Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For) by Ella Risbridger

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  • Imperfect pikelets

    • MollyB on January 08, 2020

      These were great! Easy and very tasty. I've had very little luck with crumpet recipes in the past; these are like mini crumpets and worked beautifully.

    • joneshayley on March 04, 2020

      These are not at all imperfect! Rather absolutely perfect! Ridiculously easy and so so tasty. I’ll never go back to shop bought! I used 2tbsp per pikelet to ensure they fit the toaster for the next day

  • Trashy ginger beer chicken

    • MollyB on January 08, 2020

      Pretty good and easy, though not something I'll go out of my way to make again. Maybe the brand of ginger beer makes a difference in the results? Using Gosling's ginger beer and less ginger than the recipe specified, I found it a bit too gingery.

    • joneshayley on July 11, 2019

      A lovely recipe for juicy and flavourful chicken. Not as “trashy” as advertised, in fact , pretty healthy and clean (well, cleaner than many other drumsticks). I’ll definitely make this again for parties and picnics

  • Perfect roast tomato & garlic soup

    • joneshayley on July 11, 2019

      Good recipe for a delicious and comforting soup. Roasting the tomatoes in a pesto oil dressing is inspired and made all the difference. I used only 500ml of water and I’d use less garlic (6 not 8 cloves) next time.

  • Blackened broccoli & bittersweet almonds (on toast)

    • joneshayley on July 11, 2019

      A great lunchtime treat, green, bursting with flavour and fulfilling.

  • Fat little harissa poussins

    • joneshayley on January 14, 2020

      Juicy and delicious. The marinade impregnates the little chics, making a lovely impressive meal.

  • Stuck in a bookshop salmon & sticky rice

    • Barb_N on February 27, 2020

      In spite of shopping with this recipe in mind, I had to sub mirin and skip the lime juice. For the ‘forbidden’ rice, I used the proportions on the package and had to cook it for twice as long as specified. The flavors of coconut and ginger were the best part of the meal. Served with miso ginger aubergine from same cookbook.

  • Miso ginger aubergine

    • Barb_N on February 27, 2020

      This recipe does not have miso paste in it, in spite of the name. I added a tablespoon of white miso paste (mine has aged and looks red) and first roasted the cubed eggplant in the oven then tossed it with the sauce. A flavorful side for the salmon and sticky rice from the same cookbook.

  • Marital harmony sausage pasta

    • dichohecho on October 22, 2019

      Wine can be replaced with "two splashes of vinegar and a pinch of sugar" and "cook it for less time". Source: author's Instagram story.

  • Fiona's bagels

    • Boffcat on July 29, 2019

      I was pleasantly surprised by these, as I'd been preparing to be snootily disparaging ("no bicarb soda or lye in the cooking water?"), but they were gratifyingly bagel-y, with a satisfying chew. They were also a doddle to make, although I found dunking the bagels in water to be easier with a slotted spoon than with the suggested tongs.

  • Wicked stepmother black bread

    • Boffcat on May 08, 2019

      This was delicious, which was just as well as it made an unexpectedly huge loaf! I made a few minor tweaks, replacing 75g of the white flour with wholemeal; using a mix of molasses and date syrup in place of the treacle; and using finely ground fresh coffee in place of the instant powder. More significantly I added salt (around a teaspoon) - I assume this had been ommited from the recipe in error. The dough proved very quickly in a warm place (with hindsight, presumably thanks to the various sugars), and once shaped probably only needed around 45 minutes to prove. I baked the loaf for a total of an hour; another 5 to 10 minutes probably wouldn't have hurt. Next time I would make two smaller loaves, as my boule ended up so large that the slices from the middle are impractically long.

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  • ISBN 10 1408867761
  • ISBN 13 9781408867761
  • Published Jan 10 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States, United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishers Text

There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken.

There was a time when, for Ella Risbridger, the world had become overwhelming. Sounds were too loud, colours were too bright, everyone moved too fast. One night she found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up - and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her to her feet and made her want to be alive.

Midnight Chicken is a cookbook. Or, at least, you'll flick through these pages and find recipes so inviting that you will head straight for the kitchen: roast garlic and tomato soup, uplifting chilli-lemon spaghetti, charred leek lasagne, squash skillet pie, spicy fish finger sandwiches and burnt-butter brownies. It's the kind of cooking you can do a little bit drunk, that is probably better if you've got a bottle of wine open and a hunk of bread to mop up the sauce. But if you settle down and read it with a cup of tea (or a glass of that wine), you'll also discover that it's an annotated list of things worth living for - a manifesto of moments worth living for. This is a cookbook to make you fall in love with the world again.