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Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

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Notes about this book

  • ellabee on June 18, 2015

    Why no chapter tables of contents, Ten Speed Press? WHY? Resorted to making my own: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rccyGe6-qCSlFLo04ToCy5bP6BqHoWO-tcFrlwjH0kM/pub

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Tomato and pomegranate salad

    • Jane on September 28, 2014

      A very tasty and pretty salad but boy does it take a long time to dice all those tomatoes and peppers into 0.5cm dice (and I only made half quantities). I thought the flavor of the oregano leaves was a bit dominant when I bit on a leaf so I'll skip those next time. He says this serves 4 but I think it stretches to 6 as a side dish.

    • IsaSim on October 29, 2014

      Indeed very long to prepare; maybe cheat with a few pulses in a food processor? That's what I will try next summer: it will be less pretty, but that's the only way there is going to be a repeat... Also, I found the vinaigrette amount too small for the quantity of vegetables, as is, the salad lacked punch to our taste.

    • dinnermints on November 01, 2014

      Tastes delicious and looks pretty, but would have to be at least twice as delicious to justify all of that tiny dicing. Also think this could serve 6.

    • clancotter on January 17, 2015

      Very pretty tastes delicious but makes a lot, would be enough for 6 as a side

    • Dishyrishie on March 15, 2015

      Makes heaps and I'd go a little more 'rustic' on the dice. Another winner from Ottolenghi

    • FJT on June 26, 2015

      Loved this so much I made it again the day after. I didn't dice the tomatoes quite as small as the recipe said - life is too short!!

    • CarltonCaz on May 02, 2016

      I love this dish. The better the tomato the better the final result.

    • hyperbowler on August 10, 2016

      I'm glad I took others' advice about serving size and cut the recipe in half--- this salad doesn't keep well. I used juicy, peak ripeness, heirloom tomatoes and the salad turned into a soup within 24 hours.

  • Sort-of-Waldorf

    • mondraussie on February 07, 2016

      Without a doubt the best coleslaw I've ever eaten!

    • macfadden on July 12, 2016

      Good stuff. Turned out I had less sour cream than I thought I did, but the recipe worked fine with only 1/3 cup.

    • Niemie on March 24, 2017

      I replaced the sour cream with yogurt and had great success.

  • Fancy coleslaw

    • dinnermints on May 26, 2015

      Wonderful. I made this for my husband's birthday BBQ party, and it was perfect.

    • stockholm28 on July 04, 2015

      I liked this slaw, but thought the dill was a little heavy-handed. If I made it again, I'd cut back on the dill. I also would have preferred a little more cabbage and a little less radicchio. I loved the spiced cashews and made double the recipe of those.

  • Raw beetroot and herb salad

    • leahorowitz on October 09, 2014

      Very quick when using a mandoline, very fresh tasting with a nice crunch.

    • Alfazed on August 09, 2015

      Love this salad, I've made it 4 times now. I think there are too many herbs, so I dial it back a bit (and the tarragon can be a bit intense, so it's good to check balance rather than just use the stated amounts). The crunch of the beets and nuts/seeds is great, and I love how the beets are not sweet.

    • dinnermints on February 28, 2016

      Delicious, added some garlic chives because they happened to be in my garden. I used a combination of golden and red beets - very pretty. Could possibly serve 5.

  • Celery salad with feta and soft-boiled egg

    • dinnermints on February 15, 2015

      This recipe was okay, but it was a lot of work for not being much of a show-stopper. However, it is very satisfying - lots of crunchy vegetables, and by the time you're done chewing, you feel like you've done sufficient jaw-work to feel full. It's a great way to make use of your mandoline, if you have one. I would change the thickness and size of the bell peppers, as IMO, they stood out unnecessarily from the rest of the salad. I'd slice them about the same thickness as celery, and then cut the strips in half so they're not so long. Here's a great vid on making/peeling soft-boiled eggs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1_0UYAlzEU Would've liked a wee bit more heat - used jalapenos, but would try serranos next time. Would also segment the lemons the night before if possible, as that took some time.

    • Lizzzzy on October 04, 2016

      Delicious had for lunch as part of my 2 day diet. Loved everything about it, yes a bit of work but worth it.

  • Watercress salad with quail's eggs, ricotta and seeds

    • Rutabaga on April 08, 2015

      This is a nicely balanced mix of watercress, herbs, and seeds, very fresh and bright. I downsized the salad for two, left out the eggs, and substituted goat cheese for ricotta.

  • Fig salad

    • dinnermints on August 09, 2015

      Delicious, but not as jaw-droppingly amazing as some of Ottolenghi's salads can be. Also, takes some time to roast onions and then the hazelnuts.

    • pluralcow on September 25, 2015

      This is a very nice salad, though the components do take some time to pull together. I have made it with figs and also with blackberries subbed for figs (and a fig-balsamic vinegar). Both were very good.

  • Pomelo salad

    • Zosia on June 04, 2015

      Quite a bit of prep required for this but the result was worth the effort: the flavours were fresh and vibrant and the salad had enough textural contrast to keep it interesting. I omitted the raw shallots (not a fan) and used arugula in place of watercress.

  • Pink grapefruit and sumac salad

    • dinnermints on January 10, 2015

      Beautiful and delicious. Some of my guests, after brief apology, drank the dressing off their plates (I may have done so as well in solidarity). I used a guajillo pepper in the dressing, and it worked out well - provided kick and some smokiness, but not so spicy as to overwhelm the salad. I used arugula instead of watercress, which worked fine; and also sliced the grapefruit and made the dressing a day in advance.

    • radishseed on February 05, 2015

      I made the mistake of trying to make this on a weeknight. After prepping the salad greens, supreming the grapefruit, reducing its juice, and cleaning up the sticky mess I made (including all the grapefruit juice that ran off the cutting board and into a drawer full of kitchen towels), I gave up on waiting for the juice to cool and made an egg sandwich for dinner. But the next day (and for the rest of the week), I had a delicious salad all ready to eat. I love grapefruit, and the combination with the bitter greens (and not-so-greens) is delicious.

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 32 - It was love at first sight when I spotted this salad in the book, it looks like art on a plate so if you eat with your eyes, this salad will leave you more than satisfied. I could only find green vs red endive however this dish didn’t suffer for it, except perhaps visually. My grapefruits weren’t as red as those in the book but no matter, I’m sure they were just as tasty. I chuckled when I read the prior reviews about guests drinking the remaining dressing off their plates. I’m not surprised; it really is that good. This isn’t a dish you can throw together when you come home from work at night but let me tell you, every minute you invest in this recipe is worth it. The pay off is ten fold. The combination of basil and watercress is bright and fresh already, but when you add this incredible grapefruit syrup dressing and supremed grapefruit the end result is sublime. Seriously. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9558017#9558017

    • Rutabaga on February 18, 2016

      Since I had some lovely sweet grapefruit on hand, this seemed the perfect time to try this salad. As others have noted, the flavors are wonderful. I left out the onion to accommodate a friend who doesn't like it, but we all felt the flavors were perfectly balanced without it. Since watercress isn't readily available this time of year, I used arugula, which, as dinnermints noted, is a good substitute. And while you can't make the entire salad quickly, but if you supreme the grapefruits and make the dressing in advance, you'll find it comes together quite easily. Use a sharp knife and hold the grapefruits directlty over the colander when slicing them to avoid losing any of the juice.

  • Tart apple and celeriac salad

    • joanhuguet on January 12, 2015

      As Ottolenghi states, a wonderful, bright winter side. I found this to be a nice change from the typical mayo-based celery root salad. Held surprisingly well overnight, with good texture and limited browning - suitable for packing in lunches.

  • Parsley, lemon and cannellini bean salad

    • Melanie on November 05, 2014

      Although I don't have rave reviews for this recipe, it still ticked all the boxes - quick / healthy / tasty - this is a good mid week work lunch meal.

    • Rutabaga on April 12, 2015

      The mint and chopped lemon were very refreshing, but the beans were quite bland. That could just be the canned beans that I used; home cooked beans might make for a more toothsome salad. You could also substitute other varieties of beans; I could see favas being very good.

    • Laura on July 12, 2015

      I had cooked white quinoa and garbanzo beans the day before for another recipe and had plenty of both left over, so decided to use them in this dish. The other modification I made was that I used only 1 TBS of EVOO as I've learned over time to use far less oil than Ottolenghi calls for. I really liked the salad on its own -- it was light and refreshing, and I think it was more attractive than it would have been with the red quinoa. I served it over a mixture of baby greens (red and green chard, tatsoi, arugula and spinach) and it made a lovely light lunch.

