10 Tips for Starting Your Own Cookbook Club — Food52

After grabbing yet another cookbook to bring upstairs at bedtime, I knew it was officially time to start a cookbook club. Reading a cookbook is similar to reading a novel (you are transported to another time and place, experience someone else’s story, and wake up inspired), and cookbook clubs are similar to regular book clubs.…

via 10 Tips for Starting Your Own Cookbook Club — Food52

I quite like the idea of this, anybody fancy giving this a whirl? 

Yumzee – A Leap of Faith

After seeing a number of links for Yumzee I was curious enough to find out some more about this latest social phenomena to hit Brum.

What is Yumzee I hear you say? Well, it is like Come Dine With Me, but without the embarrassment of being filmed while eating; nobody needs to be seen with spaghetti trailing from their mouth!

After a quick peruse of the site, I was sold. To my surprise there were a number of options in the Birmingham area, ranging from a Jamaican barbecue all the way through to a glorious afternoon tea. Never having been one to resist eating, I took a leap of faith and booked a French fusion meal set in Moseley for the following Friday.

Friday came, armed with 2 strapping men and a bag full of wine, we set off into the unknown!

We were greeted by our host Sylvan who immediately put us at ease, he introduced us to the other guests, who were surprisingly normal.image

The meal was fantastic, a delicious quiche to start, chicken for main and a chocolate mousse dessert. We were treated to sample one of Slyvan’s delightful chocolate and pistachio cakes.

The evening flew by and we completely outstayed our welcome! I would highly recommend signing up to join a meal or even host one. There is nothing to lose, you meet people that you may not normally cross paths with and you never know, you may make some new friends along the way. A total win in my eyes.

A couple of items worth noting:

  • Each meal is set a different price and payment is upfront and all done via Paypal
  • Alcohol is not included and most hosts say BYO
  • I would let the host know if you have dietary requirements

Now you are armed with the facts, go take your own leap of faith!

Cookbook Review of Orlando Gough Recipe Journal

I have proudly amassed a number of recipe books over the years, it does amaze me how many I own and sadly how many of them are no longer used as reference books, but are relegated to decor.

Yet it is these books that have kept me entertained, explained those cooking techniques that apparently everyone else has known from birth. Nigella Lawson showed me how to make cupcakes, she certainly was not be blame for when I tried to cook the cupcakes under the grill, as opposed to the conventional oven, sad but true!

These days if I need a recipe I reach out to the internet, generally  within seconds it will produce a recipe and so much more.

One of the books that ordains my kitchen shelves and one that I use is;

ORLANDO GOUGH RECIPE JOURNAL: A Celebration of Extraordinary Home Cooks. NO.2, discovered by chance at TOAST; a fortunate find for me.

It is a slim, unassuming cookbook. The book is presented in decades starting from 1950 through to 2010.

It is written in a familiar manner, almost as if a good friend has hand written their favourite recipes for you. There is a sense that these recipes are actually used and each one is linked to an occasion in the author’s life.

There is a colloquial dialogue running throughout the book, leading the reader to an understanding that the recipes are simple but very special.

You can see the recipes have evolved through spending quality time with people who the author likes, rather than actors who have been drafted in to depict a trendy set of friends…

There is a minimal need for fancy gadgets, the recipes and are legible and you can tweak them without ruining them.

My favourite? Baked Eggs (1950) – this was one of the first recipes I used, it is delicious as is and even more so when you add some fresh thyme.

This book is a joy and you can still buy it from Amazon!