“Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen” – our verdict

Anna: Another dependable cookbook from dependable Rachel o’Rachel.

Kirstin: I was surprised by all the Asian food in this one. I didn’t think it all worked, but it was lovely to have the variety.

Maureen: It said what it was on the tin: “Simple, delicious family food.” All true.

Anna: I only had one disaster and that was the upside down apple butterscotch thingamajig which was unusual for Rachel because you can usually count on her baking recipes.

Maureen: The onion bread didn’t work, either. It didn’t taste bad, exactly, but no one ate it. It could have been operator error, but one disaster out of a month of cooking is pretty good.

Anna: there’s lots more things that I’m planning to cook after this month and like her other cookbooks I expect this to be part of my weekly rotation.

Kirstin: I think this might be my favourite of her books. Very un-fussy and good recipes.

Maureen: Yes, I agree. I didn’t have to go to any stores for any exotic ingredients and they were all good recipes. It’s definitely a keeper.

“Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”
Overall Grade (A- F): Kirstin: B. Anna: A-. Maureen: A-
Best recipes: Kirstin: The sunny fish curry. Anna: The fish pie. Maureen: The pork belly.
Grade for Photography (A-F): Kirstin: B-
Any disasters? See above.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Bookshelf. Anna: Bookshelf. Maureen: Bookshelf.

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“Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen” – our verdict

“Slow-Roast Pork Belly with Rosemary” and “Caramelised Onion and Rosemary Bread” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALove pork belly? Want to have it for Sunday lunch? Then click through on this sentence to find the recipe reprinted in Red magazine.

Nicholas (10): Pork belly for the win!

Maureen: That’s right. You asked for this specially. Who doesn’t love pork belly, especially when you’re talking about Sunday lunch?

Andrew (14): We all love it, that’s for sure.

Tim: How did this compare to the usual Gennaro Contaldo one that you make?

Maureen: This one you marinate, and then roast for longer at a lower temperature. It also includes instructions for making gravy. I don’t think you need gravy with it.

Andrew: But the gravy is nice on the mashed potatoes.

Maureen: That’s true.

Tim: I think I like this better than our usual one.

Maureen: That’s funny, because I think I like our usual one.

Nicholas: A house divided against itself can not stand! Abraham Lincoln said that.

Maureen: Thanks, Mr. History. Now what about the bread?

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“Slow-Roast Pork Belly with Rosemary” and “Caramelised Onion and Rosemary Bread” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

“Raspberry Upside-Down Cake” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you want to make this, please click through this sentence to find the recipe on UK’s Good Food Channel. Trust me. It’s good.

First, an important note. This photo doesn’t do this cake justice. While it may look more like a big blob of dark red on top of cake, or even, dare I say it, an edible blood clot, it tastes better than it looks.

This is a perfect cake to make when you’re short on time, which frankly, is much of the time. I’ve now made it twice– once for the grand finale of a Sunday lunch, and again last night for my book club. Both times it was a winner.

The cake is such a resounding success because of the simplicity of the ingredients. There’s no running around to specialty shops to find something obscure. It’s just sugar, butter, eggs, self-rasing flowers and raspberries.¬†Even the raspberries are frozen, which I easily found at my local Co-Op.

Making the cake itself is also a doddle. I finished last night in less than 15 minutes, which a real win.

One thing to note if you do decide to make this– the quantity of raspberries is a bit miserly, only 250 grams. The first time I made this, it didn’t really cover the bottom of the pan. Last night when I made it, i went a bit overboard and added 600 grams of raspberries, which was too much. So maybe 500 grams would do it, but 250 grams is definitely not enough.

All in all, a triumph.

“Raspberry Upside-Down Cake” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

“Lamb Kofta Tagine”, “Golden Couscous” and “Butterscotch Apple Pudding” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

Louis: Aunty Woffy meatballs! Louis eat meatballs with Aunty Woffy!

Kate: I’m flattered to be associated with meatballs.

Anna: Kofta actually. But he knows meatballs, so that’s what I’ve told him they are. I’ll be interested to see if he eats them.

Peter: This is nice.

Anna: How many meatballs would you like Louis?

Louis: Two.

Anna: How much couscous?

Louis: No. No couscous.

Kate: Well I like it. In fact I’ll have a few more meatballs.

Anna: The pudding is a bit of a failure I’m afraid.

Peter: It tastes fine.

Anna: But there’s no sponge to speak of. It’s a sweet soggy mess. I think the cooking apples gave off too much moisture. It’s similar to Bill Granger’s banana butterscotch pudding recipe but doesn’t work as well. Oh well.

“Lamb Kofta Tagine”, “Golden Couscous” and “Butterscotch Apple Pudding” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

“Chicken and Ham Pie” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

Peter: Still no photo.

Anna: I’ve explained that.

Peter: It looks like a pie again. In fact, it looks like the fish pie from last week.

Anna: That will be the mashed potato on top. Your mum made this with the leftover roast chicken, as Rachel suggests. I like the fact she added in the leftover carrots from the meal too.

Peter: You know I like a good pie. This pie is no exception.

Anna: I have had some of the leftovers and it’s really quite yummy. Must be the double cream!

Peter: Did Louis have any for lunch today?

Anna: He did, and he loved it! Like father, like son. Pie.

“Chicken and Ham Pie” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

“Smoked Haddock Pie” from “Rachels’s Everyday Kitchen”

Peter: No photos.

Anna: Nope. I’m afraid there are no photos for a while. Trying to cook and serve a meal with an impatient toddler doesn’t lend itself to photography.

Peter: This looks like a fish pie. Pie. Yum.

Louis: Nana’s fish casserole!!

Anna: Yes, we’ve had this before. Nana made it last time. You love it don’t you Louis?

Peter: Bacon and smoked haddock make a pretty good combination.

Anna: It’s the saltiness that makes it so nice. As with all fish pies I used virtually every pan in the kitchen to make it, but I can get past that. We’ve fed four adults and have about 6 portions leftover for Louis. I will make this again!

“Smoked Haddock Pie” from “Rachels’s Everyday Kitchen”

“Quick Chicken Casserole” with “Pilaf Rice” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”

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MAKE THIS! It’s great! For the recipe in order to make that happen, click through on this sentence.

Andrew (14): Yum.

Maureen: I agree: Yum.

Nicholas (10): Yes, this is good.

Maureen: The rice is sort of like the Cowboy Rice I make, like they used to eat when they were out on the ranch, but this one doesn’t have oregano.

Andrew: This one is good too.

Nicholas: I’m giving it a thumbs up.

Maureen: There’s lots of good things about this. It doesn’t have any exotic ingredients and I had most of them on hand. It used up leftover roast chicken in a new and interesting way. And most of all, you like it, which is a big bonus.

“Quick Chicken Casserole” with “Pilaf Rice” from “Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen”