Oh gosh, how has it been ten months since I published part one of getting started with this recipe book? Eeek, I guess that’s what moving house will do!
So let’s go back a step… I bought Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ and was so impressed with the recipe book and how many dishes I wanted to try. To make it fun and manageable, and to try different sections from the book, I thought I’d go for 5 recipes from 5 sections. The plan to then share a review of how I got on and the recipes I’d recommend. That was ten months ago, oops. Some of the following five I made and wrote about a while ago (and have made again since!) and others I’ve only made recently.
Here’s the recipes from A Modern Way to Eat that I wanted to try:
- Overnight bircher with a seasonal fruit (from What gets me up in the morning)
- California miso, avocado and butter bean salad (from Satisfying salads)
- Lime and chipotle black bean tacos (from Easy lunches and laid-back suppers)
- Mac and greens (from Hearty dinners and food to feed a crowd)
- Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake (from Cakes, bread and a few other things)
Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ – Part 2
And here’s my review…
1. Overnight bircher with strawberries
As far as easy breakfasts go, this is up there; it’s a case of adding together oats, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and a few more bits in a bowl, putting it in the fridge overnight and then adding in a fruit of your choice the following morning. As we’re now in spring I went for strawberries, but peaches are another option too. I was genuinely surprised at how delicious and filling this was, I loved it and have made it a few times since.
2. California miso, avocado and butter bean salad
This was the first thing I made from A Modern Way to Eat and the sauce made was really yummy, plus I love avocados so that was a winner. We tried butter beans but decided we don’t love them and, as much as I try, I just don’t like broccoli. That being said this salad is great and a doddle to put together. I’d like to make this again and put some alternatives in (which Anna offers in the book throughout).
3. Lime and chipotle black bean tacos
This was one of those dishes that took me a while longer to cook than I thought it would, meaning the boyfriend was keen to tuck in and not willing to wait for me to take photos. Bah. I liked this, it was super tasty and we scoffed through it quickly. I want to make this again soon, it feels like a spring/summer dish and next time I think I’ll add more spice to give it a kick.
4. Mac and greens
I’ve made this maybe fives times now, so it’s safe to say I love this recipe. I love pasta anyway and this recipe adds in tomato, butternut square, basil, to name but a few ingredients. The other ingredient it includes is broccoli, which I mentioned I really dislike. But somehow, having it whizzed up and used as the crust when baked seems to work and I actually eat it and enjoy it! Who knew. Love this dish.
5. Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake
I was so excited to finally make this, but you know when a bake goes wrong from start to finish? That kind of happened for me. Actually, I shouldn’t exaggerate, what actually happened is that I didn’t have as many pistachios as the recipe called for. As a result this ended up a little sharp, but entirely my fault. It was tasty all the same and I really should make it again and do it justice! It doesn’t take long and I enjoyed cooking with polenta.
So that’s how I got on. Overall, I really like this recipe book and there a heaps more recipes that I want to try – it’s challenging me to try new foods and cook in different ways and I like that. I want to learn more and I want to eat better, so if you feel the same way Anna Jones’ book is right up your street.
There’s also now a second book – have you seen it? I won a copy of it in an Instagram competition and I’ve cooked a couple of things from it already with great success. I might do the same thing again, cooking five dishes from five sections, so watch this space.
Do you have any favourite recipe books? I’m keen on batch cooking at the moment so share your favourite recipes/cook books if you fancy.
Thanks for reading!