    • Astrid5555 on July 03, 2016

      This is the first Ottolenghi salad I have made that did not have the usual flavor explosion, but was rather bland. Maybe because of the canned beans I used and also because my whole large lemon (as opposed to half a lemon in the recipe) yielded only half the lemon flesh needed for this salad. Instead I added ground cumin and feta cheese, my go-to flavor enhancers and this worked quite well. Still would probably not repeat.

    • kari500 on September 02, 2016

      We really liked this, but did think it needed more lemon. I added lemon juice and that did the trick. Wasn't sure I was tasting much of the mint, but that could have been a problem with my mint.

  • Orange and date salad

    • mondraussie on November 16, 2014

      Didn't live up to its promise. The combination of ingredients was worth another go, but the dressing didn't do it for me.

    • moppe on April 19, 2015

      Found the flavor combination wonderful. Wasn't so sure about that when I put everything together, but then the flavors just melted together and I enjoyed a very intense and flavorful salad. Didn't use rocket, though, but romana and treviso because rocket was sold out. The oranges I use were very sweet, I think this would work great with not so sweet oranges as well (found it a little bit to sweet for a salad).

    • Melanie on November 25, 2016

      We really enjoyed this, great combination of flavours.

    • lou_weez on January 19, 2017

      This was a sensational salad that was a little bit different. I added a few more dates and next time might reduce the oranges by 1.

  • Spring salad

    • Fiona on November 26, 2014

      This is the perfect spring salad - a friend had just given me the last of their broad beans for the season so wanted to do them justice. This salad is really tasty and a great way to serve these ingredients while in season.

    • aargle on December 02, 2014

      We all loved this salad and it was very quick to pull together. I used frozen broad beans as unable to find fresh.

    • KarinaFrancis on October 18, 2015

      This was a lovely fresh salad to go with some rich lamb. Its a symphony of green, so looks pretty as well as tasting good.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      This makes a great side salad. I really love the addition of the nigella seeds.

  • Dakos

    • mondraussie on September 08, 2016

      I used home made labneh instead of feta. Delicious!

    • westminstr on September 23, 2016

      I subbed stale-bread croutons for my freezer, tossed with olive oil and toasted until golden brown and dry, for the rusks. Also omitted the all-spice. Otherwise made as written and everyone really enjoyed it!

  • Caramelised fig, orange and feta salad

    • Avocet on August 30, 2015

      We were not impressed with this salad. There is a lot of fussing with the figs, oranges and dressing that sounded interesting, but we felt ultimately detracted from the clarity of the flavors of the ingredients. The amount of the Pernod was excessive, even though I reduced the amount. The anise seeds were a good addition, however.

    • Dishyrishie on February 05, 2017

      Next time we'd use marinated goats cheese to give a bit more acidity. We also didn't have Pernod so used gin instead. Think Pernod would have been a but too much aniseed.

  • Steamed aubergine with sesame and spring onions

    • Rinshin on May 25, 2015

      Not bad, but could be better. The taste is tad too sweet for me but it's not cloyingly sweet. By itself, it's a standard Japanese and Asian eggplant preparation. I dressed it up with the addition of char grilled shishito peppers for some textural contrast. I felt that amount of dressing/sauce could have been doubled for the amount of eggplant and photo in the book was not true to it's amount. Used Chinese eggplant.

  • Rice salad with nuts and sour cherries

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 54 – Fabulous dish! I made half and this recipe still produced a LOT of salad. I used some incredibly malty-nutty wild rice I brought back from a trip to Manitoba and it alone was so aromatic I’d have been happy if that were the only grain in the dish. But it wasn’t. Of course I then got to add in my favourite rice, basmati and on top of that, quinoa. Even mr bc who doesn’t take a huge interest in any side dishes that don’t involve potatoes couldn’t help asking about this dish as the house just got more and more delicious-smelling as I prepared this recipe. The toasted nuts and caramelized onions sent him over the edge and one of our guests almost shouted “caramelized onions and sun-dried sour cherries” when I was describing what went into this dish because he was so excited about the thought of it! No surprise this paired perfectly with our grilled lamb. So delicious! Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9558026#9558026

    • caitmcg on June 25, 2015

      I made this with wild rice, Camargue red rice, and brown basmati rice because I had them on hand and it was delicious, and a huge hit at the potluck I took it to. I have also had it made with quinoa as written, and I prefer the texture when made with all rices. Yield is about double that indicated.

    • Aggie92 on June 27, 2015

      Another delicious recipe from Mr. Ottolenghi! Since I was only cooking for 2, I cut the recipe in half and we still have a generous amount of salad left for at least 2 more nights. A half recipe easily feeds 6-8 as a side. I really liked the combination of flavors. Used a little extra lemon juice (another half lemon) since I like a zippy lemon flavor on my grain salads. Sadly I didn't have any arugula so had to leave it out. Will most definitely make this again.

    • Frogcake on June 13, 2016

      Like others, I found this to be delicious and easy to prepare. (Don't mind all the pots and pans!) I did not have arugula and used kale instead. As well, I substituted dried cranberries soaked in lemon in place of sour cherries. We were all very happy to take this for lunch the following day!

    • Astrid5555 on March 18, 2017

      Delicious and for an Ottolenghi recipe quite quick to prepare. Made with a brown and wild rice mixture, and left out the quinoa since I made another quinoa salad as well. Really enjoyed the sour cherries in this one! Will definitely be making again!

  • Lemon and curry leaf rice

    • Melanie on October 12, 2014

      Fantastic, will definitely make this again. Essentially, you boil some water with the herbs and spices before mixing in with the rice and baking. I loved the taste of the rice after all the flavours infused. Although I added the lemon and butter mix at the end I don't really feel that this is an essential component.

    • dinnermints on November 01, 2014

      I made this the regular ol' way in a pot because I prefer brown rice (and the oven was occupied) and didn't have time to experiment. Once I figure out what works for baking brown rice in the oven, I'll try this again. Probably didn't need that much butter at the end, if any.

    • tofudogg on January 15, 2015

      We made this for dinner tonight, and we all loved it. I used brown basmati and just used more water for the infusion. I also soaked the brown rice for 30 minutes instead of 15. The flavor and texture of the right was great. I do agree that the butter at the end was too much. I think I will do it with just lemon juice next time. My son, a butter fan, did love all the butter.

    • dinnermints on February 22, 2015

      Update: Used brown basmati rice and 3 1/4 cups of water. I didn't increase the soaking time for the rice, but baked it for 40-45min .Thirty-five min. of that was at 375, since I find his oven temps to be a bit too high sometimes (although I don't think that's the case here) - next time will keep it at 400. I used two tablespoons of butter, and next time will cut it down to one tablespoon. I'll also try decreasing the salt by 1/4 tsp. This time I used frozen curry leaves - fresh were definitely more flavorful. But overall it was still delicious.

    • debkellie on May 29, 2016

      Really, really tasty.. I liked his head note, which is why I tried it. Would definitely do again. And I think it does need the butter!!

  • Saffron, date and almond rice

    • Jane on October 09, 2014

      This was a technique I had never used before for rice. A 2 hour soak in salty lukewarm water, a very brief boil (4 minutes) then a 35 min very gentle steam with minimal added water. It worked really well - perfectly cooked and separated grains of rice. The top layer of rice was maybe a little undercooked and quite lukewarm as the heat didn't really reach the top of the pan. But once it was topped with the Iranian vegetable stew with dried limes (p.146) I was serving it with, those quibbles didn't matter. Because the saffron soaked water is drizzled on at the end before a last 10 minute rest, the grains are distinctly white or yellow, which looks pretty.

  • Miso vegetables and rice with black sesame dressing

    • dinnermints on May 01, 2015

      This was good, and I'd probably make it again. I used kombu to make dashi, and I think the dashi stock powder would've been quicker and more flavorful. I used sweet brown rice instead of sushi rice, and that worked out well (1.5 cups dry to 3 cups water for 45min then let it sit for 10min - was maybe a bit too much water). Next time I'd try seasoning the rice a bit and/or either wouldn't reduce the sauce quite so much or make a bit more sauce. It does look lovely with the black sesame seed dressing.

  • Tomato and roasted lemon salad

    • Barb_N on January 16, 2015

      I made a variation of this I found on the Kitchn- using the dressing to baste chicken and roasting with sliced citrus to get the charred effect. Great flavors without having to wait for tomato season. I would cut way down on the olive oil- the chicken doesn't need it. I plan to make the real recipe when summer comes around.

    • Rutabaga on January 26, 2015

      I admit it's a bit unfair for me to rate this recipe with three stars, as I have the feeling that with better ingredients it would be a solid four for me. It didn't quite come together, and I think a lackluster pomegranate and winter tomatoes were the culprit. Also, I didn't have red onion on hand, so substituted scallions, which just weren't the best match. The roasted lemon is intriguing, but needed stronger flavors from the other ingredients in order to match its potency. Too bad pomegranates and cherry tomatoes don't come into season together around here! Still, I want to try it again with a better pomegranate and (hopefully) tastier tomatoes.

