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The "minutes" that you spend cooking will be hectic, but it will be worth it.
on November 28, 2014
While the title "meals in minutes" is quite a stretch, I enjoy many of the recipes in this book.
This cookbook is laid out in a meal format, where a recipe includes multiple courses such as starter - salad, main, dessert and sometimes a drink is included as well. This is something that I personally enjoy. Sometimes, choosing multiple recipes for one meal can be tedious (the choosing alone, much less than flipping thorough the book). I find that having the recipes set up this way helps me choose what to have as a complete meal. If I am cooking just one course from the recipe, the way the book is laid out doesn't make it too difficult to read selective headings belonging to that recipe.
Some of the recipes that I have tried and recommend include:
Cheat's pizza - be careful not to burn it! I didn't make the sides for this one.
Chicken pie with french style peas sweet carrot smash and berries, shortbread and cream for dessert - loved everything about this recipe! My kids didn't enjoy the peas though. Be careful not too overcook the peas while waiting for the pie to bake. I added extra sugar to the berries.
Mustard chicken with dauphinoise and black forest affogato - Didn't expect to enjoy mustard chicken this much, the leek adds a nice touch. The dauphinoise (we would call it scalloped potatoes) take a lot longer to bake that recommended, in my experience. I did not add the anchovies, I was worried the kids wouldn't like it. The affogate is a great quick dessert but my wife did not enjoy.
Killer jerk chicken with rice and beans and char grilled corn- chicken has an amazing flavour. I didn't like frying the beans and would recommend maybe boiling or microwaving them instead. I didn't make the chopped salad.
Swedish style fishcakes with baby roasted potatoes and zingy salsa - This recipe was a real winner with the whole family. Great way to use frozen fish. Tuna, even frozen, is rather expensive though. The salsa adds a great flavour to the fish and is great leftover in a tuna sandwich, or on a fish taco.
Banoffee pie - basically a banana cream pie with some coffee in the whipped cream. Great recipe and pretty easy too. Bonus that this taught me how to make caramel! I prefer this other (dry pan) over the method used in others. I did not make there other dishes in this recipe.
Just thinking about these recipes is making me want to cook from this book again soon!
The tomato soup recipe was just ok