Visual Review: Delia’s Complete How to Cook

deliaThe other half is an excellent cook. He received Delia’s Complete How to Cook for his birthday and since then he’s made one meal and one desert almost every weekend. I’m going to share some pictures of the delicious things he’s made, and as for the book, I’d recommend it to anyone! The resulting food is beautiful, the recipes aren’t excessively difficult and everything’s explained very thoroughly throughout the book, complete with excellent photographs. The information about eggs, fruits, veggies etc is also very interesting to read.

In addition to the recipes after the jump, we’ve also had leak and goats cheese tart and souffléd omelette. This weekend we’re having a blue cheese gratin and lemon roulade.

Chocolate Crème Brûlée & Meringues

With the leftover egg whites Ed made meringues which we delicious, and very good for a first attempt. The sugar topping was very crunchy, but delicious all the same.

catan evening (25)

creme brulee (2)

Soufflé Macaroni Cheese

This really was delicious, a great variation of a classic and a meal I love all too much!

souffled macaroni cheese

Buttermilk Scones with Raspberry Butter

Beautiful. Although it says it makes 10, it made 8 teeny tiny scones, so I’d bump the recipe somewhat!


Crème Caramel

I love crème caramel, and I loved this. I don’t advise eating half of the whole thing in one evening though…

creme caramel

creme caramel 2

creme caramel 3

Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup

We went the whole hog and got proper Canadian syrup. And they were divine. I’m still a massive English pancake fan, but I wouldn’t mind a batch of these as well come pancake day, or any day!

Buttermilk Pancakes and Maple Syrup

Spiced Chickpea Cakes

With a dollop of yoghurt and some cucumber. Really yummy, better than I expected. We’ve had trouble in the past with things you have to make into little round cake shapes…

Spiced Chickpea Burgers

Chocolate Mousse

Made with Green & Blacks dark chocolate. I’m not big on dark chocolate, but my goodness, these were absolutely perfect.

chocolate mousse

Key Lime Pie

Very yummy. I think it says it serves ten, but I think we only got six servings out of it… and they were small!

key lime pie

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes with Leeks, Cheddar and Bourisn

Definitely kicks the traditional jacket up a notch.

stuffed jacket potatoes with leeks and cheese

Home-made Pasta with Classic Fresh Tomato Sauce

The pasta recipe wasn’t from the book, but trying home-made pasta was a delicious experience! The sauce was good too. Ed used some of the basil I’ve been growing on the balcony (pictures of all my lovely plants to come soon).

homemade pasta