The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures (NZ) by Annabel Langbein

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  • Chicken and leek gratin

    • aargle on October 21, 2019

      Really enjoyed this and will put it on irregular rotation. I didn’t have fresh thyme so subbed in dried herbs de Provence which I thought was fine. Served with steamed beans, asparagus and sugar snap peas.

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 25, 2014

      Delicious winter food. Have also added mushrooms with the leeks for something a bit different. The Provencal crust keeps well in the freezer, so I usually have some ready to go.

  • One-pot spiced apple cake

    • aargle on May 19, 2016

      This is very nice - it took a little less time than the time specified. It makes a very large cake. Next time will decrease the sugar - a little too sweet for my taste but worth repeating.

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      6.14 Takes longer to cook - next time try adding at least 10 mins. Flavours amaze - worth trying to get timing right. 7.14 I love these flavours - try to make into mini desserts.

  • Birdseed bar

    • Melanie on March 30, 2016

      Easy, healthy and tasty. Keeps well in the fridge, great to have on hand.

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 25, 2014

      Delicious and keeps well so great to have on stand by to take to work for morning tea. I like to substitute some of the sultanas for dried cranberries, and add almonds.

  • Garlicky vegetable toss

    • Melanie on March 12, 2016

      Tasty and simple preparation, I liked that the butter and herbs made a light sauce / dressing for the dish. Served with roast chicken.

  • Balsamic glaze

    • Melanie on March 12, 2016

      Agree with previous reviewer - very easy to make and tastes great.

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      1.14 Great standby to have in the fridge - awesome basic recipe.

  • Steak salad with balsamic glaze

    • Melanie on March 12, 2016

      I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had skipped the marinating and just used the glaze as a dressing.

  • Sausage, tomato and olive pissaladiére

    • Hellyloves2cook on December 06, 2012

      Cant believe how easy the olive pastry was- basically flour and water and olive oil- it gave a nice crisp base and sides. Easy and fun to make and equally easy to eat. I did leave out the sausages as I didn't have them around. It got a big thumbs up from everyone in the family. Great for picnics too.

  • Turkish bread

    • Hellyloves2cook on October 22, 2012

      Easy recipe. Enjoyable to make and very impressed with how the loaves turned out. Great to have with the Turkish Bride Soup.

  • Turkish bride soup

    • Hellyloves2cook on October 18, 2012

      a nice wholesome soup. Quite thick too- I had to thin it down a little with extra water-whole family loved this!

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 25, 2014

      This is a delicious, substantial soup.

  • Vegetable and tofu stir-fry

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 25, 2014

      A favourite tofu dish - I just use any vegetables that I have on hand, and often add frozen podded edamame beans.

  • Spicy beef with harvest vegetables

    • saarwouters on September 25, 2017

      This was a wonderfull dinner salad! Served it with the garlic / yoghurt / mayonaise sauce on the side. Very light, healthy and satisfying. I used courgette instead of eggplant.

  • Char-grilled corn on the cob

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      1.14 I slightly charred mine but yum - great addition to bbq.

  • Bang bang chicken salad

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      10.13 Scrummy - great serv lunch dish.

  • Speedy peanut sauce

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      10.13 Scrummy - quick and easy

  • Salted edamame

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      11.15 Delicious - next time try steaming to prevent colour loss.

  • Mexican pulled pork

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      4.14 Crackled perfectly - yummy. 1.15 Used normal sized shoulder - need to perfect - I always seem to dry out my Pulled Pork.

  • Teriyaki sauce

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      7.15 Made for chicken - perfect.

  • Coffee liqueur

    • ithyt on November 11, 2015

      11.13 Yummy w milk.

  • Apricots with macaroon topping

    • e_ballad on January 13, 2018

      Very sweet, though that is in keeping with all macaroons. I didn’t make the suggested ‘Lemon syllabub’ to accompany them, which I regret as I suspect it would have been a good foil for this dessert.

  • Osso bucco

    • e_ballad on September 03, 2020

      Very good flavours. It did create a lot of sauce, which made it too wet to be served alongside the suggested spinach saffron risotto.

  • Grilled broccoli salad

    • e_ballad on November 21, 2016

      Quite liked this dish, which fired up the tastebuds with the heat of the chilli & the tang of the lemon.

  • Saffron spinach risotto

    • e_ballad on September 03, 2020

      Excellent side dish.

  • Power-boost salad

    • Mrlew1 on June 20, 2016

      Quick, easy. I used peas instead of edamame and New Zealand spinach instead of rocket or baby spinach. Very good!

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  • ISBN 10 0733331335
  • ISBN 13 9780733331336
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  • Published Sep 01 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries New Zealand
  • Publisher Annabel Langbein Books

Publishers Text

Take time out of your busy schedules to savour life's simple pleasures - the sweetness of a fresh-picked berry, the crunch of a carrot straight from the earth, and the joy to be found in cooking with love for family and friends.

With SIMPLE PLEASURES, Annabel stays true to her philosophy that quality natural ingredients need little in the way of fussy preparation, cooking up an exciting new batch of recipes using seasonal ingredients fresh from her kitchen garden.

Inside, gorgeous photos of Annabel's home-cooked food are interspersed with inspiring images of her verdant vegetable garden and orchard, and the amazing natural landscapes of New Zealand's scenic South Island. As well as more than 150 delicious recipes, SIMPLE PLEASURES features menu suggestions drawn from the accompanying TV series, plus Annabel's musings on living well in today's fast-paced world.

SIMPLE PLEASURES is interactive with Annabel's website, with QR codes on many recipes linking the reader directly to a video of Annabel making that recipe or sharing her tips for simplifying tricky techniques.

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