Cookbook Review – Plenty

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This year I decided to participate in an Instagram Group hashtag #nowyoucooks, established by @CathySly. The idea is to pick a book to cook through each month and post a picture of item(s) we made. This idea is right up my alley; I love to cook, Brian & collect cookbooks and love exploring new recipes. I also saw this as an opportunity to work on my food photography and if I was lucky, to create a blog post of the experience. For both January & February I chose “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi. Yotam is a well known chef in London. To learn more about him, you may check out his website HERE. The book focuses on vegetarian fare and has lots of lovely photographs. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can find it on Amazon HERE. For my first recipe…

I went for this “Very Full Tart”

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With red & yellow peppers, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes, we found this dish satisfying – to the eye and the palate. Quite easy to make. We will be making this again!

Next up was this lovely “Pear Crostini”

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This called for chervil and chèvre  but I substituted thyme for the chervil and goat milk cheddar for the chèvre (Brian is not a fan of chèvre ) This was absolutely delicious and I think it would be good as either an appetizer or a dessert.

Though we have our own recipe for hummus, I decided to give his version a try

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Personally we found the recipe too heavy-handed with the Tahini and I had to compensate by adding lots more garlic and lemon juice. Sure was pretty though.

Since pasta is my weakness, I had to give the “Crunchy Pappardelle” a go

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I used Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper Pappardelle for the pasta. Other than that I followed the recipe verbatim. With Spring asparagus coming up, that would be a nice substitute for the broccolini used here. Quite good and super simple to make.

Next was “Mushroom Lasagna”

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Again, easy to do. When putting together the sauce, I kept feeling like it was too thick and that maybe the amount of ricotta called for wasn’t enough – but it all worked out beautifully. The only thing I would leave out was the tarragon called for. I love tarragon but it is such a strong and distinctive flavor and I felt it was a bit overwhelming for this dish. Next time I will substitute thyme.

Then we gave the “Soba Noodles w/ Eggplant & Mango” a try

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I could have eaten the whole thing all by myself! So good. We wound up pairing this with some Pok Pok chicken wings for a Super Bowl dinner. All the flavors went well together.

We had some beets laying around so decided to use those to make the “Beet, Orange, & Black Olive Salad”

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I would never have guessed to pair black olives with beets and oranges, but boy was this good! I did use arugula instead of the chicory for the greens. A nice spring mix of greens would be good here too.

Last, but not least, I whipped together the “Multi Vegetable Paella”

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This is a great recipe! It is easy and flexible as far as ingredients go. I also added some prawns to this. So, so good.

All in all a great book. If you are vegetarian, or just looking to add more meatless meals to your repertoire, I would highly recommend Plenty.

For this month, I am cooking out of this book

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“Sunday Suppers” by Karen Mordechai. I’ve already tried 4 recipes from this book so I’m off to a good start! Will post a review the first part of April. Until then, Bon Appetite!

xo

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8 Responses to Cookbook Review – Plenty

  1. So good, my mouth is watering. If my husband was still alive I would be there right with you. I loved this sort of thing and did it all the time when he was living. Needless to say he thought I was as good a cook as any chelf. But not today as it is just me. Sounds like a fun thing to do and you accomplish two things at once, improve your food photography and eat well also. I am sure Brian loves this idea as he is a fine cook also.

  2. seabluelee says:

    I remember these wonderful photos from Facebook and they look just as good now. They make me so hungry! I’m afraid I don’t cook much, especially to experiment with new recipes – it’s just not as much fun when there’s no one but me to appreciate it.

  3. Dotti says:

    Carol, these dishes almost look too pretty to eat. Almost!

  4. All of your posts this week have been spectacular!
    first – sorry you were sick on vacation – there is nothing worse than feeling ill and you can be in your own bed…but you still managed to get some great shots!
    second – that teacup is exquisite! so dainty and precious…the cherry blossoms do it justice
    third – loving this cookbook…but we have just pared down (mostly from Monty’s stash of over 300 cookbooks) so I’ll have to see if I can get a copy from the library – everything you cooked sounded delicious – and looked so enticing!

  5. Kelly says:

    I have to say-your food photography is amazing and worthy of their own place in a cook book. Xo

  6. Beverly says:

    These all look delicious, and your food photography is beautiful Carol! The tart really looks enticing to me. Looking forward to what you prepare from Sunday Suppers.

  7. I so love his recipes and have tried quite a few of his my favourite recipe book at the moment is A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones she cites Yotam Ottolenghi as one of her inspirations.

  8. Jill Ruskamp says:

    You know I would say that I like to cook and bake, but when I see such delectable dishes, I’m a bit hesitant to say this. I know it’s all about time and of course the consumers and my kids would have trouble with some of this, but dang. These look divine. Your photography may have a role in it too…..?!

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