The Sheffield Cook Book Put To The Test

The old saying tells us that the proof is in the pudding, but I didn’t fancy a sweet when it came to putting the Sheffield Cook Book to the test.

In a previous blogpost I said that I would like to have a go at Cutler’s Spices’ Baked Lime and Chilli Cod with Grape Chutney and that was my first dish. Having said that, I didn’t make all the elements of the dish – in addition to the chutney, there should have been a red wine jus and a salad dressing. Well, any kind of jus seemed a bit excessive for a midweek tea and I tend not to bother with salad dressings at the best of times.

And although that jus, with its chilli, turmeric, coriander and cumin spicing sounded interesting, we were quite happy with the freshness of the grape, coriander, garlic and chilli chutney. It was the perfect accompaniment for the lime and chilli flavoured cod and is something that I plan on rustling up for my next cheeseboard! What’s more, the whole dish took less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook AND it was healthy – I can’t but recommend this recipe.

sheff cook book test

After the fresh and zesty flavours of lime, chilli and coriander, I fancied something a bit richer the next day and after enjoying tagliatella salsiccia a few times before, I couldn’t resist the version submitted by Nonnas. Sadly a lack of organisation and forward planning meant that I didn’t manage to get hold of any Italian sausages, but a bit of research found me mixing plain sausage meat with ground fennel seeds, garlic and chilli flakes along with fresh rosemary, basil and thyme. In terms of other alterations I also used a tin of tomatoes instead of the passata and bog standard penne instead of the tagliatella (ok so my version was actually penne salsiccia).

And, even with the faff that I had preparing the sausages (something you will hopefully not need to bother with), it was still pretty quick and easy to get going. The only trouble you may have with this recipe is the 8 hour cooking time, but I found 5 was more than enough. Maybe this is one for the slow cooker… Anywho, irrespective of the cooking time, it was deliciously rich and packed with warming flavours with the hint of fennel coming through to cut through some of the richness. And, with the recipe serving four, it meant that we had leftovers – and believe me when I say that it tastes even better the next day!

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I recommended this book just after a quick glance, and now that I’ve actually tried a couple of the recipes, that recommendation doesn’t change. It’s a great book for Sheffield, it’s an even better one for your cookery book collection.

Head to Amazon to get your hands on a copy for £12.95.

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