  • Rice noodles with spring onions and soy beans

    • Rutabaga on May 04, 2016

      I made this dish using ingredients I happened to already have on hand. This meant fewer spring onions and more edamame than Ottolenghi calls for, and no cilantro. I also used up some extra wide rice noodles from the freezer, which I have decided are not my favorite rice noodle, but worked much better here than I had expected. This was really a great, quick dinner dish, and being as it incorporates only a few very basic fresh ingredients (spring onions, lime, cilantro), this is a good recipe to reach for when you don't have much in the fridge and still want something fresh and vibrant tasting.

  • Spicy turnip

    • bellatavia on October 16, 2016

      We love turnips, and this recipe was too pungent, bitter, andcrunchy for us. We loved the dressing but found the turnips not showcased at their best in this dish. A surprising disappointment from Yotam Ottolenghi.

  • Sprouting broccoli and edamame salad with curry leaves and coconut

    • Melanie on October 12, 2014

      Another winner. I didn't use fresh coconut, substituting dried coconut flakes, however I didn't think that this was missing anything. This one definitely works well by itself as a meal, although the suggested pairing of the lemon and curry leaf rice would also be great.

    • Dishyrishie on January 09, 2015

      Delicious. Would pair it with An Indian banquet and it's a great one to take to a BBQ and surprise friends. ah Yottam is the king of vege dishes.

    • okcook on January 25, 2016

      We enjoyed the Indian flavours here. I used baby lima beans and only put in 100 grams which was fine because we wouldn't have wanted more beans in the dish. I also only used one chilli and it was plenty hot enough for us.

    • tekobo on February 17, 2017

      Relatively simple to put together - for an Ottolenghi recipe! Mark loved the soy beans and I, for the first time, ate the fresh curry leaves and enjoyed them rather than fishing them out as spent flavouring like I have in curries.

  • Beetroot, avocado and pea salad

    • RosieB on November 22, 2014

      A great salad with wow factor. A good dish for a dinner party as you can do most of the prep in advance.

    • mondraussie on May 10, 2015

      Maybe a little more dressing next time? A little dry, but very tasty

  • Sprouting broccoli with sweet tahini

    • Rutabaga on May 01, 2015

      I wanted to like this more than I did; it was good, but felt a little lacking. To be fair, I used only purple sprouting broccoli - no haricots verts or snow peas - and I think that made the dish a little less interesting. I may have also used too much broccoli, as the flavors of the dressing seemed to get a little lost in it. The dressing itself was quite good; I tasted it before dressing the broccoli, so perhaps my ratio of dressing to broccoli was just a bit off.

    • pennyvr on August 10, 2016

      Delicious. I left the salt out of the dressing, and microwaved the veggies instead of blanching. This was easy to make and well received.

  • Peas with sorrel and mustard

    • Rutabaga on April 29, 2015

      This recipe is pretty quick and easy - certainly compared with most of the Plenty More recipes! It's great to have a different way to prepare frozen peas, and perfect for spring, when sorrel is available at the farmer's market. With the exception of the sorrel (and the dry mustard, which I simply omitted), the ingredients are ones I typically have on hand. It would be good without sorrel, too, but I'd add some lemon juice to give it a little tang in that case.

    • krista_jo on August 07, 2015

      This recipe was extremely delicious -- it elevated frozen peas to a new level -- and will enter my regular repertoire. I substituted arugula for sorrel, which, alas, is impossible to obtain where I live.

  • Tagliatelle with walnuts and lemon

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      One of the first recipes I made from this. I used fresh pasta but you could definitely substitute for a fettuccini if you need to. I've been thinking of trying this with pecans for someone who is allergic to walnuts.

    • Yildiz100 on November 28, 2016

      Very good, worth doing again, but maybe not right away with so many years good pasta recipes out there. I had to use dried sage and was afraid of overdoing it, so I started with about half a teaspoon. I added about 50% more at the end and it definitely woke the dish up. The toasted walnuts were divine -my new favorite pasta ingredient.

  • Brussels sprout risotto

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on March 04, 2017

      Lekker. Hele kleine spruitjes, niet gefrituurd, gewoon in z'n geheel gebruikt. Verder rode wijn in plaats van witte gebruikt, geen probleem.

  • Legume (noodle) soup

    • Brieforme on April 27, 2015

      This is a strange and surprising recipe. Tasty.

    • dinnermints on January 17, 2016

      This was good, but took forever. Both the lima beans and split peas (maybe mine were old?) took much longer to cook than the recipe says. I also didn't soak the beans with baking soda, which I find leaves an unpleasant aftertaste and negatively affects the nutritional value of the beans. Next time I would plan to cook the split peas for 1.5 hours, and then cook the lima beans and chickpeas the night before. Or....could cook onions/garlic on high in the slow cooker (with lid off) and then add pre-soaked lima beans, chickpeas and stock (maybe a couple of extra cups of stock), and cook slowly during the day. Needed more salt, at least 1/2 tsp extra. The lime was fantastic. Also, next time would add the green onions with the noodles and add the spinach and rest of the herbs when the noodles have 5 minutes or so left to cook.

  • Hot and sour mushroom soup

    • dinnermints on December 31, 2014

      This soup had great flavor, BUT - this recipe has an error in it! DO NOT add the enoki and white mushroom to the stock to cook for 45 minutes! They're supposed to be added after the stock has been strained. In the recipe (in the U.S. version), you'll see that they're added twice. Unfortunately I didn't see this error until it was too late, and sadly strained the mushrooms out with the rest of the stock veggies because after 45 min all of their flavor went into the broth. I double-checked with the online version on the Guardian's website to be sure. I think the tamarind paste is also supposed to be added at the end instead of to the stock. Otherwise, would make this soup again, making the stock the night before.

  • Spicy chickpea and bulgar soup

    • Laura on March 13, 2015

      Pg. 86. I found this to be quite disappointing. The amount of bulgar called for was way too much as it absorbed most of the broth and the dish became more a 'chickpea and bulgar side dish' than a soup. It was quite spicy on its own from the harissa, but once I added the creamed feta paste the spice level fell to almost nothing. The feta paste was very tasty on its own and made a good spread on toast. I won't be making the soup again, but I would make the paste.

    • dinnermints on March 24, 2016

      With some changes, this soup (more like a stew) was very good. Given the previous reviewer's notes, I used 6 cups of broth (and 3 cups of chickpeas instead of 2.5), and used 1/3 cup minced preserved lemon (peel and flesh) instead of the teaspoon of salt. I used some very flavorful bean pot liquor for the broth, which I'm sure helped, and also added more harissa directly to my bowl of soup to taste. I made the creamed feta paste too, and substituting low fat Greek yogurt for the creme fraiche worked out just dandy. With all of these changes, both my husband and I loved it.

  • Thai red lentil soup with aromatic chilli oil

    • MelissaM0223 on November 02, 2014

      This is delicious. I didn't make the chili oil, and omitted the kaffir lime leaves but it was still great. Serve with some crusty bread!

    • Evicko31 on November 22, 2014

      The chilli oil is worth the effort! It also tastes better the next day.

    • dinnermints on January 10, 2015

      Wonderful! Made 1.5 recipe and froze some.

    • mondraussie on January 14, 2015

      Excellent... a bit thick though, would add more liquid next time.

    • ramyaviv on March 30, 2016

      This was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Do make the chili oil (the smell alone is worth it!) and follow the instructions exactly. We loved it!

    • Melanie on July 18, 2016

      We really enjoyed this! Great flavour, added some extra water at the end to loosen the soup. Will double next time.

  • Alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad

    • radishseed on April 21, 2015

      This is awesome. The spinach doesn't incorporate well with the rest of the salad, though. I feel like it should be wilted or maybe chopped into smaller pieces. I do like the bit of green and snap it adds. I also threw some toasted sliced almonds on top.

    • Breadcrumbs on May 25, 2015

      p. 105 - This dish combines a number of familiar and delicious flavours in an unconventional way. I make chickpea curries, I make curried cauliflower and I’ve served each with mango chutney but never a salad combining these ingredients. In the recipe head note, YO professes his love for the Alphonso Mango and it was his passion for this fruit that really attracted me to this recipe as I suspected he’d be using it in a way to really highlight its flavours. This is indeed a dish where the mango plays a starring role visually, flavour-wise and texturally. In our case, the cooling sweet effect of the mango was to perfect counter to the spicy heat of the curry. This is definitely one of the best curried vegetable salads we’ve ever eaten. Well worth a try, delicious! Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9576990#9576990

    • TrishaCP on May 31, 2015

      This had quite a few steps, but great flavor if you like mangoes and curry. I didn't have time to soak and cook the chickpeas so I used one can- rinsed and heated with the onion mixture. I sauteed the cauliflower longer than required to get more color- and I would be tempted to skip the parboiling step in the future to save a pot- I think if the florets are small enough just sautéing is ok. I agree that the spinach would be better chopped finely for more even distribution, but really this is a minor detail- overall, this is a really nice dish.

