Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Maybe I should buy this book!

The Internet is a wonderful thing. I have found that you could literally cook something new 365 days a year, for the rest of your life, without ever having to purchase a book or magazine. People, people who bought books and magazines, type out the recipes for you. Celebrity chefs who want to promote their books authorize websites to post their recipes. And it never ends. Think of all the bloggers out there who, with book on lap, sit at the computer and selflessly type out the recipes for the world to see and share and love. I love those people. I am NOT those people. I, ladies and gents, am an opportunist -- a habitual hyperlinker. I will find the recipe, sure, and will post it on my blog, selflessly, but I hope you can take my selflessness with a grain of salt. It's called hyperlinking -- the best thing on the planet. But don't get me wrong. I don't smear my entire post with hyperlinks. I absolutely can't stand those people! I was reading a blog the other day where a woman described going to Laguardia Airport on her way to meet a friend in some city. She actually hyperlinked Laguardia Airport. Who on Earth cares about Laguardia Airport. It's madness. Bloggers are click-crazy. Not this blogger.

Well anyhoo, my point, before this rant, is that I love the Internet. And I love my Internet friends. My gal friend, Pistachio (duh, that's not her real name -- it's Cashew!) recently sent me a recipe for Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marinated Feta and Black Olives. It comes from Crazy Water Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry. I tried it tonight, and needless to say (see pic above), it came out amazing!!! I love me my sweet potatoes. They go great with a pungent topping such as this one -- a sophisticated jacket potato. Try it!! Pistachio, I mean, Cashew, many moons ago, also sent me a recipe for another Diana Henry recipe, from the same book; Moroccan Chicken with Tomatoes and Saffron-Honey Jam. It (see below) was also unbelievably fantastic. I like this book; the recipes aren't obvious. They are new tastes for me, and interesting combinations of flavors as well. See, I have obvious books, which I love dearly. Like last night, I wanted a bowl of comfort, so I made mashed potatoes -- and I used Tessa Kiros' recipe for that. On another night, I would want bread and milk -- Nigella has a recipe for that! Obvious is more of what I am, but I also want different at times too.

I think I need this book. It will be my summer book. I think I should buy a new book for every season. And until spring begins, I shall be surfing.


Kelly-Jane said...

CWPL is a good read, as Diana starts off her chapters with mini essays on food. I bought it after seeing Pistachio's chicken, and cooked it before I received the book.

That baked potato with olives and cheese looks SO good! I am wondering if I've marked this to try. I really want that for my supper tonight now...

You need to buy it ;o)


pistachio said...

Cashew here, Ilana!

Lol, my ears must have been burning, or something like that, 'cos I suddenly decided to pop in tonight to see what you've been up to. And very drool-worthy it is too.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe(s), CWPL is one of my favourite cookbooks as you know. Like Kelly-Jane says, you need to buy it :)

pi xxx

Kathryn said...

I love CWPL. I also love RFSS but have cooked less from it. I like how Diana Henry writes.

I haven't tried the sweet potato dish but it looks to die for!

Kathryn x