This seems to be a bit of a foodie week on the blog, with my second recipe book review in a row. It wasn’t intended but a result of my desperately looking for new things to eat as my diet can be a little bit boring at times.
Unfortunately for me, there weren’t a lot of recipes outside of the soups, salads and breakfast I can eat as a veggie who occasionally eats fish when she’s run down. There are some, like the Red Curried Butter, Mushrooms and Spinach on the cover, but not as many as I might have liked.
As a vegetarian I am always looking for new recipe books that let me cook tasty meals that appeal not only to me but to the non-veggies in my life (aka my husband and daughter). They are quite will to go non-meat for a meal or more but they need it to be substantial enough for them to feel like they aren’t just eating sides.
I haven’t come across the Happy Pear recipe books before (Recipes for Happiness is the third) but I have to say I’m a convert and so is my family. It is chock full of recipes that don’t just feel like an add on to a main course.
The first thing I want to say about Herbs is how gorgeous it is – even as an ebook. From the cover through the photos that are generously shared throughout the book – each one makes me want to grow herbs and then eat the food made with them.
To be fair, Hann was pushing on a bit of an open door as I have been trying for the last few years to do just what she is looking to help me achieve – a herb garden, one that I can use year round and comes back year on year.
So far, I haven’t been very successful, and my herb garden (now that the summer is over) consists of one surviving plant – sage (which seems to still be going strong). That doesn’t meant that what I planted didn’t grow well this summer, they did, they just didn’t hang around. Reading Herbs, it looks like I’ve made a few rooky mistakes there (choice of soil being the biggest one), but there isn’t anything I can’t fix next year and nothing scary.
I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time – since I was 12, so over 30 years. My husband, though, and my daughter (who is seven), are confirmed meat eaters. As we all love cooking, we have had to figure out a way to all eat well – things that are healthy, tasty, and (at least during the week) easy. Given their need for meat, and my non-need, it’s sometimes a challenge.
The current compromise is that we alternate – we have a non-meat meal, then a meal that includes meat but I take the meat out; sometimes that results in me eating plain pasta or a plate of veggies. They aren’t very exciting. Even my husband will admit the veggie meals are usually tastier and different from the norm – but there is no meat, and he misses that after a few days.