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The First Recipe (from the best cookbook!)

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I’ve now made a few recipes from the Best Cookbook You’ve Never Read. I do – for the first time ever with a cookbook – intend to make every single one, à la Julie and Julia. Well, kind of… I figure if I do about 3 per week, I should be able to get through this book in about a year. Think of all of the experience throwing healthy ingredients together to make a satisfying meal I’ll have under my belt by then!

A few things to note:

Jules points out that in her book 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes that the five ingredients do not include things you should already have in your pantry like salt pepper and olive (or other cooking) oil. Also, these recipes take her about 10 minutes. While it may take the novice cook a bit longer, she does offer tips and tricks to cut down on the timing. And really, as long as a recipe takes me 30 minutes or less and doesn’t feel complicated on those nights that I don’t want to think, but I still want to eat something healthy and satisfying, it’s a win for me!

Oh! One more thing I never did mention on why this might be one of the best cookbooks is that almost all of the recipes serve just two people. In my book, that’s a win because it’s so hard to get my husband to eat leftovers. No more repeat dinners or extra lunches in the freezer! {I do enjoy having those leftovers for myself; but we’ve kind of met the max on the freezer right now.} Plus, if I’m making a chicken or fish dish, I will only have one leftover serving for myself rather than 3 or 5. For those of you with families, feel free to double these recipes. They’ll still be easy!

Lastly, I’ve been taking notes on each recipe page to remember what I did, how long the recipe took me to make, how I changed things up, or what I’d like to try next time. I’m including those in my summaries.

Now on to the very first recipe I tried from Jules Clancy’s 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes

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Broccoli and Green Curry Soup

My first recipe was a winner! I didn’t get any photos of it because this is before I decided to make all the recipes and document them on this blog. I made this for lunch for Rob and me and was going to combine it with the Super Simple Sang Choi Boa, also in the cookbook. That part didn’t happen, but I’m so glad it didn’t, because who knew a broccoli soup could be so filling on its own!

Here are my notes:

  • There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe!
  • I used a bag of frozen broccoli from Costco – worked just fine.
  • I love green curry, but I wasn’t sure if my husband had before, so I erred on the side of caution and used 3Tbsp green curry paste. I’d use at least 4 Tbsp next time!
  • I forgot to add the green curry paste when instructed, so I added it later and it still turned out just fine.
  • I used the rest of my leftover can of coconut milk with some leftover farro and fruit for breakfast the next few mornings!
  • My husband thought this soup was very filling, too. He liked it, but didn’t love it. I guess I’m much more of a green curry fan.
  • I like a bit of heat, so add some red pepper flakes if you do or a squeeze of Sriracha like I did!
  • This recipe took me 12 minutes.
  • Will make again.
  • You can find this recipe in Jules’s free e-Cookbook on her blog The Stone Soup! It is the first recipe in the book and here is it called Addictive Green Curry of Broccoli Soup.
  • P.S. Remember when I didn’t like broccoli? LOL!

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I promise to have photos of my next several results! Okay, writing this made me want to make this soup again… plus the weather is getting colder…

Do you have a favorite easy soup recipe?

Cheers~
Carrie

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The Best Cookbook You’ve Never Read

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I have absolutely know idea how I came across Jules Clancy’s blog The Stone SoupWhen I did, I wasn’t reading it regularly; but suddenly something clicked!

I may or may not have mentioned that over the past year I’ve been checking out one cookbook from the library per week in an attempt to cook more and learn how to cook better. But I also know that when I’m really busy working, the last thing I want to do is think about what to make and spend the time in the kitchen concentrating on making something new, with the risk of it not being a winner.

I do like to try new recipes and styles of cooking. When I have the time and the energy, it is a fun thing to do! But other times, I want something quick, tasty and healthy. I want something that requires minimal effort, but is still satisfying. Is that too much to ask?!

Enter the cookbook:

Every single recipe in this cookbook offers variations, so this one is for everyone. 

~ Vegetarian or Vegan? She’s got you covered with substitutes.
~ Carnivore or Paleo? She suggest add-ins for those vegetarian dishes!
~ Dairy-free? You’ll get some great ideas for what works best in each recipe.
~ Don’t like or have an ingredient? Perfect swaps are suggested!

While I’ve been perusing cookbooks from my local library before I make the decision to buy, my library did not have Clancy’s cookbook on hand. So I bought it out right.

How do I  know that you’ve probably never heard of this cookbook?

It only has 39 ratings on Good Reads! Also, it was published in Australia and Great Britain. At first glance, you might look through it and put the book back down when you see measurements in grams and milliliters instead of our U.S. measurements. But don’t let that deter you! The conversions are simple and the recipes are forgiving.

Obviously, you can easily look these up on your own; but these are the basic, most used measurements and items you will need to know to use the book:

  • 500 g of meat = approximately 1 lb
  • 400 g can of diced tomatoes, etc. = standard U.S. 14.5 oz can
  • 180 g cooked rice = approximately 1 cup
  • courgettes = zucchini
  • aubergine = eggplant
  • coriander = cilantro

So put it on a post-it in the front of the book and forget about it!

How can I claim that this cookbook just might be THE BEST?

When I started reading it, I found that I had thumbed through a few quite a few pages and noticed that there was not one recipe that I would not makeI couldn’t believe it. Jules {can I call you Jules, now?!} notes variations at the end of each recipe that I couldn’t find an excuse not to make each one. That is, until I got to a recipe that called for tofu. I knew I wouldn’t be making that Japanese Kettle Soup… that is until I read the variations at the bottom!

It’s now on my list! I suddenly realized that I didn’t need to flag each recipe that I might make someday. I was willing to make them all! Instead I flagged recipes that I had the ingredients that I could make now.

You know the story of Julie and Julia? Well, I’ve never seen the movie nor read the book, but I understand that the protagonist attempts to make all of the recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. While that sounds incredibly daunting to me, I think I can do this with Jules Clancy’s 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes.

I’ll be making notes of my variations and posting on the blog my findings! I was intending to do the first few in this post, but it’s getting rather long… so we’ll save that for the next one. In the meantime, you can check out The Stone Soup blog to view the recipes and tips Jules has posted there and sign up for a free e-cookbook.

If you want to join me, here are a few links to where you may able to find 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes:

Enjoy!

What’s the best cookbook you’ve read?

Cheers~
Carrie