PLENTY MORE

So we have had a very long break, and are not coming back too strong as we are down 2 members tonight, but we will give it the best we have. I am also down a full kitchen as some of you might have read about my home being ripped apart.. I am feeling a little calmer about it all as time has passed and its becoming a normal state of mind for me and my family.

Tonights book is a flavorsome book that keeps on giving, I have cooked several recipes out of PLENTY MORE while on our long break, and I have to say it has enhanced my palette and my herb cabinet!

It is a great book even if you are not a vegetarian. I thought when I first heard about it, that it was not for me, but boy was I wrong. My dish this evening is a Seared Girolles With Black Glutinous Rice. It has been soaking since last night, and is so striking to look at! Mushrooms are in season at the moment, this time of year makes you want to get out and go searching for them yourself in the woods. I have had this experience once, and wish I could do it more, but borough market is not far down the road, and it will have to do. I really do enjoy this time of year so many amazing fruits and veg are at their best, and the weather makes you want to cook up dishes bursting with autumnal flavours.

I only know what Erin is making tonight and it is one of my favourite from the book that I made as a side with a roast chicken. It’s the Aubergine Cheesecake, and it is so yummy. I love Aubergines and I do know they are not for everyone, but Ottolenghi is incredible at cooking them. I wish he would host a cooking class just on Aubergines..

Alright time to hit the kitchen and do a little pre prep for tonight..

Have you cooked out of PLENTY MORE, and if so what are some of your favourites?

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PLENTY MORE

Our next London Cookbook Club choice is Plenty More, a Yo Tang (Yotam Ottolenghi) book. He has several restaurants around the london area, if you get a chance it is a little slice of heaven. He has just opened his latest one in Spittafield’s Market. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk  It’s especially wonderful if you are a vegetarian!

Sonia will be hosting this ladies only night at she and Chris lovely home. I am looking forward to it, as I have been cooking from it a lot and have enjoyed everything that has come out of it. It is a veggie only book, but his latest and greatest book is from his upscale NOPI restaurant, which includes meat recipes!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NOPI-Cookbook-Yotam-Ottolenghi/dp/0091957168/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442492266&sr=8-1&keywords=nopi

I will post the menu once we have all agreed on the fab dishes we will be making/eating!

A friend sent me this link http://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/articles/how-to-throw-a-dinner-party-nopi-style and it’s pretty spot on, although he doesn’t mentioned your table setting, candles, flowers, etc.. I think it all needs to works together, so on the food end Scully has it down, and my advise is to set your table before hand and think about all your add ins while thinking who’s coming, what are you cooking, and the mood you would like to place on the evening soiree!

Have you been to any of Yo Tang’s places, or cooked anything out of his amazing books?