A Bit of What You Fancy – Jo Seagar

Posted: December 3, 2013 in cookbook, Review

a bit of what you fancyI already own two of Jo Seagar’s books, and you know, I think this may be the best yet. They’re all rather eclectic collections of recipes, without much of a unifying theme, but that’s not really the point. The point is that these are recipes for real people, which you will actually use. They aren’t too complicated, so the majority are accessible for all but the most inexperienced home cooks, and there are enough unusual recipes to inspire those who think they’ve seen it all.

Case in point… a friend who’s a bit overweight was having a birthday, so I decided I’d make the Apricot Orange Drizzle Cake because it has no fat, not even eggs, using a can of tinned apricots as a base. I also halved the sugar in the recipe to ½ cup. It turned out very well, and was well–received, especially since unknown to me, the lady is allergic to eggs! That one definitely goes into the repertoire. I also tried a new take on Toad in the Hole, the Balsamic Roasted Vegetables, and the Maple-Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb (which were delicious). Everything worked, and Jo says in the introduction, they really did look like the photographs in the book.

The only question I have relates to recipe selection and organisation. It does seem a bit odd that the “Mains” section has a recipe for “Coconut Rice”, hardly a main course in itself; and there’s a nice roti recipe in the breads section. Now, I’d serve those with a curry, but the closest thing to a curry in this book is “Persian Chicken”. Oh, and it’s a detail, but the binding on all three books refuses to sit flat on the kitchen bench, so you have to get out the book stand. Those are minor issues however, and it’s still a fun book of interesting recipes I can happily recommend as ones you’ll actually use. I’m going to have a lot of fun working through these recipes – there’s a lot more I plan to try!

Random House New Zealand

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui


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