The photographs in Summer Food that were used for the recipes made me want to cook more from the book. This is always a good sign to me, even though it is not an indication that all the recipes have been made and tested.
Chef Tjaart Walraven may trace his ancestral roots to the North Sea, but his heart is firmly set in Africa – it’s sun, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality and long summers. And it’s precisely those seductive, lazy summers that has prompted him to write a cookbook that celebrates our summer lifestyle. There is an emphasis on easy entertaining, interesting and tasty twists, as well as ideas for cooking outdoors.Accompanied by Tjaart’s charming background stories, gorgeous colour photography and packed with tips throughout, his recipes prove that enjoying summer on a plate has never been simpler. Anyone will be able to expand their cooking repertoire and impress both family and friends alike.
Chapters are divided into:
- Soups & Starters
Recipes that caught my eye:
- continental poke breakfast bowl (p13)
- leek rösti (p19)
- herb gnocchi and mushroom consommé (p28)
- beef tataki (p35)
- ostrich carpaccio (p44)
- Thai fish curry (p56)
- baked chicken schnitzel (p60)
- summer chicken with olives and capers (p63)
- roast duck (p83)
- BBQ pulled pork sliders (p99)
- my ultimate beef Wellington (p115)
- harvey cheese straws (p147)
- pear and almond tart (p157)
- churros (p169)
Like me, Tjaart adds his garlic later in the cooking process to prevent it from burning. I thought the layout of the recipe book was perfect and I liked the fact that the recipes had tips and anecdotal stories. The tips were really good even though some of them should be common sense for an experienced cook / baker. But, I thought there was an overuse of the words my ultimate to describe the recipes. There are excellent instructions on how to fillet a round fish, debone a chicken and debone and then stuff a leg of lamb.
What I made:
I made the herb gnocchi and mushroom consommé for our Christmas lunch, as a starter. It was a super impressive recipe. However, the amount of gnocchi I made was enough for 4 meals for 4 people. When I share the recipe I shall reduce the amount of potatoes needed.