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2018 Cookbook Challenge – January round-up

2018 Cookbook Challenge – January round-up Posted on February 4, 20187 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Hello my blog friends – how have you done so far if you’re joining me in my cookbook challenge? For those of you who missed it, check out the first post here (and request a book if you’d like!)

I’m not overly proud of my effort this month. Whilst this book is wonderful and makes splendid use of fresh produce and grains/beans etc., the recipes often require a reasonable amount of prep and aren’t super exciting when it comes to taste/flavour.

I focused primarily on hearty stews/bakes, and as the majority of meals were prepared on weekday nights, the lighting was pretty darn dogshit, so apologies for the quality of photos here.

A pretty tasty chana dal with pressure cooker brown rice.
A pretty tasty chana dal with pressure cooker brown rice.
A pearl barley and brown rice Mediterranean 'risotto' (with M&S chick'n pieces).
A pearl barley and brown rice Mediterranean ‘risotto’ (with M&S chick’n pieces).
Lentil and mushroom savoury crumble/bake. Not too exciting, I must admit.
Lentil and mushroom savoury crumble/bake. Not too exciting, I must admit.
This was yummers. I subbed tofu for further veg in this curried sweet potato dish.
This was yummers. I subbed tofu for further veg in this curried sweet potato dish.
A pretty standard leek & potato soup (with nooch).
A pretty standard leek & potato soup (with nooch).
Possibly my favourite of the month: hearty lentil/potato/carrot stew with paprika.
Possibly my favourite of the month: hearty lentil/potato/carrot stew with paprika.

So how are you doing, friends? Are you pleased with the month? I must admit I’m a little disappointed in myself, and I’d like to try to do much better in February, with at least twice as many photos to show! Which leads me to the announcement for this month’s book, which will be…. Isa Does it.

So, who’s with me for February?


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7 comments

  1. You may be disappointed, but I’m damn impressed! Your photos are making me hungry. Leek and potato soup sounds awfully good suddenly…

    I baked 4-6 things from a German cookbook this month, “La Veganista Backt.” This may be user error, but I found the sweet things I tried only okay. I picked up a couple of savory tart recipes that earned spots on my list of favorites, though, and they definitely upped my (admittedly weaksauce) cooking game. I took zero pictures and shared zero pictures (of anything whatsoever!) on Instagram this month, but I’ve got your hashtag handy for if/when I post anything.

    One note: You have pictures of Isa Does it at the top and bottom of this post. Did you mean to put a picture of Jaunary’s cookbook at the top?

    This challenge is already shaping up to be great fun. Thank you for getting us all onboard!

  2. I wish I could join you! I got a copy of Isa Does It just before I decided to go travelling and now it’s been sitting in my storage unit for a little over three years. Poor neglected cookbook! I can’t wait to see what you make and to get some inspiration for when I get home.

  3. Just knowing things you’ve posted here and on Instagram, doesn’t look like your normal vibe. Though the curry looks super yummy. Kind of a bummer, I didn’t have this book so I didn’t follow along, but now I see it is only $2 for the kindle, for that price I would of. Oh well.

    I will definetly be posting an “updated review” of Isa Does It. I did one awhile back with reviews of recipes, but I will do an update with other recipes I tried. Maybe it will get me to make some more that aren’t in the sections I normally use.

  4. I’m with you for February, and I thought January looked pretty decent from Isa (maybe the pictures may things look better than they tasted?) I didn’t even know that M&S did vegan chick’n either – colour me surprised. I also hate taking pics of food in the evening – everything always looks a bit grubby…!

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