One pot cookery has never looked so tempting and innovative.
Lindsey Bareham, The Times recipe columnist and author of 13 reliable cookbooks, has written a life-saver recipe book for all those who value eating good, homemade food, but want to save on time and washing up. “One Pot Wonders”, published by Michael Joseph, Penguin Group, is my top choice for the New Year.
Do not be put off: these are not drab, repetitive, chuck-it-in-and-hope-for-the-best dishes, but rather thoughtful and inspired ideas that are as useful as they are tasty and decorative.
“One pot cooking can be as simple or as complicated as you like and can involve all styles of cooking, from casserole-all-sorts, to gratins and roasts, steamed dishes, pizza, paella and stir-frys. Even salads can be classified as one pot wonders.”
The book is divided into ten sections:
Fry-ups, salads, bakes, big soups, stews, curries, pasta, noodles, rice and puddings.
You will be astonished how many beautiful dishes can be made using so few utensils and tools: smoked mackerel croquettes with beetroot puree; warm puy lentils with poached salmon and leeks; garlic chicken boulangere; Japanese fish broth with barley; coconut egg masala with naan; Louisiana jambalaya and Malva pudding are just a few. All simple, nutritious, unusual and worthy of both everyday suppers and dinner party tables.
“Black Swan Pavlova – Tumble the fruit into the middle of the Pavlova and scrape the passion fruit seeds and juice over the top. Stand back for oohs and aahs.”
Photography by Chris Terry helps with the oohs and aahs of every page.
If you are stuck in a rut, creating the same stews and casseroles, need to armchair-travel to faraway lands for gastronomic inspiration and are looking for a one-stop guide for making heart-and-belly warming food for all the family, this is the book for you, regardless of your capabilities. There are 100 recipes in this 220 page work which I will be cooking time and time again.
Penguin Books: www.penguin.co.uk
Lindsey Bareham: www.lindseybareham.com
Photography by Chris Terry: http://www.christopherterry.com/