English Market + 2 New Cookbooks = 2 Excellent Meals
Been busy with two new cookbooks this weekend: The Buenvino Cookbook and Turkhead Culinary Delights. The former, recently launched in Ballymaloe Cookery School, is by Jeannie and Sam Chesterton, while the latter is by Alain and Edel Wille and is subtitled A West Cork Indulgence.
As it turns out, the West Cork one is the more international containing recipes from Indonesian, Japanese, French, Italian, Dutch, Belgian, British and Irish kitchens and the latter is based on recipes from a finca (farmhouse) in Spain, in Andalusia. Luckily enough - and it is a sign of the times - most of the ingredients can be obtained locally.
Indeed, I got most of them in the English Market on Friday morning: Quails eggs from O’Sullivan Poultry, Arbutus Sourdough, Serrano (Iberico would have been better) and a chunk of Jack McCarthy’s French Style black pudding from On The Pig's Back, salmon and mussels from O'Connell's, Chicken fillets from The Chicken Inn, seaweed and organic salads (and the Turkhead book) from Fresh from West Cork, and so on.
|Garlic Buttered Mussels from Turkhead (French Kitchen)|
|Quails Eggs on Black Pudding from Buenvino|
Used Jack McCarthy's black pudding instead of the Burgos and Serrano instead of Iberico,
all on toasted Arbutus sourdough.
|Romeria Chicken from Buenvino|
Chicken breasts, turmeric, white sesame seeds, parsley or coriander.
May be served hot or cold.
|Dutch Appleflappen from Turkhead.|
|Mussels with (Saffron and) Spinach by Buenvino.|
Forgot the Saffron but this is one of the best mussel dishes I've ever had.
|Edel's Salmon Oven Dish from Turkhead (Irish Kitchen)|
Salmon, Dijon Mustard, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper, Cranberries, Raisins, Rice, Dried Seaweed.
A superb main course.
Turkhead Culinary Delights (A West Cork Indulgence) is by Alain Wille and Edel Wille. You can get all the details on this book here, even an APP that will help make out your shopping list for the recipes. I got my copy at the Fresh from West Cork stall in the English Market and you may also download a copy at iTunes Book Store for only €1.99 on this link.
The Buenvino Cookbook (Recipes from our farmhouse in Spain) by Jeannie and Sam Chesteron is a much larger book and has a more traditional layout. It was launched recently (details here) in the Ballymaloe Cookery School and is available in the shop there. It is also available on Amazon for £20.00 and less.
Both are quite practical and it looks as we will be using them regularly, a sign that they have passed the first test! Highly Recommended.