Leon, Book 4: Family & Friends by Kay Plunkett-Hogge and John Vincent

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  • Stir-fried beef with holy basil (Kay's pad krapow neua)

    • Breadcrumbs on December 04, 2015

      p. 137 – This was excellent! Even though I subbed ground veal for the top sirloin, or perhaps because of this, this dish exceeded our expectations. This is a dish that would be equally welcome at the breakfast table as it would be suited for a lunch or dinner. I used 3 Thai bird chilies which was plenty for us. The egg over top seals the deal and takes this dish to super-star status. I used Chinese long beans. This is a recipe I’ll make again and again. Wonderful, if you’re a fan of Thai food, this is well worth a try.

  • Porchetta on a stick

    • Breadcrumbs on August 24, 2015

      p. 232 – Quick and delicious dish. The recipe suggests marinating “as long as you can” I only had 2 hours but this proved to be adequate and the meat was fragrant and flavourful. I believe that toasting the fennel seeds is key here. I combined them with my rosemary using my mortar and pestle. I added a little balsamic vinegar to the marinade as well and since we were grilling our kabobs I added the garlic to the marinade. This is a keeper and so simple. Photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016328?commentId=9697305#9697305

  • Leon's poker night chilli

    • Sue21 on December 30, 2020

      I added an Oxo Cube, and a fresh Red Chilli (seeds in), and extra Chilli Flakes to make it more spicy.

  • Celeriac Dauphinoise

    • joneshayley on November 27, 2019

      Easy to make, and utterly decadent. Loved by all, and sure to be repeated

  • Bumper beef stew with dumplings

    • TLouise on December 28, 2020

      I don't know why this tastes better than any other stew I've ever made but it does. My sister said it was the best Stew she had ever had. Like all stews it tastes even better the following day.

  • Cabbage, peas and pancetta

    • TLouise on January 04, 2021

      Very tasty side dish I will definitely make again

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Reviews about this book

  • Huffington Post United Kingdom

    Lots of the ideas were quite original - different and interesting twists on dishes that are more familiar as well as lots of less well known recipes.

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  • Fuss Free Flavours

    I’m going to give this book four stars, with the caveat that if you already possess the Nigels, the Nigellas, the Jamies and the Delias there might be little new for you in here...

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  • ISBN 10 1840916095
  • ISBN 13 9781840916096
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  • Published Oct 01 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Octopus Publishing Group
  • Imprint Conran Octopus Ltd

Publishers Text

Leon Family & Friends shows you how to make the most of the time available to feed your family and celebrates the power of food to bring people together. It's divided into three sections:

  • Today, including great breakfasts and brunch ideas and post-school teas,
  • Tomorrow, for those occasions where some planning is involved - weekend lunches, birthday parties, Christmas and picnics
  • and finally; Yesterday, a culinary celebration of family food memories.

With more than 200 recipes and ideas, there are dishes to keep everyone happy. Children will love the snacks in Crunch! Squish! Slurp! Their parents will welcome the quick suppers in After Lights Out. While no teenager should fly the nest without 10 Things to Know How to Cook Before You Leave Home. A new Leon cookbook is something to celebrate and Family & Friends is destined to become a much-used classic on the kitchen bookshelf.

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