simple supper

I am an avid collector of cookbooks. I simply cannot resist the beautiful photos and the promise of more recipe ideas.
This is not a new thing.
 When I won a prize in my first year at secondary school and was asked what book I would like, I requested a cookery book. My prize : The Good Housekeeping 'Basic Cookery' book still sits on my bookshelf.
I am also a hoarder of food related magazines.
From time to time I have a big clear out, tearing out recipes that particularly interest me and keeping them in big ring binders. Some cuttings date back to the late 80s !

It was during a recent blitz that I found two recipes in old Waitrose Kitchen magazines.

The first recipe was for roasted spiced cauliflower.
Roasting vegetables has become very popular over recent years and rightly so as chunks of roasted veg are delicious - but roasting cauliflower? I had to try it.
The recipe was very easy;
a medium cauliflower divided into florets and a small red onion sliced mixed with
 3 tbsp oil,
 2 crushed garlic cloves,
1 tbsp curry paste (whatever you have to hand)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
Roast in a hot oven (180c ) for about 25 minutes then stir in lemon juice and yoghurt to taste and sprinkle with chopped coriander.

It was delicious!
 The roasting gave the cauliflower a lovely rounded, nutty taste.

The second recipe was for sweet potato and feta fritters; another easy recipe.
Peel and grate 225g of sweet potato and cook for 1 minute in 2-3cms of boiling water. Drain and when cool, squeeze out as much water as possible.
Add 4 finely chopped salad onions, 1 tsp ground cumin, a pinch of dried chilli flakes, a handful of chopped coriander leaves, 100g feta cheese, 1 beaten egg and 2 tbsp plain flour.
Form into walnut-sized balls, flatten slightly and fry in a small amount of oil for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden.

Delicious little savoury mouthfuls!


  1. I was just thinking we need to shake up the menus here (and I absolutely love cauliflower) so thanks for these.

  2. I'd love both! Glad you kept those recipes.

  3. I'd love both! Glad you kept those recipes.

  4. Mmm, both recipes look absolutely delicious. I love cookery books and magazines as well, and I've got loads of recipes torn out of things or copied down in my notebook. I think I might just add your two as well... CJ xx

  5. Cookery books are my favourite bedtime reading! I'm a sucker for beautiful ones too, and also have files of torn-out recipes from magazines.
    We love cauliflower here. You get huge ones at the market and it would be nice to try something a bit different with it.

  6. I have way too many cook books as well as loads of old food related magazines too. Not to mention all those recipes that have been cut out and kept over the years but now I also have scraps of paper with recipes I've scribbled down from favourite blogs. Looks like another two to be added as both these recipes sound right up my street!

  7. The cauliflower sounds delicious, on my to try list.

  8. An acquaintance of mine once admitted to liking cookery books. She thought she had around 100. Then she counted them and found that it was quite an underestimate - there were 600. Imagine. Made me feel positively frugal.

    So good when you rediscover things, don't you think?


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