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  • An easy and tasty weeknight dinner. Like alexthepink I cooked the potatoes and peppers in a roasting tray in the oven instead of in a frying pan on the hob, though I pan-fried the salmon. I'll definitely steal the idea of cooking it all in the oven in future, so thanks for that!

  • This was nice enough but I wasn't crazy about it. I cut back on the oil which probably meant the bean puree wasn't as unctuous as it should have been. Quick and easy to come together for a weeknight.

  • Really, really good. I've been loving Asian noodle dishes that use tahini lately and this is my favourite so far: quick, easy, delicious and feeling indulgent while actually being pretty healthy. The portion size is fairly generous - I halved the quantity to serve two of us and served in a large bowl with salad leaves. I subbed in sriracha for sambal oelek (you only use a small amount) and omitted the sesame seeds. I also steamed the Tenderstem in a pan (rather than boiling with the noodles) to maintain nutrients, then chucked the noodles and sauce in the same pan to briefly heat through. Definitely a repeat recipe ... probably for the nights when I want something homemade but can't be bothered doing any involved cooking.

  • Gorgeous - a real treat. I left out the double cream and Gruyere, making up the difference with extra cheddar cheese. The tomato jam is tasty and goes well but is fairly sweet. When making again I'll probably serve with a different, less sugary sauce. Needs 4+ hours to chill the croquetas mixture. (I got away with shaping and cooking a few after about 90 mins, but had to stop as most of the mixture was too wet.)

  • These were pleasant enough but probably not a repeat for us. Even with the crunch of the beetroot, carrot and lettuce the whole wrap felt a bit too soft. I skipped the walnuts and cut back on the chilling time, so that might have had an effect on the texture. A tasty and healthy dinner that packs in a ton of veg but not quite good enough to justify a repeat.
    about Sweet potato and black bean burritos from Lose Weight for Good added on April 16, 2021

  • A lovely hearty soup - simple and warming (though it helps to be in the mood for some chopping). I only had half the quantity of butternut squash so made up the difference with sweet potato. At the end the spiciness was quite mild so I added an extra teaspoon of Thai red curry paste for the final 5 mins of cooking. I felt it was also missing the distinctive Thai sour flavour so I added a squeeze of lime juice to each bowl.
    about Thai-style butternut squash soup from Lose Weight for Good added on April 15, 2021

  • I only made the chicken (not the slaw and chips) and I was very impressed. All the crunch, taste and indulgence of deep-fried chicken but with less oil, hassle and mess. I used skinless and boneless thighs rather than chicken pieces on the bone. Served with potato salad, salad leaves and garlic mayo which was lovely, but next time I'll try the chips and coleslaw in the original recipe.

  • It feels a bit cheeky to review this when I omitted one of the central ingredients - the lamb mince - but this was a delicious dinner. The tomato sauce is rich and flavourful from the beef stock and spices, then the Greek flavours of lemon, olive and feta really brighten and lift the whole dish. I served with salad leaves and extra lemon wedges. A definite repeat.
    about Greek lamb with orzo from Delicious: Love To Cook added on March 30, 2021

  • I loved the idea of this salad but, like JJ2018, found the spices too overpowering. I might try it again cutting back on the cumin, coriander and mustard seeds and adding more lemon juice.
    about Spicy halloumi salad with tomatoes & fried bread from Feasts added on March 29, 2021

  • Amazing! The pitta recipes I've tried before have been a bit inconsistent but these puffed up beautifully. A definite repeat.
    about Perfect plain pita from Short & Sweet added on March 12, 2021

  • Rich, comforting and fairly simple. I didn't have black rice so substituted brown, which increased the cooking time. I was a bit skeptical of using chorizo in an Asian recipe but that and the coconut milk added a lovely flavour to the rice. I served with steamed tenderstem broccoli and asparagus.

  • I enjoyed this much more than I expected, considering it was so simple and I made loads of substitutions (red onion for leek, fresh coriander for mint, a chicken stock cube for fresh). 10-12 mins cooking time for the orzo seemed a bit long since my packet said 7-9. The lemon juice makes this, so be generous with adding extra at the end.

  • These were tasty and made a nice change but probably not a repeat recipe for us. There are several stages (boiling potatoes, roasting cauliflower, frying toppings) - none are too tricky, but the fussiness would prevent me from making them again. The flavour was good but the whole thing just felt a bit soft, even with the crispy toppings. I found the tamarind on the burger base a bit overpowering so tread carefully.

  • So delicious and indulgent. I hardly ever cook with mince as my husband isn't a fan but even he enjoyed this dish. I used beef with 10% fat (rather than the listed 15-20%) which worked fine. As suggested I fried off some meatball mixture with 6 anchovies, then added an extra 3 which seemed perfect. I also used homemade bread cooked in the oven with garlic butter, instead of baguettes with uncooked garlic butter, as I wasn't sure dipping the bread in the meatballs would be enough to soften the raw garlic taste. Yummy.

