It certainly is cook book season with many new releases of many cookery genres being published in the Autumn months. That, of course is a delight to me. As many of you know I love reading new shiny cookery books and with being fortunate to receive cookery books from publishers, alongside my impulsive purchases at well known book stores (plus one I just had to buy in Miami about Miami cuisine) I have amassed 10 books in a few weeks. I have chosen to share my review of three books that I received from the lovely people at Jacqui Small Publishing and Quarto Publishing group : Burgers by Paul Gayer, Cool Layer Cakes by Ceri Olofson and 1000 Juices by Deborah Gray.
Let's start with the cookery book which is dedicated to one of my favourite food dishes of all times, Burgers. This book is designed in the shape of the burger which will make it stand out amongst the usual shaped cookery books in the bookshelf. There is no contents page, this book dives straight into the 25 burger recipes. What I like about this book, is that it if of a more gourmet burger book, rather than cooking the bog standard beef burgers (although they are some cracker beef burger recipes such as the Bloody Mary Burger and the Big Apple Deli Burger). There are more exotic and interesting burger recipes to recreate such as the Ploughman's burger and Lebanese Kitchen Burger. I decided to try a recipe which is based on the ingredients of my culture: Caribbean Pork Burger with barbecue jerk baste and calypso mojo. I am so glad I tried this recipe, it is a modern take on classic Caribbean flavours which brought a taste of sunshine and exotic spicy flavours in a plate.
I would recommend this book for all the burger lovers out there as you will be delighted with the gourmet burger recipes.
Here is how my burgers turned out:
|Caribbean Pork Burgers.|
Cool Layer Cakes is a wonderful comprehensive cake book from Ceri Olofson. With the baking trend in full force in the UK, this book is great for those who want to create an impressive, standout cake, or as a famous program would say a "show stopper". Never made a layer cake before? No worries, this book has a chapter on layer cake essentials which includes essential tools, essential decorating kit and special tools. The highlight of this book, is of course the recipes. Each recipe has an accompanying picture which I feel is vitally important for cakes and bakes. I made the lemon meringue cake for my nan's birthday which tasted heavenly: layers and layers of sponge cake, generous dollops of lemon curd topped with sweet meringue. Other recipes that I would like to try are the Strawberry Delight, Liquid Gold and Lady-In-Waiting Dome. I would certainly recommend this book for all the cake lovers out there, there is wonderful recipes out there for all occasions and especially for special occasions.
Here is how my Lemon Meringue Cake turned out:
|Lemon Meringue Cake|
Last, but certainly not least 1000 Juices, Green Drinks and Smoothies by Deborah Gray. A book that contains a whopping 1,000 recipes is a rarity, many books only contain 100 recipes, so this was a lovely treat. As I do not make juices or smoothies often, I was pleased that there was a thorough introduction which not explained the difference between the two, but also the different equipments and a fruit guide. As there are a number of recipes, there is also 8 chapters which split each recipe according to type. My favourite chapters include Breakfast Blends, Thirst Quenchers and Milkshakes and Frozen Drinks. There are so many juices and smoothies to try, I certainly want to make the Maple Banana Smoothie, Guava to Go Smoothie and Belgian Chocolate Shake. The recipe that I tried, Green Goddess which is described by the author as a "delicious and cleansing mix of fruits and vegetables that is great for digestion". I agree. I would recommend this book for those who want to have a healthier lifestyle.
Here is how my Green Goddess drink turned out:
As I love sharing recipes, the recipe for the Caribbean pork burger is below. Continue to scroll down, as I have giveaways of these fabulous books.
Caribbean Pork Burger
450g well-trimmed, coarsely minced ground pork, chilled
100g good-quality sausage meat, chilled
1 onion, finely chopped
1tbsp chopped oregano
3tbsp prepared jerk baste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
vegetable or sunflower oil for brushing
For the Jerk Baste
3tbsp olive oil
2tbsp white wine vinegar
2tbsp hot pepper sauce
1tbsp tomato ketchup
1 garlic clove, crushed
1tsp dried thyme
1tsp tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1) For the jerk baste, place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
2 ) Place the pork and sausage meat in a bowl. Next, add 3 tbsp of water, the onion, oregano and measured amount of jerk baste. Adjust the seasoning, cover with cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.
3) Divide the mix into 8 evenly sized patties and brush with oil.
4) Heat a chargrill or pan until hot, grill the patties for 8 - 10 minutes until cooked through, brushing them during the process with more of the baste.
5) Toast the buns; top the bases with slices of tomato, a few dressed leaves and then 2 burgers.
6) Spoon the calypso mojo and top with coriander leaves o garnish.
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