- Online chef training with Rouxbe.com and attempting to feed my children Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot salad (fail)
- Various healthy eating cook books and attempting to feed them lentils (fail)
I have now turned to Annabel Karmel’s Family Cookbook for fresh inspiration.
And so far, so good!
First there were absolutely gorgeous fish pies, served up in individual ramekins. I’ve even done these twice, they went down so well!
Oven destroyed but nothing surprising there and hardly Annabel’s fault.
Then it was the turn of Squash, pea and sage risotto to take a hammering at the hands of Chef Bird.
Would have been a success if I had followed the recipe on the cheese front.
Instead I hoofed in a handful and it was waaaaay too much with the result that every mouthful was accompanied by huge strings of cheese.
I did not know Parmesan could do that.
Oh, and I forgot to buy peas.
So not really an accurate representation of the recipe at all!
But still. We ate it. And that’s an achievement in my books.
Next it was onto Yummy Burgers – which you saw me post about a couple of days ago, and today……
I had a go at Thai-style Chicken Soup.
I had to make this between client appointments and it took my only 20 minutes from start to eating (plus a quick trip to the shop to buy coconut milk as had accidentally used that for something else).
One of the simplest meals I have ever made. I will say that it was too bland for adult tastebuds though as the flavour is made primarily of chicken stock and coconut milk with a sprinkle of chilli but my guess is the kids will snaffle it up just fine as a result. I’ll let you know later.
Served in a pretentious bowl for food-blogging-photography purposes only.
Which meant it went all over the carpet when carrying it to ‘the window with good light’. Ho hum, just another Bird-cooking endeavour clean up mission.
And chilli rubbed into eyes, which makes typing this a little hard.
All in all, this is a pretty good book to add to your collection if you want to make food that your children will actually eat.
And that even someone as bad as me at cooking can actually cook.