In her first recipe book, Home Cooked & Heartwarming, Ashleigh says that almost anything is edible if seasoned with love and a few extra knobs of butter.
Chapters are divided into:
- Breakfast And Brunch Delights
- Whip ‘Em Up, Well In Advance
- Seriously Simple Starters
- Home Comforts
- Lovely, Lazy Lunches Are Made Of This
- Colour Me Fancy
- Don’t Fall Fowl To Festive Stress
- Something On The Side?
- A Bit Naughty, But Very, Very Nice
- A Little Tipple
- Butters And Sauces
- Bother-free Breads
- Sweet Baked Heaven
Recipes that caught my eye:
- Sophie’s oat and banana flapjacks (p13)
- Mint, pea and pistachio pesto (p24)
- My mother’s sticky chicken (p54)
- Prawn capelli d’angelo (p61)
- Asian curry pie (p62)
- Fish tacos (p69)
- Mighty mussel pot with secret sambuca (p80)
- Tear-and-share roast duck with Asian dipping sauce (p93)
- Pub-style minty, mushy peas (p104)
- Liz’s frozen cheesecake (p112)
- Amarula semifreddo (p119)
- Home-made limoncello (p132)
- Quick ‘n easy yeast-free loaf (p146)
- Baklava cheesecake (p154)
- Ouma’s warm baked pudding (p162)
- Israeli chocolate cake (p166)
Home Cooked & Heartwarming
This recipe book is all about hearty food. There is a blurb before the recipes which adds a lovely personal note. I found the recipe photographs to be really good. The page numbers aren’t reflected on every page which I found slightly frustrating.
What I made
It was pure coincidence that I had mussels in the fridge the day I sat down to review Home Cooked & Heartwarming. My intention was to make Pernod mussels without using cream. Sticking with the idea, substituting Pernod for the sambuca, I used the recipe for mighty mussel pot with secret sambuca. I nearly went with my instincts to reduce the cream from 250mls to 125mls but stuck to the recipe. However, I should have gone with my gut as there was far too much sauce.
Published May 2018
Dave and I are away for motor racing. We will be back at work on the 13th of August. I will start replying to comments then.