    • dinnermints on October 15, 2015

      This was good, although I'd decrease the oil next time. Also, I didn't use the baking soda with the chickpeas, but did cook them with some added vegetables and later on salt for flavor. I think this is the only Ottolenghi dish I've made so far that could've used a little more salt (maybe I accidentally skimped/omitted somewhere). It also took me longer to get color on both the onion and the cauliflower - not sure if that was because I was using a cast iron skillet. Also, I'd try toasting the mustard seeds separately next time, since the coriander and cumin were getting a bit brown and the mustard seeds still weren't popping.

    • kari500 on November 05, 2016

      Used canned beans and regular mango. LOVED it.

  • Candy beetroot with lentils and yuzu

    • erin g on December 27, 2014

      I used fresh yuzu, and seasoned it a bit more than the recipe called for. If you do get a fresh yuzu, making yuzu salt with the zest and some salt rubbed together makes a nice finishing touch. I also used baby arugula, and it subbed in fine.

  • Quinoa porridge with grilled tomatoes and garlic

    • Rutabaga on September 26, 2016

      As usual with Ottolenghi, the flavor combination here is really superb. My quinoa did not turn out very porridge-y, however, and I was concerned that adding much more stock would overcook it. The benefit was that it could be served on a plate. It's really the blistered tomatoes and herb oil that make the dish, of course. Unfortunately, the Vitamix has difficulty blending herb oil in small amounts, so it took a long time to blend, but other than that, this is an actually a simple dish to prepare.

  • Stuffed courgettes

    • amandashestokes on August 12, 2015

      Really delicious! The wall of my zucchini broke during cooking, so some of the rice exploded out and most of the sauce absorbed, but it was delicious anyway. I forgot to make the yogurt sauce, but next I'll be sure to because I'm that additional layer of flavor would knock it out of the park. Full disclosure, I used a GIANT zucchini from a co-worker's garden and cut it in half for this. So, the exploding rice was my fault because I had to craft an end to the zucchini half our of a weak seed wall.

    • Rutabaga on September 20, 2015

      I won't rate this one as I overcooked the zucchini and don't feel qualified to judge. After cooking them for roughly 45 minutes, I ended up needing to leave the house, and simply turned off the store and let them zucchini sit. Hours later, I came home to find the rice had swollen to the point of sogginess, and the zucchini were quite waterlogged. Except for some of the rice that had spilled over into the cooking liquid, they were still edible, just not especially tasty (although the yogurt sauce really is a good addition). I had added extra water to the pan to help ensure everything would cook thoroughly, but in retrospect I think I added too much. This probably contributed to the sogginess, too.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I found it a bit difficult to scoop out the courgettes but overall it was delicious. I felt my rice needed to cook for a bit longer but the flavours were really delicious. It really isn't a pretty recipe as mentioned in the book. The yogurt sauce was fantastic!

  • Green beans with freekeh and tahini

    • RosieB on October 30, 2014

      This was a tasty side dish. The sauce was very thick so next time I will reduce the amount of tahini. I didn't have chervil but I added the walnuts which gave the dish a nice crunch.

    • joanhuguet on August 13, 2015

      We found this inedible - the thick sauce and boiled grain coated the delicate fresh beans in a stodgy, brown glop. We rinsed off the sauce and ate the beans plain instead.

    • Jane on September 09, 2015

      I needed a more substantial side than just green beans so I increased the freekeh proportion. I liked the sauce - my tahini was quite thin so I think that helped. Though if you have a thicker tahini, you can thin the sauce by adding water. I didn't have chervil and didn't add the walnuts - I didn't feel like it was missing anything.

  • Urad dal with coconut and coriander

    • dinnermints on December 15, 2014

      I really wanted to like this recipe, but have to agree with the other person who rated it a three. It both tasted and looked watery despite doing a "rapid boil" at the end as recommended in the recipe for an additional 15-20min. And overall, it just needed more flavor. That being said, I did add the garam masala closer to the end of the cooking time, as several websites mentioned that adding it at the beginning of a recipe could produce a bitter flavor. This is the first time I've cooked with urad dal - delicious, and nice that they hold their shape. As for the coconut, this is the second time I've purchased a coconut to make something in this book and the coconut turned out to be rotten....have a lot to learn about coconut selection. If you've read this far in this review and have some tricks of the trade on this front, I'm all ears.

    • oakandsage on September 16, 2016

      I did the version of this that appeared in the Guardian, rather than the version in Plenty More, so I'm not sure if it was the same. I did it in the pressure cooker and it came out thick and rich and flavorful - I didn't have a problem with it being watery or bland. I grind my own garam masala, which probably has an impact on the flavor.

    • tekobo on February 26, 2017

      Made with white urad dal and didn't soak. Came out nutty and with a slight bite and tasted great. When I select coconuts I shake them to see if they have liquid in and have never had any problems with the quality - may have more to do with our local shop than my skill at selecting coconuts!

  • Lentils with mushroom and preserved lemon ragout

    • Poppyseedbagel on March 01, 2015

      I have made this twice and it's lovely. I can't get or afford fresh porcini so use big chestnut mushrooms and just increase the amount of dried mushrooms. The combination of the lentil mixture, and the mushrooms together is gorgeous. I also don't add the cream – to keep it low saturated fat. So I just boil everything down for a long time – this takes a lot longer than Yotam'a instructions, but still results in a delicious mixture. Doing it this way, this quantity serves three of us, eaten with bread.

  • Sweet and sour leeks with goat's curd and currants

    • Laura on November 18, 2014

      Pg. 123. We really enjoyed this dish. I used dried cranberries in place of the currants and goat cheese in place of the goat's curd, which I've never seen. The onion dressing provided a really nice tangy/sweet accent. If I make this again, I'd eliminate the goat cheese -- I really felt that it detracted from our overall enjoyment of the dish. I'd also cook the leeks longer than the recipe directs.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      The first time I made this dish it blew me and my partner out of the water. It's so delicate and the sweetness of the currants (which I soaked for a while) and the goat curds was phenomenal. I disagree with the other note, I think the cheese is essential for the complex subtlety of the recipe. I went to our cheese shop and bought a high quality very creamy goat cheese. (The cheese monger suggested that as long as I got a really fresh and soft goat cheese it would be okay in place of the curd which they didn't have).

  • Butternut squash with buckwheat polenta and tempura lemon

    • dinnermints on April 29, 2015

      This was good, but not sure if it was worth the work. The tempura lemon would have helped, but I ran out of time to do it. I didn't rate this because I think it may have been a bit lost on me due to currently having no sense of smell.

    • Tealismyname on March 17, 2016

      Good, but not great. The butternut squash was absolutely delicious but felt that the polenta was missing something. According to Ottolenghi's alterations I made this with only polenta, so maybe if I had toasted the buckwheat it would have given it more texture. Like the other poster, I did not make the tempura lemon. I did sprinkle a tiny bit of feta which added a bit. This is definitely more of a side dish rather than a main dish. Using the leftover polenta to make polenta cakes for dinner tonight.

  • Lentils, radicchio and walnuts with manuka honey

    • dinnermints on May 18, 2016

      Very nice flavor. I made 1.5 recipe, used 3/4 tsp maras chile pepper, doubled the herbs, and used a whole head of radicchio. I might use a bit less honey next time - maybe 120g (instead of 150g for 1.5 recipe). There was a little more honey paste than I needed, so I drizzled it over the walnuts before baking...next time I'd reserve it, since it just made honey leather between the walnuts (reserved honey paste would be great on bread served alongside, or just eaten with a spoon, truth be told). For a weeknight, next time I'd try to prep the herbs and nuts the night before.

  • Fennel with capers and olives

    • ncollyer on November 15, 2014

      Very tasty. I used the suggested versus substitute and it gave a nice complexity to the sauce. Will make again.

    • dinnermints on February 28, 2016

      Great flavor, and lovely rustic-looking dish. I used high heat in my cast iron skillet to get the fennel slices good and browned. The ricotta was a delightful addition. I also used the verjuice substitution and found it worked well.