  • I love this recipe and have been making it for years. So easy and indulgent. I usually cut back significantly on the smoked fish (using a third to half the amount) and sometimes skip the cream if I don't have any to hand. My husband likes chunks of potatoes for texture, so I remove some before blending, then add them back with the remaining fish. Sadly the other recipes in the book don't appeal to me at all so I've given it to charity, but this one remains a favourite.
    about Cullen skink from Gordon Ramsay's Great British Pub Food added on February 21, 2021

  • Tasty, easy and sophisticated with a lovely flavour of dark chocolate and orange. I substituted olive spread for butter which made them a bit tricky to shape by hand. I also skipped the rolling in icing sugar step as I didn't have any, so my cookies turned out soft rather than crunchy. I didn't miss the additional sweetness but I'll probably try them again with icing sugar for the sake of comparison.
    about Chocolate and clementine crunch cookies from Marcus Everyday added on February 17, 2021

  • A quick and delicious weeknight meal. We're not fans of veggie mince so we doubled up on the mushrooms instead, which worked well (though might have lost some crispiness that way).
    about Spicy dan dan noodles from Delicious Magazine (UK), October 2020 added on February 08, 2021

  • This was gorgeous and so easy to put together - I halved the recipe which gave two generous portions. I omitted the sesame seeds and forgot to add the spring onion. Even my cucumber-hating husband enjoyed it. I served this with the lime and coconut potato gratin from the same book and it was a lovely match. The freshness of the cucumber and the tang of the sauce provided contrast to the coconut richness. It needs at least 30mins to marinate.

  • This was delicious. The comforting textures of a potato dauphinoise but with a lovely Thai twist. I found it needed an extra 10-15 mins at the higher temperature at the end of cooking for the top to brown. The coconut cream makes it feel very rich and indulgent. The aromatics add some welcome contrast but it also benefited from something sharp and fresh on the side. I served it with the cucumber salad from the same book (as suggested) which matched perfectly.
    about Lime and coconut potato gratin from Ottolenghi Flavour / Flavor added on February 02, 2021

  • This was delicious. The comforting textures of a potato dauphinoise but with a lovely Thai twist. I found it needed an extra 10-15 mins at the higher temperature at the end of cooking for the top to brown. The coconut cream makes it feel very rich and indulgent. The aromatics add some welcome contrast but it also benefited from something sharp and fresh on the side. I served it with the cucumber salad from the same book (as suggested) which matched perfectly.

  • This was gorgeous and so easy to put together - I halved the recipe which gave two generous portions. I omitted the sesame seeds and forgot to add the spring onion. Even my cucumber-hating husband enjoyed it. I served this with the lime and coconut potato gratin from the same book and it was a lovely match. The freshness of the cucumber and the tang of the sauce provided contrast to the coconut richness. It needs at least 30mins to marinate.

  • Slightly weird but delicious. I like the flavour of mushrooms but not the texture, so this was a great way to serve them. They matched beautifully with the creamy noodles. I subbed dark soy sauce for light and found the dish a little too salty, so in future I'll make sure to stick with light soy and/or cut back a bit.
    about Ben Ben noodles from East added on January 18, 2021

  • Really delicious. A lovely combination of flavours and textures. My potatoes took far longer than the listed time but that may be because I used baby roasters rather than baby new potatoes. I didn't have any sherry so used Shaoxing rice wine instead, but cut back to a couple of tablespoons to be safe. A definite repeat.

  • I like this cookbook, but the 'meal planning' aspect doesn't work for me. I love that style of shopping and eating but it seems like it's just been tacked onto a collection of recipes instead of being given any real thought. Each week's shopping list is huge and very meat- and fish-orientated - an expensive trolley rather than a basket! There's also not much focus on how to budget or avoid waste. There's a couple of recipes where an item does double-duty (e.g. using half a head of broccoli and the other half later in the week) but this is very minimal overall. That said, it's a lovely collection of recipes. Those I've tried - Yakisoba Pork Noodles (minus the pork), Tear-&-Share Chicken Shashlik Naan, King Prawn Nasi Goreng - have been tasty, with plenty of others I've bookmarked to make later on. There's a nice balance of European and Asian-influenced dishes with many of them packing in a fair bit of veg. Portions are for two but are generally on the generous side.
    about 7-Day Basket added on January 02, 2021

  • I enjoyed this but my husband wasn't a fan. It hit a lot of the lovely notes that are so good in Vietnamese food - sweet, sour, salty, a slight chilli kick - with a really nice freshness. That said, I wasn't crazy about the (hard to find) pomelo and the crab flavour didn't shine through as much as I'd hoped, so it's probably not a repeat for me.