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The Friday Five – Cooking in No Time

March 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Cookbooks, Foodie gifts, Friday Five

Our house is in a bit of a state of flux, as Dr T has gone back to work full time, meaning he’s not pottering around the kitchen during the day putting together a fabulous dinner. Now, like many families, we all end up back at the house at pretty much the same time, all starving. It means we’ve been a lot more organised, with meals planned or cooked in advance, as we’re still not going to get into ready meals.

These then are a mix of cookbooks that I’m heavily drawing on, or seriously considering adding to the bookshelves:


Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals – this is one of the few cookbooks that I’ve ever known Dr T use, and use quite a lot. All right, it takes a bit of deciphering if you don’t want to cook all of each menu, but each dish we’ve done has always been tasty and quick. I also highly recommend the 20 minute app as a good add on, we’ve done a few dishes from that too, which are different to what’s in the book.



The Gastrokid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast Food World – this is one of my fave books, and I’ve cooked a wide variety of dishes from it. Faux Pastor is a great standby dish for using up left over Sunday roast, and the courgette hummus great for using up the glut at the end of the summer. Love this one.



Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home – I don’t own Nigella Express, but this one has a good selection of dishes to be done in under 30 minutes. It’s about robust comfort food to me, which is just what we all need when we get home, particularly at this time of year.



Real Fast Food – this is one of the very first cookbooks I ever bought myself, and so not this edition, but still great recipes produced in a flash. To me, this is the original 30 minute meals. Which makes me wonder why I haven’t got this one back down from the bookshelf yet! Although the recipe I always loved most in here was the inclusion of a recipe for a Smartie sandwich!



Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People – title sums up what we need and who we are, and is one that I am seriously considering adding to my collection. It’s also lighter cooking, in that it happens to be low carb, so maybe one for the lighter evenings ahead. It’s all about the flavour, which is as it should be.

Shortness of time doesn’t mean shortness of flavour, and these are helping to keep inspiring us to do new stuff, not just live on 3 variations of spag bol! If anyone has any tried and tested after work recipes, would love to hear them!


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