgwalter on May 18, 2014

      This was really easy to make and incredibly good. I recommend preparing the ginger as thin batons rather than simply slicing it thin. For those wishing to view this recipe online, here are two sources: http://www.marthastewart.com/901380/my-chicken-adobo http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2012/05/chicken-adobo.html

  • A lamb's head

    • KarinaFrancis on January 25, 2014

      We had trouble getting fresh lambs heads so we had to use frozen, the dish still worked beautifully. I added 1/4 cup of pomegranate molasses to the basting liquid and it turned out glossy and gorgeous Served it ith crumbed lambs brains and poached tounge salad.

  • Lamb chops with chimichurri

    • fprincess on October 18, 2012

      Because it is paired with lamb, this chimichurri variation uses mint and parsley (but she suggests other versions as well). Also included are thinly sliced shallots, garlic and habanero. Everything is mixed with olive oil and we wait long enough for the herbs to "get to know each other". The lamb chops are pounded before they are grilled at high heat. They are served topped with the chimichurri to which a little bit of lemon juice is added at the last minute. You end up devouring the chops with your fingers and it's delicious. Photos here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/page__p__1894740#entry1894740

  • My curry

    • DKennedy on May 20, 2014

      This was an incredible pain in the a-- - to make but really yummy. I made it for dinner last night and my house still smells strongly of curry, in a good way. Between toasting and grinding the spices, chopping the ginger, peeling and slicing the 2 c. of shallots, zesting, depithing, and juicing the citrus, and cubing the 4 lbs of lamb (I used pork) there is a fair amount of prep work before any real cooking takes place. Next time doing the prep work the day before is really the only alternative. Once all the prep was out of the way, and the mound of dishes washed, the rest was easy.

    • FJT on June 26, 2015

      Lovely curry recipe - I won't say it's the best I've ever tasted, but I will definitely make it again. To make life easier I took a few shortcuts: I bought stew meat rather than a whole shoulder which I really didn't fancy deboning and chopping up myself and I used a jar of ginger puree rather than having to peel and chop 75g of ginger! Those 2 things saved a load of prep time and my sanity! Great taste - family loved it.

  • Cabbage and bacon

    • tasteslike on March 05, 2016

      Surprisingly delicious braised cabbage, infused with rich wonderful flavors. It's sweet, juicy,and warming. I've never been a braised cabbage fan, but this recipe changed my mind 100%. Without question, I'll make it again. It's essential to use the best slab bacon available. Didn't have time to make Sticky Chicken Stock, so used packaged chicken broth; I also substituted green cabbage for Savoy. One of us used horseradish, the other didn't. We both ended our meal happy and content.

  • Asparagus with Parmesan pudding and prosciutto

    • fprincess on July 04, 2012

      Just wonderful. The parmesan pudding is very easy to make. I baked it in individual ramequins. I used duck eggs so it was even more special. Picture here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/page__p__1885557#entry1885557

    • MmeFleiss on March 15, 2015

      I forgot to do the water bath and the pudding still had the perfect consistency--it was quite forgiving. This is definitely going to be repeated in my household.

  • Marinated roasted peppers

    • okcook on August 14, 2013

      Wow, this one really sings. Made with fresh red peppers from the garden. The sauce gets nice and rich using her method...the peppers, vinegar, olive oil and salt are massaged together.

    • MmeFleiss on January 23, 2016

      Another winner from this book. So simple yet so good. I really don't know why I don't cook from this book more often because I've never had anything from it that was less than outstanding.

  • Swiss chard with olive oil

    • fprincess on October 18, 2012

      I like the simplicity of the recipe and the big flavor. She boils the stems first (cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces), then adds the leaves, drains them, adds them into a serving bowl where she just dresses them with olive oil and grated fresh garlic that she tosses with her hands, with a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten things up. Photo here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/page__p__1894753#entry1894753

    • tekobo on February 26, 2017

      Super simple, super tasty!

  • Summer succotash

    • fprincess on August 13, 2013

      The summer succotash is very photogenic but I thought that it was a little too heavy with the heavy cream. I prefer a lighter version. Photo here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/?p=1927682

  • Mashed potatoes

    • Breadcrumbs on April 06, 2016

      p. 235 – Did the world really need another recipe for mashed potatoes? Well as it turns out, yes . . . at least I can say I did. What differentiates the author’s recipe from others I’ve prepared is her method. She has you rinse the peeled, sliced potatoes until the water runs clear to remove excess starch and, she has you let the drained, cooked potatoes sit to allow some of the steam to escape before you rice or mash them. Ms Bloomfield says this allows them to better absorb the butter and cream. The resulting potatoes are smooth and silky. I only needed about half the cream mixture though so next time I’d start out mixing less to avoid waste. With half a pound of butter this won’t be our go-to recipe but it will be our new company dish. Perfectly delicious. Photo here: http://www.chowhound.com/post/april-2016-cotm-april-bloomfield-month-potatoes-top-tail-veg-1034701?commentId=9834831

  • Rhubarb fool with cardamom cream and pistachios

    • tekobo on April 10, 2016

      Also great with gooseberries page 260

  • Chocolate-orange cake with bourbon

    • fprincess on March 12, 2013

      A rich and dense marquise-type cake. Not very refined but delicious nonetheless. Cooking notes and photos here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143209-cooking-from-a-girl-and-her-pig-april-bloomfield/?p=1911981

  • Lemon-olive oil dressing

    • Breadcrumbs on April 06, 2016

      p. 285 – Salty, tart, tangy and simply wonderful with baby arugula as the perfect foil to rich, heavier dishes. I served this alongside a Mushroom, Leek and Gruyere tart and it worked beautifully. Next time I’d reserve some of the salt to toss directly into the salad for a little crunch. Simple but greater than the sum of its parts. Well worth repeating. Photo here: http://www.chowhound.com/post/april-2016-cotm-april-bloomfield-month-miscellaneous-1034699?commentId=9834172

    • TrishaCP on June 01, 2016

      I agree with Breadcrumbs-this is a great choice when served with a salad alongside something heavier.

  • Roquefort dressing

    • okcook on December 15, 2012

      Wonderful tang from the champagne vinegar with salty notes from the cheese chunks.

  • Chimichurri

    • fprincess on October 18, 2012

      Because it is paired with lamb, this chimichurri variation uses mint and parsley (but she suggests other versions as well). Also included are thinly sliced shallots, garlic and habanero. Everything is mixed with olive oil and we wait long enough for the herbs to "get to know each other". Lemon juice is added at the last minute.

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  • Huffington Post

    This first book is nevertheless personal and captivating as she presents cheffy food that is still well within reach of serious home cooks.

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  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    "A Girl and Her Pig" is simple food, prepared with a high degree of attention and artfulness. Or you could say it’s comfort food, for those who find swooning comfortable.

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  • Serious Eats

    Filled with all the recipes that made us fall in love with Bloomfield's cooking in the first place along with a deeply personal narrative that lends insight into the process of these wonderful dishes.

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