  • Mushrooms, garlic and shallots with lemon ricotta

    • Foodycat on November 03, 2014

      I used white wine instead of Pernod. And I used a vegetable stock cube, without adding more liquid - the vegetables throw off plenty to make a good rich broth. We had it with rice. It's extraordinary how well tarragon goes with mushrooms!

  • Iranian vegetable stew with dried lime

    • Jane on October 09, 2014

      This was an easy every night dinner and very good. It also looked very pretty - orange squash, red tomatoes and green spinach. I thought I had dried limes but when I pulled them out they were dried lemons, so I used them instead. They added a subtle sharpness to the sauce, quite different to fresh lemon juice. I'm going to search out some limes for next time I make it and see how they differ. The first night I served it with plain boiled rice and the second night I made Saffron, date and almond rice (p.61). Either is fine, though I preferred the second.

    • Rutabaga on November 20, 2014

      Unfortunately, my husband did not enjoy this dish, although I liked it. This was primarily because he's not a fan of squash, and while I had hoped this savory preparation with a variety of vegetables would overcome that, this was not the case. Also, my squash became very soft, while the potatoes were only just done, and neither the squash nor potatoes were browned like they are in the photo here. It was still a beautiful dish, but not for the squash-averse! If I made it again, I would add more barberries and stir in some powdered dried lime, as those gave the stew its special sourness, and we both felt those flavors could have been stronger.

  • Grilled lettuce with farro and lemon

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 151 – As a kid I used to turn my nose up at salad. To me, salad was boring. This is a salad for any salad-haters out there. This salad will change the minds of anyone who thinks a salad can’t be a meal; it’s something special! YO describes this as being similar to a Caesar & I’d agree. But then it’s a bit more than that. The grilled romaine is warm and smoky, the dressing is so bright and fresh then you have the earthy Parmesan and the crunchy croutons. Salad heaven! This is the first time I’ve cooked farro and it definitely won’t be the last. There’s just enough of this toothsome, nutty grain in here to elevate this dish from salad to meal. Farro made this a hearty salad. This salad with its anise-infused dressing reminded me how much I love tarragon. Tarragon leaves are roughly chopped and tossed in at the last minute so you have a fresh burst tarragon in almost every bite. Perfect. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9556977#9556977

  • Squash with labneh and pickled walnut salsa

    • dinnermints on November 14, 2016

      This was okay....perhaps it suffered due to my tweaks. I used kabocha squash, and that maybe wasn't the best fit for this recipe (also roasted it instead of grilling); used greek yogurt instead of labneh, and goat cheese would have been better. But even then, I'd use more salsa. Still, not sure if I'd make it again.

  • Grilled ziti with feta

    • HazukaPie on October 03, 2016

      This is in the index under "Pasta". Page 144

    • e_ballad on March 16, 2017

      Monumentally cheesy with equal quantities of pasta & cheese. Very tasty, but will be unlikely to make a regular appearance on the menu for fear of cardiac arrest!

  • Sweetcorn slaw

    • Rutabaga on July 26, 2015

      This is a delicious variation on coleslaw, with a good variety of textures and tastes. Compared with many of the recipes in Plenty More, the ingredients in this one are pretty basic, and the preparation is not too time consuming. If you are grilling, make the slaw ahead of time, then add the corn fresh off the grill.

    • twoyolks on August 16, 2016

      This was great. The sweetness of the corn really compliments the tanginess of the dressing. The herbs are also nice. I shredded the cabbage on a grater but that really made it too small. I'd use a knife in the future.

    • erinreine on September 21, 2016

      We really enjoyed this salad, nice mix of flavours. I used two larger chiles and it was a quite spicy, I would probably just use one next time. Added some finely chopped celery leaves as I couldn't get hold of any cilantro (bizarre shortage this week I guess) and it was delicious regardless. Used the julienne blade on the food processor for the cabbage and it seemed just the right size. It held up well as leftovers the next day too.

  • Butternut tataki and udon noodle salad

    • dinnermints on December 19, 2015

      Good flavor and would make again, but would roast squash batons instead of grilling all of these small vegetable pieces, which took forever.

  • Courgette 'baba ganoush'

    • leahorowitz on July 20, 2015

      A nice variation on baba ganoush. Don't like roquefort, used some feta cubes instead. My (rather thin) courgettes were done after about 30 minutes in the oven.

  • Corn on the cob with miso mayonnaise

    • RosieB on October 14, 2015

      This is fantastic. Easy to prepare. The miso and tamarind gives this a huge taste boost. Great for a barbeque.

  • Aubergine with black garlic

    • Rutabaga on September 29, 2016

      After I started making this dish, I realized that it was not the recipe I had intended to make - that would have been the aubergine and black garlic recipe from Nopi! Never mind, I will try that one next. The flavor of this dish is really great, definitely out of the ordinary. It's also very easy to make the separate components of this dish in advance and throw it together quickly right before serving. For herbs, I used dill and cilantro. My eggplants were getting a little old, however, and were smaller than the ones Ottolenghi used, so they became quite mushy after 30 minutes in the oven. They tasted fine, but the texture was a little odd. Worse than odd to my five-year-old, who simply did not like this dish (perhaps it's too sophisticated for his palate). Also, the recipe makes far more black garlic sauce than you need for the salad, so halve it or plan to do something with the leftovers.

  • Squash with cardamom and nigella seeds

    • dinnermints on November 01, 2014

      The flavors in this recipe were excellent, but the cooking method was a bit strange. Putting a cup of broth over the squash before roasting it made it a bit mushy - would not make it that way again. I think just omitting the broth would do the trick.

    • debkellie on May 29, 2016

      We liked this dish: the balance of flavours was great (served with the suggested side). Yes, method was strange.. but my Kent pumpkin needed longer (even with the stock!). Recommended.

  • Honey-roasted carrots with tahini yoghurt

    • twoyolks on December 28, 2015

      The carrots are well cooked and just caramelized enough without being too caramelized. The spices compliment the carrots nicely but I might consider grinding them more finely in the future. The carrots are good on their own but the yogurt-tahini sauce elevates them even further.

    • dinnermints on January 02, 2016

      This was a side dish at our New Year's Eve dinner, and our guests raved about it. Our carrot-averse guest even liked the dish. Another guest wasn't particularly fond of cumin and felt it was often over-used, but was perfect in this recipe. All in all a very successful and uncomplicated dish, would make again. And I agree with twoyolks - the sweetness of the carrots combined with the tangy garlic tahini sauce brought it up to another level.

    • Melanie on November 25, 2016

      Agree with the previous reviewers - the caramelised carrots work really well with the tahini yoghurt.

  • Red onions with walnut salsa

    • Barb_N on January 04, 2015

      I wanted to love, or even like this recipe. The onions just didn't work- perhaps if they were grilled so they were still crunchy but charred, but they ended up a little soft and didn't add to the dish, even though they are supposed to be the star. It is worth trying again because of the walnut 'salsa'.

    • SugarFree_Vegan on October 25, 2015

      Pg 176 - We loved the onions along with the salsa (although I felt that the salsa was a bit too vinegary even for me and I usually adore sharp food), we served this alongside Yotam's Squash with Cardamom and Nigella Seeds (pg 172 - same book) and some artisan bread for a great late supper.

  • Cauliflower, grape and cheddar salad

    • Melanie on October 12, 2014

      Great mix of flavours and textures. I enjoyed this more than I had expected and loved that each mouthful had a different "pop" of flavour.

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 178 - Even the word delicious somehow seems inadequate to describe this unique and flavour-packed salad. I think the fact that the combination of ingredients is so unusual really adds to the overall appeal of this dish, it creates a totally new taste-sensation in your mouth. The toasty crunchiness of the roasted hazelnuts, the fresh, juicy flavour bursts from the grapes, the sweetness of the honey and the tang of the Dijon and vinegar, somehow this all comes together to produce something truly sensational. This is a salad I’ll be serving when I entertain for years to come. Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe. Thanks to those who wholeheartedly endorsed this on the “Cookbooks” thread, you were absolutely right!! Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9556919#9556919

    • TrishaCP on May 29, 2015

      I am not a huge cauliflower fan, but this was absolutely wonderful. I served it for a barbecue, and like Breadcrumbs, everyone wanted the recipe- the consensus favorite of my guests were the bits of toasted hazelnuts and the cheddar cheese (I used a sharp white). I made a double batch and had some leftover, but while still tasty, the dressing gets really strong overnight. It made eating the salad a second day almost like eating a pickle. ETA: July 26, 2015- I have made this for a few potlucks at this point. There is never any leftover, and everyone wants the recipe.

    • westminstr on October 31, 2016

      As others have said, a very nice salad and perfect for fall. My cheddar was rather strong (I used an aged English cheddar) and I actually think I would have preferred something a bit milder. But overall great salad.

