Friday, 25 May 2012

vegetable pilaf - a book giveaway



... the lovely people at bloomsbury books have sent me a copy of Joanna Weinberg's new cookbook - cooking for real life... it's an 'everyday' cooks book that is packed with family-friendly but really rather delicious recipes that are written in an open and knowing style that comes from someone who has clearly been in the situations we've all been in such as the surprise of friends suddenly dropping by, or feeding a family with what's in the larder... I like the 'ordinary-ness' and no-fuss of the recipes and as Joanna says herself, 'not every meal has to shine'... the photography is charmingly retro and occasionally as basic as the concept and there are also some cool '60's inspired graphics that head up each chapter... followed by some neat 'instant tips' also done in a retro style...


... I've always liked Joanna's writing, she writes a weekly column for The Times, so it's great to see her work in one place and it's also nice to hear a new voice out there...

... as always when I review a book I like to cook something from the book itself and I actually had real trouble choosing... I wanted something simple to reflect the quality of the book but I also wanted something that I didn't have to go out and shop for... so always in stock in my cupboard is rice...


vegetable pilaf - taken from the daily grind chapter of the book

1.5 lt vegetable stock
240g basmati rice (I used regular long grain as that's what I had in...)
40g butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion - finely chopped
250g cauliflower, broken into florets
75g cashew nuts (i used pine nuts as I had them in the larder)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon hot chilli powder
pinch saffron threads
100g frozen peas
100g tinned, drained chickpeas

- bring the vegetable stock to the boil, add the rice and boil vigorously for 5 minutes, drain and set aside

- in a large pan melt the butter and oil together and fry the onions until turning golden, add a pinch of salt, the cauliflower, cashews and the spices and fry for a couple of minutes until everything is coated in oil and spices

- push the veg into a low mound in the middle of the pan, stir the chickpeas and peas through the rice and then pack this mixture around and on top of the veg and nuts

- pour over 325ml boiling water, wrap the lid of the pan in a tea towel and place on the pan so that no steam can escape.  Set over a high heat for 3 minutes and then a low heat for 10 minutes until the water is absorbed.

- switch off the heat and let it rest for 2 mins

- remove the lid, place a plate upside down over the pan and invert both in one movemnet so that the rice lands on the plate with the vegetables and nuts on top - scatter over the coriander leaves

... I have very kindly been given a copy of the book to give away to one of you lucky readers.  All you have to do is leave a comment below... you can also enter again by tweeting I've entered @belleaukitchen 's cooking for real life book giveaway, you can too: http://belleaukitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/vegetable-pilaf-book-giveaway.html  and then let me know you've tweeted by leaving another comment... simple! I will announce the winner at the end of the month...

eat and of course, enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! It sounds like the perfect cook book for a working mum of 4 who likes to put something yummy and nutritious on the table for her family (AKA me!).

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  2. love me a pilaf, especially if it has cashews in it - my favourite. Count me in for a giveaway any day! x

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  3. Delicious sounding Dom and great to have with the hot days we are enjoying at the moment-just my sort of food-yum!! Now do we get the book also signed by you now you are a TV star??

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  4. Sounds really delicious.

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  5. I've tweeted too.
    @Corinathecook

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  6. So tasty, so easy, so free from meat, so I'm going to make some!

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  7. As I am on a retro kick at the moment this book sounds like me. Sometimes its as much a challenge to dish up a meal with what's in the cupboard as it is to plan a shopping expedition. Your right sometimes all you want is simple. Rice always a winner I say!

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  8. Liking all the bracketed notes! Recipes can feel so restrictive sometimes, it's nice to see a cook who appreciates that you don't always have saffron knocking around the place :)

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  9. 'Not every meal has to shine' ... ain't that the truth? Sometimes, a bowl of rice and some easy vegetables or a quick cooked mince mash is just the ticket to fill the belly and give the cook an easy night ... especially important for families on the run! Good review, Dom! You picked a good dish to highlight!

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  10. I read a review of this book somewhere else recently that raved about it.

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  11. I have also tweeted @agagirls

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  12. Yes, like the idea of cooking for real life not just aspirational. Risotto looks good. Am impressed with the photo - it's the sort of thing that would just look messy if I did it.

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  13. Looks like a lovely book- would love to add it to my collection! Pilaf recipe looks lovely and summery

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  14. I have also tweeted @ekitchendiary

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  15. this looks a great "everyday" cookbook... perfect for my OH who is developing an interest in cooking

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  16. The cook book sounds really nice! Great spice combo and delicious one pot meal. Have a great weekend!

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  17. ooh I'm a sucker for an everyday ordinary sort of recipe, thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. GREAT recipe and I also have a book to give away as well as a review copy Dom, so don't add me into the draw! I have not had a chance to look at mine properly yet....but love what I see already as I skimnmed through the book.

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  19. Got a big cauliflower in the veg box this week - maybe half of it will end up being pilaf-ed!

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  20. I like the sound of a book that doesn't make me feel bad for not cooking up a gourmet feast each evening - long days and late home from work is not conducive to spending time making feasts. Sounds like I agree with the philosophy of this book!

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  21. Yum your picture looks so tempting. Sounds like a great book too. I love everyday, simple recipes!

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  22. I've just tweeted from @bakingaddict

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  23. Looks like a good book, always trying to find new inspiration for ever day meals

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  24. This would be a good book to choose a random recipe from - sometimes you just want something simple, eh?

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  25. There's a lot to be said for solid, dependable and tasty recipes got everyday!

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  26. Looks a lovely book - always on the look out for new recipes!

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  27. and have tweeted @maxineflossy

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  28. I have read a piece of Joanna's writing before, so what with that and the sample recipe you have posted this looks set to be a good book.

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  29. I have tweeted @Black_Catssx

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  30. The recipe looks delicious - great for during the week and I don't always want to eat meat!

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  31. What a fabulous book for healthy eating! Definitely something I need more of in my life :)

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  32. I'm also tweeting (@KookyKaty)

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  33. The book sounds wonderful & would really inspire everyday meals. Love the retro look of it too! I bet you could add all sorts of summer veggies to that pilaf, yummy!

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  34. Oh I Tweeted too! @chouxchouxbedoo :o)

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  35. Looks lovely! I'm going to have to try this for sure.

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  36. and I've tweeted. :) @TangoRaindrop

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  37. I've tweeted (I think!!)

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