Cooking from the River Cottage Veg Book

Never before have I made so many recipes from a recipe book before. I think I am like a lot of people, I buy cookbooks promising to try all the recipes, I look at the pretty pictures, feel my stomach grumble, make one or two and then resign it to the shelf. Google is a lot quicker if I need to find a recipe in a hurry so my books get neglected.

I’ve loved the recipes from this book, and we’ve been watching the TV programmes too. Mr. Giraffe became a vegetarian nearly a year ago so I’m really glad to find a book full of many recipes that are inventive and veggie.

Our favourite by far is the broad bean and pea bruschetta – we use frozen peas when there are no broad beans in season – topped with crumbly goats cheese or feta. A small portion makes for a lovely side to a plate of pasta too.

We’ve also made the polenta chips, the mushroom stoup (make lots of this, it tastes better the next day), beetroot soup, aubergine parmigiana (Sainsburys basics ‘italian hard cheese’ is veggie and also tastes pretty good) and the beetroot tarte tatin.

Next on the list is the rest of the book – but more specifically the cauliflower pakoras, chickpea ketchup curry (for a day when we are feeling lazy!) and the beetroot and chocolate ice cream.

I cannot recommend this book enough, whether you are veggie or not, it is huge so you’ll find something you’ll like. And I agree with Hugh that we all need to eat less meat, not no meat but a lot less than we eat now.

I’ve also forgiven Hugh for cutting his hair, this book has made up for him having run of the mill short hair.

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