  • Aubergines with crushed chickpeas and herb yoghurt

    • okcook on March 04, 2016

      I love the way the eggplants come out from the oven. Nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I used cooking spray rather than all the oil called for and I resprayed them half way through. The yoghurt mixture wasn't at room temp so it made the dish not as appealing as a dinner side. Next time I will leave it out on the counter. This is a great summer dish. It can all be prepared ahead of time.

  • Carrot and mung bean salad

    • runoutofshelves on September 16, 2014

      made it in a hurry, a terrific light lunch full of flavour, I weakened and had it with a glass of white wine

    • j_knapp on May 08, 2015

      Substitute puy lentils for mung beans

    • eeeve on May 26, 2015

      Hmmm, afraid this wasn't for us. Somehow the texture and flavours weren't right, the garlicky dressing was way too strong, and eating it sadly felt like a chore. Admittedly, we didn't caramelise the carrots but grated and added them raw, which may be totally where we'd gone wrong, but we really don't feel like repeating it either way.

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with pomelo and star anise

    • moppe on November 07, 2015

      Delicious, love the grapefruit marinated in the star anise and cinammon syrup. Works great with brussels sprout. Will make again.

    • dinnermints on March 23, 2016

      Fantastic flavors. I used one less tablespoon of olive oil for roasting, and that worked out fine.

  • Smoked beetroot with yoghurt and caramelised macadamias

    • ksg518 on August 24, 2016

      Typical Ottolenghi -- a fair amount of work for a great result. This really doesn't take much longer than roasting beets would since you just add the smoking step in the beginning. But smoking the beets requires lots of setup. The end result is a wonderful salad of sliced sweet and smoky beets topped with a yogurt dressing. The caramelized macadamias add a great pop of sweetness and texture. If there's a downside (besides the time it takes), it would be that my kitchen still had a smoky smell the next morning.

  • Sweet potatoes with orange bitters

    • rmardel on December 20, 2014

      Excellent recipe. A bit of a production to put together, but well worth the effort. The liquid with the potatoes makes a sweet caramelized glazed on the potatoes yielding bites that are simultaneously crunchy, sticky, and soft. The saltines and creaminess of the goat cheese compliments the potatoes well.

    • tracyfox on January 02, 2015

      Made a half recipe and felt the garlic and herbs didn't really come through (and I was even a few teaspoons short of the 2 tablespoons of bitters requried). I definitely overcooked it as the coating was beyond sticky in places and the pan was a real mess. Next time I'll have an extra cup or two of orange juice on hand to keep deglazing and pre-line the pan with foil as it was a two SOS pad cleanup.

    • clkandel on December 17, 2015

      Love this dish! I used orange bitters to add to the orange flavor. I wasn't sure the recipe was going to work, but it caramelized perfectly in the last 15 minutes. The pan was quite sticky but cleaned up by just soaking it with water and dish soap.

    • e_ballad on November 30, 2016

      This was sensational. Please read the instructions closely & don't throw away the excess glaze when you put the sweet potato wedges on the baking tray - you'll need it to keep coating the wedges for tasty sticky yumminess. Speaking of trays, if you like yours, I recommend covering it using foil topped with baking paper to put your wedges on - I suspect you'd be scrubbing for days otherwise.

  • Beetroot and rhubarb salad

    • leahorowitz on April 18, 2015

      Nice spring salad. Instead of roasting the beets whole for an hour, I cut them into thin slices (ca. 2 mm) and roasted them together with the rubarb for 10 mins.

    • caitmcg on July 10, 2016

      Interesting and pretty salad. I used 3 tsp. pom molasses and 4 tsp. grade B maple syrup in the dressing and liked the sweet-sour balance with those proportions. I used feta instead of Gorgonzola (I don't care for blue cheese), and liked its saltiness against the sweet elements.

  • Squash with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

    • Bloominanglophile on January 05, 2015

      I am not a vegetarian, but don't demand meat at all meals. This dish was delicious, healthy, and quite satisfying with some whole wheat bread to help sop up all the cilantro sauce and yoghurt. I used peeled sweet potatoes instead of the butternut squash, and it worked fabulously. Might even make a nice side-dish for a Southwestern-inspired Thanksgiving feast.

    • FJT on June 26, 2015

      This was easy to make and extremely tasty. Would make a lovely side dish, but it stands up well on its own.

  • Pea and mint croquettes

    • Melanie on March 08, 2015

      I thought these were tasty - they also worked out nicer than I had anticipated (only one or two fell apart). I didn't blitz the lead, attacking them with a mortar and pestle instead. Definitely follow all the freezer instructions and make sure you warm though at the end, these steps helped ensure success. I needed an extra egg during the coating process. Thought the accompanying sauce was unexciting and would have been nicer with lemon in the mix.

  • Seared girolles with black glutinous rice

    • dinnermints on December 19, 2015

      Okay, but didn't love it. I'd cook the black glutinous rice again this way, though, and would try the less expensive oyster mushrooms if I made it again.

  • Mixed vegetables and yoghurt with green chilli oil

    • leahorowitz on September 09, 2016

      Easy and delicious, the three components really complement each other. Instead of frying the vegetables I roasted everything in the oven (seemed like a waste of energy to turn on the oven only for the tomatoes and it's probably healthier as well).

  • Smoky polenta chips

    • marry_bellows on November 17, 2014

      Didn't work at all. Polenta was too creamy and did not set properly. Moreover, during frying the cheese melted and I got only "shells" instead of chips.

  • Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic and lemon peel

    • Rutabaga on December 15, 2014

      This must be the best brussels sprouts recipe ever! Flash cooked sprouts are mixed with five entire heads of balsamic caramelized garlic. It's the five heads of garlic that turn this recipe into a labor intensive side dish, so when making it on a week night, you might want to peel all those dozens of cloves in advance. I also don't see a reason to discard the small amount of lemon juice syrup that accumulates when cooking the peel; I just added it all to the sprouts - it's delicious! I didn't have basil, but look forward to including it next time.

    • KarinaFrancis on April 19, 2015

      I have to agree with Rutabaga, on all counts. I added the lemon syrup as suggested and it brightened up an already great dish.

    • FionaC on August 28, 2016

      A lovely way to cook Brussels. Don't be afraid of the amount of garlic, it's sweet and unctuous. I think preserved lemons would be a good substitute for the candied lemon peel, even a squeeze of fresh lemon over the dish might do at a pinch. Other acidic elements such as tamarind or sumac might be interesting as well.

  • Aubergine pahi

    • swegener on April 18, 2015

      This isn't so much complicated as time consuming. Each veggie has to be cooked separately for a while and if your cooking space isn't big enough has to be cooked in batches. Then it can be combined and cooked for a while. The sugar is really necessary to add balance to the dish.

    • Rutabaga on October 03, 2016

      I thought this was pretty good, although my husband and five-year-old weren't big fans. To be fair, I think this was at least partly because my eggplant was not too fresh and rather seedy, which gave it a slight bitterness in the finished dish. I was lacking lemongrass and curry leaves, so decided to add some cilantro to give it a little vibrancy. It would be interesting to try again with better eggplant and all of the curry paste ingredients. As swegener noted, it's not a difficult dish, but frying all of the vegetable separately takes time.

    • Tabubua on November 27, 2016

      I suggest roasting the veggies in the oven rather than frying - I love this recipe but switched to roasting after the first attempt as it is a lot of frying! The roasted veggies take less effort, soak up less oil and taste even better.

  • Root mash with wine braised shallots

    • tracyfox on January 02, 2015

      Amazing how adding the lentils completely changed the texture of the pan roasted potatoes and squash from a spatchcocked Christmas chicken. I mixed the lentils, potatoes and butternut squash, spiced the mash as directed and topped with the shallots and sauce. Really too good for a leftovers lunch. Definitely worth showcasing as a special vegetarian dinner.

    • twoyolks on November 05, 2016

      The root mash didn't have a cohesive enough flavor. I think the vegetables would've been better roasted than simply boiled. I did like the flavor addition of the lentils to the root mash but the texture was less pleasant. The braised shallots were nice.

