I got my first glimpse of Drizzle And Dip, the recipe book in June of this year and waited patiently for the launch to receive my own copy. Samantha gave this recipe book to me as a gift at her launch, and signed it for me. As soon as I had it in my hands I opened it to a random page and the first recipe I saw is one for my grandmother’s crunchies (page 89) and I knew immediately that this recipe book was perfect. You see, one of my favourite memories of my own grandmother has to do with her crunchies. Our grandmother’s recipes use exactly the same set of ingredients albeit it slightly different quantities. Sam’s best ever roast chicken (page 132) is definitely going to be on my list of recipes to try as every now and then it is good to do something different with an every day meal.
Samantha’s forte is photography and her amazing photographs are alongside each of her recipes. It is the first thing that will grab your eye. The majority of the recipes are featured on a single page which makes it really easy for following. Each recipe has an introductory section, indicates the serving size and has clear instructions. The recipe book is separated into morning, noon and night and the recipe index is found at the start of each section. In order for me to review this recipe book, I chose to make tequila bolognese with linguine (page 116) and Sam has given me permission to reproduce the recipe here.
- olive oil for frying
- 4 rashers streaky bacon finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 carrot peeled and grated
- 1 celery stalk finely chopped (or small fennel bulb)
- 500 g lean beef mince
- 60 mls good quality tequila
- 45 mls tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 15 mls finely chopped parsley
- 15 mls finely chopped sage
- 1 x 410g tin chopped peeled tomatoes
- 250 mls beef stock
- freshly ground black pepper
- 15 mls balsamic reduction optional
- 400 g long-noodle pasta such as linguini, spaghetti or taglietelle
- grated Parmesan to serve
- Heat a splash of olive oil in a large, heavy-based pot and fry the bacon with the onion, carrot and celery until soft (about 8 minutes)
- Add the mince and cook for a few more minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated
- Add half the tequila and cook briefly
- Add the tomato paste, garlic and herbs and stir
- Add the tinned tomatoes, the rest of the tequila and the beef stock and season well with salt and pepper
- Simmer on a low heat for about 2 hours
- If you're using balsamic reduction, stir it in right at the end, then check seasoning
- Serve with al dente pasta and freshly grated Parmesan
Next time I make this dish, I will add one red chilli finely chopped for some extra zing.
As you can see, Sam and I use very similar recipe formats. This recipe book is available from all leading book stores, Woolworths, yuppiechef and kalahari.com. If you would like a copy and cannot find one, please email me!
Published by Eat The Book in 2012
Format: Softcover, 154 pages
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