‘when the dog bites… when the bee stings… when i’m feeling sad… I simply remember my favourite things… and then I don’t feel… sooooo… bad’
come on now, admit it, you sang along in your head didn’t you…?
Well, you may have guessed the theme for this months challenge… it’s all about randomly selecting a recipe from your favourite cook book… the thing is, I thought this would be really easy… surely I know which my favourite book is..?
… the problem is that I kind of have a few, depending on my mood and so this could get a bit sticky… and that was when I remembered Nigel Slater’s AMAZING The Kitchen Diaries… more of a novel than a cook book… it is so eloquently written, detailing the changing seasons and what they bring to his kitchen… and the way he cooks is so familiar and comforting and not at all patronising like some cooks can be… it’s also a beautifully presented book, with stunning, subtle photography… even the font is easy on the eye… it’s the kind of book I pick up occasionally and just flick through and read and it makes me feel comfortable… it really is a dessert island cookbook!
… I gave myself a bit of a headache here too because I have to go away for work tomorrow (i’m off to Cannes of all places… but it’s really not going to be a glamorous weekend by any means…) and so i’m not at home whilst I write this and can therefore not cook the dish to go with this post (and yes, I will obviously cook it during the month at some point…) so I called up The Viking at home and asked him to randomly choose a page… and I think I lucked out with Salmon and Dill Fishcakes… which i’ve never made before and can’t wait to make!
… so now it’s your turn… whats your favourite cookbook…? have a think, pull it down off the shelf and then, because I feel there may have been a little cheating going on recently, ask a significant other, or failing that a neighbour, or failing that a random stranger, to randomly flick open the book and you HAVE to cook that dish!… no cheating or i’ll send the blog fairy out to get you! (that’s not me by the way…)
usual rules apply… post your blog, link back to here, include the fabulous random recipes logo if you feel the urge… and then email me so I know you’ve done it… email@example.com
eat and of course, enjoy!