Thursday, 18 February 2016

Day 49 - Marking the Books



I've just finished reading my way through this book (for the second time), and looking at all the little post-its marking the pages that have the recipes I want to try I would say it's a definite keeper.  I have recipe books everywhere in the house, including on my bedside table and read them as I would a 'non-cook' book.

This one has been a good read, now it's time to choose my next one to delve into for inspiration and to keep me focused on my books and not wanting to buy any more during this Year of Without.


I've just tucked into a very filling breakfast, I'm off shopping soon as we have guests for the weekend and I need a few supplies ... they have put in a very special request for lunch on Friday :-)

It's a very good tip to make sure you have a full tummy before hitting the shops, you'll find you're nowhere near as tempted to fill your shopping trolley with all those tasty treats your eyes seem to land on as your tummy rumbles in the background.

Today is a No Spend Day .... up to now, tomorrow won't be ;-)

8 comments:

  1. My A Girl called Jack book is full of little bits of paper too, there are so many recipes to try. Still sitting on the fence with 120 recipes as I've read so many mixed reviews. I'm going to try and find a copy on my next visit to the UK so I can have a thumb through.

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    1. It is a really good book. Some of the recipes are along the lines of the ones in Jack's first book, and there are variations on recipes in that one. Well worth having in my opinion, although a bit pricey still on Amazon :-(

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  2. Enjoy your guests. I hope the weather is decent. I went to Aldi this evening after two and a half weeks of no shopping, so the trolley was quite full. It's always a bit of a surprise when I go there as they seem to have a lot of one-offs, particularly in the frozen items...Thanks for the comments about Jack Monroe's book. I found her blog, thanks to you. All the best.

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  3. Very true about shopping with a full stomach! Done the opposite many times regretfully!!

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  4. P.s. Any tips on producing a perfect looking hard boiled egg? I only buy free range eggs from a lady in a nearby village with chickens. Whenever I hard boil I get a grey ring around the yolk. Tried all sorts but can't seem to get rid.

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    1. Don't try to hard boil very fresh eggs... they will be murder to peel, they need to be at least a week old (which is what they are when they get to supermarkets).

      Put into hot water, boil for 10 minutes and then plunge immediately into cold water, this is what stops the grey ring forming around the yolk. To peel easily tap all over on the worktop or table and then roll with the palm of your hand pressing firmly but gently, this will loosen the shell and it should peel off very easily.

      Can you tell I eat a LOT of eggs ... haha ;-)

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    2. Thanks, I have got some week old eggs to get through. I'll follow your method and see if I get lovely yellow rather than grey!

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  5. My friend has a system for recipes where recipes she'd like to try have a post-it at the top, as you've done. When she's tried and liked a recipe, she moves the post-it to the side. My trouble is I want to try everything!

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