When life gives you a great cookbook

Sometimes you have a great new cookbook that is calling out to you – “try me, try me“, but a variety of problems conspire against you. You don’t have enough time, ingredients are too hard to find, recipes are too complicated, etc, etc. But today, the food gods were shining on me, even if the sun clearly was not.

The forecast promised rain, and the lovely West Coast did not disappoint, but we had some amazing fog first. This kind of day is the best kind for cooking. So I busted out my new book, “Seasons” by Donna Hay. I have gone past this book in the store too many times to count. I finally made the investment last week and had to walk

by the book each day at my house without having the time to dive in. Finally today, the stars aligned.

The “Coconut bread” with “Grapefruit jam” was up first. Really good bread, actually more like a cake in a loaf pan, but really nice. The jam recipe needs some work, my grapefruits must have much thicker skins that the Aussie varieties.

I taught my daughter the secrets of yeast with “Garlic pizza”. This is amazing and everyone liked it. I think you have to go the extra mile and make real crust like we did today. The toppings for this one are:

  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • shaved parmesan
  • 40 sage leaves
  • sea salt

All afternoon I was soaking porcini mushrooms in olive oil for the “Cauliflower soup”. This was not as good as my standby recipe:

  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 1 onion cut into big chunks
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 900 ml stock

Roast in 400 degrees F, cauliflower and onion tossed with olive oil and S&P until browned. Slide into a pot with potatoes and stock. Simmer until tender and puree.

All in all a great day. Finished reading a book in the morning, listening to an audio book while cooking and the back of a wool sweater tank is completed. In reading the instructions for the front, realized that I forgot some decreases on the back. So will have to quickly do the front with the same mistake!

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