It’s been a while since I reported on the Cookbook Book Club (my once a month “cooking from the same cookbook” meal with Jan from Family Bites and Jenn from Chocolate Shavings). our January date is creeping up on us yet I somehow had not managed to write about December’s edition! So far, we have enjoyed dinner with Marcella, dinner with Nigella, dinner with Ottolenghi, dinner with Maria Speck, dinner with Naomi Duguid, lunch with Jamie Oliver, a dessert party with Butter Baked Goods, dinner with Jacques Pépin, dinner with Smitten Kitchen and last month enjoyed some wonderful recipes from Rachel Khoo!
In December, we made time for a relaxed brunch together where we explored recipes from Donna Hay.
I own a few of Donna’s books and have to admit I was bookmarking recipes here, there and everywhere – there are so many great (and easy!), beautiful dishes it’s easy to get lost in the pages!
Jenn brought our starter which was a gorgeous Caramelized Shallot, Brie and Pancetta Tart:
Get the recipe for Donna Hay’s Caramelized Shallot, Brie and Pancetta Tart here.
For the “main course” I had toyed with an egg dish and had even picked out a few contenters. But then a few days before the brunch, I saw this Glazed Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin on Jamie Oliver’s site and knew I had to try that…
It was pretty easy to pull together – first you roasted the veggies and set them in a dish with the “glaze” (caramel):
Not as pretty as Donna’s (and I forgot the thyme!) but it was so tasty – bordering on a little too sweet (I should have served a bitter greens salad with it) but what a fabulous technique… I’ll be making this again for sure!
Get the recipe for Donna Hay’s Glazed Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin here.
Jan brought the pièce de résistance – Coffee Cake with Mixed Toffee Nuts:
The recipe for this delectable cake comes from Seasons by Donna Hay. We loved that you could actually taste the COFFEE in this cake (as you so often can’t) and I enjoyed the substance that the nuts lent to it. A small slice was enough and kept you going (thanks to the protein of the nuts) – the perfect mid-afternoon snack. Also, gorgeous!
This month, we’re cooking from Mark Bittman’s recipes – be sure to check back in a couple of weeks to see what me made!
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