In my previous post I spoke about two of my favourite healthy cookbooks that I’ve picked up recently from Jamie Oliver and Lorraine Pascale. They are both full of great recipes and inspiration for healthy and realistic meals.
My name is Kat and I have a cookbook addiction. Now that I’ve got that bit out of the way I can continue with my latest cookbook loves. When I see a new cookbook out I can’t help but pick it up, flick through the pages, get mesmerised by the possibilities and buy it.
As I’ve previously mentioned I’m trying to eat healthier as well as upping my fitness routine. The problem with this is that I love food and cooking so trying to eat healthy is always tricky when I want to experiment and eat all the food! The key to keeping my health on track I’ve found is to still love food and the cooking process but just trying to experiment with ways of cooking food so dinners are healthier.
Simple pasta dishes are great, you can have them with a big salad, make extras for lunches and they work really well as part of a BBQ.
I’ve avoided buying pasta sauces in jars for years but pesto is one I always seem to end up buying ready made. I’ve made classic pesto before but wanted to try something a bit different this time. Keeping a jar of roasted red pepper is really handy, you can use them in stews, salads and this pesto recipe. This will make enough for about 2-3 people having the pasta as a main.
One of my favourite meals is a Katsu Curry from Wagamama and so I tried to recreate this – I think it came out pretty close to my favourite meal but there are a few tweaks I would make for next time. The sauce wasn’t as smooth as I’d like so I would make sure to blitz it completely which would hopefully make it a bit thicker as well. The recipe below makes enough for two people.
This is one of my favourite bakes; it is so versatile and can be sweet or savoury. My most recent experiment with the bread was to make garlic butter and add grated cheese – this bread can really take most fillings (as long as they aren’t too wet). Other fillings I have tried are; pesto and grana padano, chocolate and hazelnut and chocolate and peanut butter.