Friday, February 01, 2013

A Month Of Cookbooks - Day One

For a change, I thought it might be fun to take a cyber-stroll through some of my favourite cookbooks during the month of February.

4 Ingredients
by Kim McCosker & Rachael Bermingham
Published by 4 Ingredients, 2008

Distributed in:

  • UK by Turnaround Publisher Services
  • NZ by Random House 
  • Australia by Gary Allen

Today's book is called, very simply, "4 Ingredients" and has been a resounding bestseller both in the UK and in its home country of Australia. Written by two mothers who saw the need for a cookbook which focuses primarily on easy, fun and mostly nutritious food which is quick to prepare, appeals to children and tastes great, the book is a  basic, no-frills presentation of some of the nicest recipes I've seen.

This is not a glossy cookbook with full page arty photographs of finished dishes, but a simply printed cookbook crammed full of unexpected delights. Any book which has a chapter dedicated to Morning & Afternoon Tea is *always*  going to capture my interest, and a book which also has chapters devoted to  "specially for children", salad dressings, beverages, sandwich ideas, lunch box recipes as well as the more usual categories definitely caught my interest :-)

Most of the meals are simple, using four major ingredients (excluding salt and pepper, etc) and although some shortcuts and use of processed foods  are used, this is done for simplicity's sake and purists could of course substitute their own home-made from scratch items where appropriate. Just to give you an idea of the recipes, a frequently requested meal n our house is for these two dishes:

Sauteed Lemon Potatoes (Serves  2-4, depending on appetites)

4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into eighths. Parboil for 3 mins. Preheat oven to to a high heat (I use 220 C)  and put the juice of one lemon, 3 tablespoonfuls olive oil, 1 tablespoonful of butter and the juice of one lemon in a roasting dish in the oven for a few minutes to heat. Drain the potatoes well and add to the roasting dish, baste them and cook for 15 -20 minutes till golden

Too Easy Chicken Nuggets (serves 2 -3)
Preheat oven to 180 C

2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs (I use my food processor for this)
1/2 cup of organic mayonnaise
1 tablespoon melted butter

Coat the chicken pieces with mayonnaise, roll them in breadcrumbs and place on a baking tray. Drizzle with the melted butter and bake for 20 minutes.

We love them :-)

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elizabeth said...

oh! I will watch these with great interest! :)

margaret said...

I will try the sauteed lemon potatoes first chance I get!