  • Fava

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 233 - Outstanding! This isn’t what you might think. This is not a fava bean recipe. YO talks about discovering this spread while vacationing in Greece and notes “I thought I knew everything there was to know about pastes made of various legumes until a couple of summers ago….and came across this variation, which is nothing like hummus or similar pastes.” How could I resist! In fact the recipe is prepared with yellow split-peas that are boiled then pureed with other ingredients then topped with a delicious combination of caramelized onions, capers, chives and evoo. We served this as a starter with some grilled pita and folks were swooning over it. I think the capers are essential here, they bring a briny freshness to this sweet earthy spread. Another dish that I’ll most certainly make time and time again. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9556935#9556935

  • Cannellini bean purée with pickled mushrooms and pitta croutons

    • Breadcrumbs on May 12, 2015

      p. 241 - If you’re a fan of bean spreads this is a “must try” recipe for you as it is absolutely sensational and unlike any other bean spread we’ve ever encountered. What differentiates this spread is the topping. The pickled mushroom/onion mixture is ridiculously good & an absolutely perfect contrast to the rich, creamy beans. The pitta adds a nice salty crunch to the dish and completes it beautifully. This isn’t just good; it’s fantastic! I’d highly recommend this recipe. I’ve made a lot of pickles over time but I’ve never tasted a pickling liquid that I wanted to drink! The liquid wasn’t acidic at all, it had a balanced, fresh and herbal with mellow, oniony undertones. I just loved it! I actually ended up pouring some in a little pitcher and bringing it to the table as folks wanted to add more to their spread. What can I say; another dish that knocked it out of the park from this book! Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012789?commentId=9557928#9557928

  • Yoghurt and kaffir lime leaf spread

    • lizebeth on February 24, 2017

      Surprisingly tasty, this dip is now a family favourite (even with the family members who are not keen on zucchini).

  • Aubergine cheesecake

    • DeborahBluhm on September 21, 2014

      Was fab! Next time I will roast the tomatoes along with the aubergines too make it sing even more! So easy and quick too prep :)

    • Jane on October 29, 2014

      Fantastic. It takes a long time from start to finish - over 90 minutes - but most of that is just oven time. The prep time is very quick. And it is so good. Mine needed an extra five minutes in the oven to get golden.

    • emilyrf on July 22, 2015

      Absolutely lovely. I agree with Jane that it takes a long time - definitely not one to throw together on a whim, but it's not too demanding and the results are well worth it. I'm tempted to throw in some other roasted Mediterranean vegetables, and dot the surface with little cubes of feta, but this paired beautifully as a side-dish with some spatchcocked chicken, and even converted an aubergine-hater.

    • hillsboroks on August 10, 2015

      Fantastic recipe, not too difficult and full of flavor. Like emilyrf I also was able to convert a non-eggplant eater into someone who raved about this dish. I used some of the numerous Japanese eggplants coming out of our garden and while it does take time, it is not very much hands-on time, most of it is just oven time. Both my husband and I, and the next door neighbors that I shared half of the finished cheesecake with, all agreed that the flavor just got better as it cooled closer to room temperature. I also think this would make a fabulous appetizer that could be made ahead, allowed to cool to room temperature and then cut into small squares to serve.

    • ksg518 on August 18, 2015

      Agree with the other notes that this is a great recipe. As others have noted, it does take time but most of it is hands off. I might try roasting the eggplant ahead of time and letting it come back to room temperature before proceeding to the next step. It occurs to me that you could substitute other vegetables for the eggplant (although I love eggplant). Perhaps roasted zucchini?

  • Cauliflower cake

    • Jane on September 25, 2014

      There are so many recipes I want to make from this book but this is the one that grabbed me first (mainly because I had all the ingredients at home). Well, all except basil so I subbed sage. This cooks for 45 mins then sits for 20 mins so plan accordingly. Really delicious and looks gorgeous with the cheesy bronzed crust on top and circles of red onion. YO says it's even better the next day so I'm looking forward to the leftovers.

    • Cati on September 27, 2014

      Following Jane's notes decided I had to make before cauliflower season finished. Became an instant favourite especially since left overs will save me cooking tomorrow. I might cut down a little on the rosemary next time but possibly the new shoots on my young plant may have had more oil in them than an older plant.

    • Melanie on November 05, 2014

      Another success, this was tasty and relatively easy to make. Looks great and the leftovers are fantastic.

    • Zosia on November 10, 2014

      Beautiful, tasty, and not very complicated to make. I used thyme since it was all I had and it went wonderfully with the other ingredients. Leftovers, as has already been noted, were delicious.

    • MelissaM0223 on January 11, 2015

      Delicious! Skipped the nigella / sesame seeds, and used dried rosemary instead of fresh, but this was excellent. Takes a while so as noted, plan accordingly.

    • chawkins on February 22, 2015

      Very good and very easy to prepare, but it does take a bit of time, because both the cauliflower and the onion/rosemary mixture need to cool down before you can proceed with the rest of the steps. It also did not help that I was distracted during the preparation by a herd of over a dozen deer grazing in my backyard.

    • Bloominanglophile on May 02, 2015

      I thought this was good, but not spectacular. Leftovers, however, are ideal for the lunchbox!

    • FJT on May 11, 2015

      This was easy to make and quite nice to eat - I don't think it really wowed me as much as I had expected. Fairly sure the family won't be putting in requests for me to make it again although they'd eat it if I served it up.

    • KarinaFrancis on June 20, 2015

      This is as good as they say. I had a little feta in the fridge so I added that too. I guess I'll have to make it again to find out if it is good the next day, no leftovers.

    • digifish_books on June 21, 2015

      Quantities of some ingredients (e.g. cauliflower, eggs, parmesan) in the linked recipe are quite different from those on the Ottolenghi website (http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/cauliflower-cake-shop).

    • ellabee on June 21, 2015

      Quantities in the book are those at the link in digifish's note. No doubt some recipes were adjusted from the version that first appeared in the Guardian during re-testing for the book.

    • debkellie on June 23, 2015

      I was inspired to make this after reading notes this week about disputed quantities.. my variant halved quantities in the book version, and didn't quite follow specified technique - it seemed bizarre to add the eggs to the onion and to mush the cauli .. so I made the batter and added the onions to it; poured the batter into the tin, and pushed microwaved cauli florets into the batter, so they stayed whole. I also subbed in mascarpone in place of hard cheese.. it was delicious! And even with half quantities there's still enough for 6!

    • digifish_books on June 27, 2015

      Yay! I made it using the lesser quantities (as per my other note) and the method from 'The Guardian' link. The 'cake' came out perfect. Some minor modifications - 6 eggs (instead of 7), no fresh basil, only dried (it is winter here) and no nigella or black sesame seeds, just regular sesame seeds. Also added (as I like to do with all omelette/frittata recipes) 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt and 1 teaspoon sugar.

    • emilyrf on July 22, 2015

      I made this without any turmeric, as I was cooking in someone else's kitchen and assumed that they must have some, (I seem to have at least 3 jars on the go at any one time), but it was nevertheless extremely tasty, and went down well with both my 90 year old grandmother and my 17 year old brother - not the easiest feat. I will admit to just using whichever small seeds I could get my hands on for the crust, but the lovely textural contrast between the crisp seeds and tender cauliflower made me glad I didn't skip it entirely. I'm definitely making this again, if only to use up some of that turmeric.

    • dinnermints on August 09, 2015

      Good, but was expecting something more transcendental given the reviews. Also I think we overcooked it a bit. Nonetheless it was a hit at our brunch, served with irish soda bread, pistachio sausage patties, the fig salad in Plenty More and sliced melon.

    • lorloff on February 07, 2016

      Really liked this served as a side side with roasted chicken. Will definitely make again.

    • e_ballad on September 03, 2016

      Really tasty - boosted the flavour even more by roasting the cauliflower while I prepped the rest of the ingredients. The Parmesan also made this sufficiently seasoned, so I've omitted the additional salt. As with everyone else, the leftovers were even better!

    • ksg518 on March 20, 2017

      I know I'm late to the party with this recipe but what's one more review? We made this by the recipe except that we only had regular sesame seeds instead of the nigella seeds. I think that step might not be worth the effort in any event. I liked this fine although mine was a little dry; perhaps next time I'll add a few tablespoons of milk or cream. Overall, I thought this was a little on the bland side. But I plan to make this again in the summer with roasted peppers instead of the cauliflower.

  • Membrillo and Stilton quiche

    • FJT on May 11, 2015

      Delicious! Even my not-so-keen-on-vegetarian-food husband loved this and quickly stopped griping that I hadn't made a quiche Lorraine! I'll confess to not making the pastry case but using a bought-in, gluten-free pastry case instead.

  • Corn and spring onion pancakes

    • caitmcg on July 10, 2016

      These are really wonderful, just the essence of summer corn, and the green onions, chile, and cumin complement it very well.

    • TrishaCP on July 29, 2016

      I agree that these were just amazing. I didn't have time to whip the egg whites separately, so I just added the second egg to the batter with the first. I'm sure my pancakes weren't as light as a result, but they were still delicious.

    • lesliec on August 04, 2016

      Pancakes were very fluffy. Taste was very good, most of the corn is ground in processor until smooth so just a touch of whole corn kernels. I used a 1/4 cup of white whole wheat flour with 1/2 cup of white flour instead of 3/4 c white flour and it came out fine.

