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September:Bill’s Basics by Bill Granger.Week 4

by Anna St-Amour

in Food & Drinks,Photography

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There has been a lot of comfort-cooking this week.  Partly because Peter was ill for most of it, so the general feeling in our house was one in need of soothing.  And partly because the weather has turned wet, windy and miserable.  Welcome to autumn in London!

I made myself Bill’s “Lamb curry with yoghurt and tomatoes” as a meal for one, which could be stretched over a couple of nights.  It was wonderfully easy to cook and bubbled away for a couple of hours on the hob, making the house smell reassuringly warm and fragrant.  As with most curries, it tasted even better the next day.  Peter didn’t know what he was missing.  Tuesday was a “Brownies” sort of day.  Those most forgiving of baked treats, which no one can resist.  They had disappeared by the weekend!

What can be more soothing than a pasta bake?  Deliciously simple “Baked orecchiette with sausage and cavolo nero” was a hit with us all, including a now-recovered Peter.  We wolfed it down, and could have eaten seconds and thirds.  I’m already planning to make it again next week.

Orecchiette with sausage and cavalo nero

Finally Bill’s version of “Fish and chips” went down very well with the kids, who carved their names out of the potatoes before being crisped up in the oven.  A healthier version of a universal favourite.

Ella carved her name in potoato

We have thoroughly enjoyed Bill’s Basics this month.  Read our verdict, and let us know what you think too.  If you’ve never heard of Bill Granger before we would really recommend you get one of his books and give him a try.  We guarantee you’ll never look back!

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