Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish by Hetty McKinnon

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  • Vodka [pasta]

    • michalow on September 01, 2019

      This is a very pleasing mix of textures and flavors--tasty results for not a great deal of effort. I skipped the mascarpone and basil, and added a generous dollop of ricotta to each serving. I've never cooked broccoli this way and now I'm wondering why.

    • lou_weez on July 22, 2021

      This was good, not the best vodka pasta I have had. I did like the addition of the broccoli and peas.

    • sosayi on April 29, 2019

      Excellent version of penna alla vodka. Everyone loved the loads of veg in the dish. We used frozen peas and canned diced tomatoes (listed as two suggested substitutes) for the fresh peas and tomatoes. The fresh basil addition was also really great. My only changes to the recipe were minor: I roasted the broccoli in the oven (instead of cooking on the stovetop) and added some chili flakes to finish the dish. Make again dish for sure.

  • Cacio e pepe broccolini with crispy white beans

    • pomona on August 18, 2019

      A bit too oily on the broccolini in a way that is okay when it's spaghetti. Taste is good.

  • Gnocchi with asparagus, edamame and Parmesan

    • VineTomato on August 09, 2021

      Quick and easy. Delicious. Next time I'll cook the edamame longer and in the water used for the gnocchi rather than the main pan.

  • Golden egg curry

    • cilantrolime on February 01, 2021

      For a more authentic taste, use some tamarind paste (soak in hot water, remove the seeds).

    • tinkamasala on October 28, 2019

      Tasty meal. Great option for meatless Monday. Bit fiddly with peeling the eggs, but relatively quick once that bit is done.

  • Grain bowl with crispy Brussels sprouts and sauce gribiche

    • Lepa on July 23, 2019

      This was pretty good but not sure we will repeat it.

  • Roast potatoes with lentils, capers and lemon-parsley pistou

    • Lepa on July 09, 2019

      This was very easy and tasty. Keep this in mind when you are looking for a vegan dish to bring to a potluck!

  • Grilled corn salad with sesame-crusted avocado, couscous and lime crema

    • e_ballad on November 19, 2018

      Tasty, but the sesame-coated avocado was a faff & we weren’t especially excited by the flavour when it was grilled, given the effort expended in trying to prevent it turning to mush in the pan. Will try again without the grilled avocado.

  • Smashed peas with freekeh, broccoli and avocado

    • e_ballad on November 10, 2020

      Another great salad. As always with Hetty’s salads, these make huge ‘main course’ servings.

    • lou_weez on September 21, 2021

      Delicious!! Added the juice of a whole lemon - recipe asks for 1/2 - as I like the extra tang.

  • Lemon and pearl barley soup

    • e_ballad on October 16, 2018

      A rare ‘meh’ for a Hetty recipe. Even the ample lemon juice failed to brighten this from being stodge.

  • One pan sweet potato mac and cheese

    • e_ballad on January 09, 2019

      Very tasty, though be warned: there is a crazy amount of cheese involved! A hit with our family.

  • Stir-fried lettuce bowl with ginger fried rice and fried egg

    • lou_weez on January 13, 2021

      Simple, tasty dish, great for a hot summer evening. I did the rice in the rice cooker.

  • Lentil soup with feta-roasted cauliflower and walnuts

    • sosayi on October 09, 2019

      This was a great recipe. While the lentil soup portion was quite basic (though still delicious), it was the feta-roasted cauliflower and walnuts that put it over the top. I used aleppo for the red pepper, which lent a nice heat, and the crunchy bits of feta were addicting. A really ingenious idea for a soup topping and I'd make that part of the recipe just on its own to use as a side or to top a grain bowl.

  • Sushi salad

    • gamulholland on July 11, 2020

      This was delicious and went over really well with my family. We used Trader Joe’s furikake as a topping in addition to the ingredients in the recipe. It was a very filling dinner, even for the meat-eaters in our family. Definitely making this one again!

  • Sweetcorn egg drop noodle soup

    • tomarto on July 13, 2020

      I liked this! Super easy, used canned corn and added spinach for more veg. Like chicken sweet corn soup but obviously without chicken. Would make again. Reheats surprising well too, which I didn't expect.

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  • ISBN 10 176055457X
  • ISBN 13 9781760554576
  • Published Jul 31 2018
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Pan Macmillan Australia

Publishers Text

Family food isn't fancy or complex. Its roots are humble, stemming from recipes passed on through generations, and food rituals born from daily cooking. Most importantly, great family recipes are ones that nurture our souls, our hearts and our tummies. Family food is comfort food.

In Family, bestselling author Hetty McKinnon shares her approach to modern, uncomplicated, hearty and healthy food that is powered by vegetables. These classic recipes are the multicultural meals she serves around her own family table. Some are heirloom recipes passed on from her mother, others are old family favourites, and many are variations on much-loved comfort food, repackaged with a healthier outlook.

This could be a deconstructed falafel salad of crispy roasted chickpeas and fresh greens, drizzled with lemony tahini; an oozy savoury cobbler of summer tomatoes topped with parmesan-cornmeal scones; or an earthy miso brown butter sauce spiked with crispy sage and tossed through your favourite pasta. Finish things off with a simple dessert of sticky banana golden syrup dumplings, an indulgent choc-orange self-saucing pudding, or an addictive lime pie with Anzac biscuit crust - sweet treats that are destined to become new family favourites. These irresistible recipes are interlaced with tender family stories from home cooks around the world.

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