  • Kale and cheese pikelets

    • oakandsage on September 25, 2016

      Tasted ok but WAY too rich for my taste, and not good enough to want to eat anyway.

  • Corsican pie with courgette flowers

    • Rutabaga on August 02, 2015

      Delicious! Ottolenghi really knows how to put together a stunning savory pie. I admit my husband and I enjoyed it more than our four-year-old did (although I think his objections were mostly bluster). I did make some changes, but stayed true to the heart of the recipe. For cheese, I used a mix of feta and Manchego, then added crumbles of goat cheese on top. Since I had no parsley, I added a little chopped basil, and instead of celery, I chopped the chard stem and added that to the mix. While I only had male zucchini blossoms, which means no cute baby zucchinis, the blossoms themselves were a beautiful addition and made the pie stand out above the typical Greek veggie pastry. For the pastry base, I used the rough puff recipe from the Ottolenghi cookbook, which worked very well.

    • Zosia on August 04, 2015

      I was inspired by a bunch of Swiss chard and Rutabaga's review to make this recipe. I was missing sage, and zucchini ribbons replaced the flowers. I also used the recommended substitute of ricotta cheese and included the chard stems. It was as delicious as already reported.

  • Stuffed peppers with fondant swede and goat's cheese

    • Fiona on October 09, 2014

      This takes quite a bit of prep and time to cook - but worth the effort - they were so delicious, even teenager ate the swede (not the pepper). Uses lots of butter, but did as Yotam suggested, and will reuse for other veges. I didn't have chevre, so used goat feta, and just a small amount as I was serving with chicken thighs. It would make a good vegetarian dish on it's own particularly using some good chevre.

    • FJT on September 06, 2015

      Absolutely delicious! I agree with Fiona about the time taken to make it, but it really was well worth it.

  • Baked orzo with mozzarella and oregano

    • leahorowitz on September 14, 2014

      Perfect comfort food. Used different pasta (casarecce) and it worked fine - same amount of stock and time in the oven. Covered the pasta with aluminum foil for the first 30 mins.

    • clkandel on November 01, 2014

      Used whole wheat orzo, so added a little extra broth. Covered for first 20 minutes.

    • Zosia on March 19, 2015

      I really enjoyed this cheesey pasta dish with its chunks of vegetables and tomatoes that helped cut the richness. I used only half the oil, about 2 tbsp to coat the eggplant which roasted in the pre-heating oven while I sauteed the other vegetables stove top in 1 tbsp. The tomato slices protected most of the pasta from drying out during baking and I quite liked the crispy bits of the parts that were exposed.

    • lilham on November 15, 2015

      Lovely winter dinner. I used cheddar instead of mozzarella, so the end result is slightly oiler. But this didn't detract from the tastiness of this baked pasta. (I also used dried thyme instead of fresh). Even my 4yo who wouldn't normally eat aubergines and celery ate this without complaints.

    • Melanie on July 18, 2016

      I loved this dish, comfort food that manages to avoid being overly rich. Reheats well in oven covered in foil - probably better than the first night! Will repeat and make in bulk, I imagine this will freeze well.

    • dinnermints on January 27, 2017

      Gets more addictive with each bite. Next time I'd make this in the fall when tomatoes are at their peak. Similar to other reviewers, I sprayed the eggplant cubes with an olive oil mister and roasted them in the oven (425) for 15-20 minutes, and then used 2 T oil for the carrots, 1-2 T oil for the onion. The carrots weren't quite cooked enough; next time I'd use a larger pan and maybe saute them longer - would prefer them a little caramelized. I also used whole wheat orzo and increased the broth by a couple tablespoons. Next time I'd try covering it at first like others did. I didn't think I'd ever say this about an Ottolenghi dish, but I'd actually add a little more salt. I couldn't broil it in the dish I chose, but would also try that next time.

  • Taleggio and spinach roulade

    • Rutabaga on November 16, 2014

      This roulade looks gorgeous when brought to the table. I was afraid that the filling would be too runny when I cut into it only five minutes after removing it from the oven, but it was perfect. It's quite the showstopper, but not difficult to make as long as you allow enough time for the dough to rise three times and then bake. Good semi-dried tomatoes provide the needed bright acidity to counter the rich cheeses, so use the best quality you can find or make your own. The flavors are reminiscent of a baked insalata caprese, but with beautifully melted taleggio in place of mozzarella.

  • Root vegetable pies

    • Rutabaga on December 07, 2016

      These root vegetable pies have a lovely gentle curry flavor (gentle, at least, if you leave out the chile pepper as I did). Unfortunately, the filling still wasn't to my five-year-old's liking, although he did appreciate the crust. My husband said all that was missing was the beef! And while beef would actually pair very well here, these make a satisfying fall or winter meal on their own, served with a simple salad. Making six mini pies is rather fiddly, so I just patched together the scraps to make rustic lids and didn't worry about making them look pretty.

  • Blackcurrant friands

    • moppe on April 25, 2015

      These were way too greasy for my liking. Still, they tasted good. I will probably try them again with less butter (maybe about 75 g).

    • Poppyseedbagel on May 17, 2015

      I didn't think they were too greasy! I used the recipe idea, but for lack of black currants made them with loganberries & red currants, toasted walnuts instead of pistachios, and ground cardamom instead of cinnamon. They were gorgeous, but not really the recipe...

    • lindamck on August 26, 2016

      The size muffin tin Ottolenghi wanted was too small for the amt. of batter. I used my jumbo tin to get the 6 muffins, otherwise it seems you'd get twelve.

  • Quince poached in pomegranate juice

    • caitmcg on July 10, 2016

      This is a lovely dessert, and it would make a fitting end to a Middle Eastern menu. The syrup smells just fantastic as it simmers, and has a rich and complex flavor. I served this with a dollop of Greek yogurt in place of clotted cream, and I liked its tanginess against the intensely flavored syrup.

  • Roasted figs with pomegranate molasses and orange zest

    • radishseed on September 01, 2015

      Added orange flower water to the marinade and ate the figs with frozen yogurt instead of the yogurt-mascarpone mixture. The pomegranate-orange-thyme reduction is wonderfully sweet-sour.

  • Set 'cheesecake' with plum compote

    • leahorowitz on September 21, 2014

      Works well with apricots instead of plums. The cheesecake part of the dessert is very rich due to the mascarpone.

  • Apricot, walnut and lavender cake

    • mondraussie on July 05, 2015

      Very interesting combination of flavours: walnuts, lavender and a hint of lemon zest. Nice and moist. I used fresh lavender, next time will have to try with dried.

    • caitmcg on July 10, 2016

      I used all ground almonds, rather than almonds and walnuts. The result was a delicious cake that was a big hit and will make a regular appearance during apricot season.

    • darcie_b on July 23, 2016

      I've made this twice - once as written and once with a few substitutions. The second time I used pistachios instead of walnuts and added 1/4 tsp each cinnamon & nutmeg instead of lavender. Both times the cake was delicious. The cake is moist and tender with excellent flavor. Watch the times, though - my cake got done slightly faster than the lowest time in the estimated range.

  • Walnut and halva cake

    • radishseed on February 10, 2015

      This is a fun cake. Very rich, with all that halva (maybe mine is extra sweet?). I might try it again with only half the halva. This wouldn't affect the texture in any way, since it's just a layer in the middle of the cake.

  • Super French toast

    • twoyolks on November 24, 2015

      This is very rich. The texture of the French toast is a little odd because of the "cooking like bread pudding" step. I really liked the additional of the orange flavor in the cream.

  • Meringue roulade with rose petals and fresh raspberries

    • Barb_N on January 03, 2015

      I first saw this gorgeous dessert on The Wednesday Chef which gave. Me the impetus to try it. It is definitely a show stopper for a special occasion, but not prohibitively difficult. It did not seem inclined to roll as the meringue was kind of crispy (not like marshmallow) when it came out of the oven. I should have trusted the master- once the cream and berries were placed it softened enough to 'roulade'. I will skip the rose petals, mine were more like buds and got in the way of my enjoyment.

    • Astrid5555 on July 30, 2016

      Stunning and delicious! Thanks to Barb_N's comment I trusted the roulade to roll despite its initial crispiness. Could not find any raspberries, so I used pitted and halved cherries for the filling and whole cherries with their stems for the decoration on top. Will make again!

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  • New York Times by Melissa Clark

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  • ISBN 10 009195715X
  • ISBN 13 9780091957155
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  • Published Sep 11 2014
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Random House (UK)
  • Imprint Ebury Press

Publishers Text

Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over.

Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning. With recipes including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Candy beetroot with lentils, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.

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