I thought it had happened again when I went to save the following photo of patato keftethes, and was told bluntly by my computer that a file already existed with that name. But a little exploration revealed, to my great relief, that I hadn't used the same book twice. I had used the same recipe twice. It seems that Mr Ziggy Neuf has published a recipe that is almost identical to this one from Stubbs' The Home Book of Greek Cookery. And of course that's the one I zeroed in on, completely forgetting my earlier carbolicious triumph. What's a girl to do when she loves fried mashed potato?
Patato Keftethes from Neuf, Z. The No Worries Aussie Gourmet Cookbook The Billy Blue Group 1984
Verdict: These were actually better than the first time I made them. I may be mastering the art of frying soft things.
Lots more recipes follow...
Pasta with Celery from Wolter, A.Vegetable Delights The Book Company International 1995
Verdict: I don't like celery. The Fella doesn't like celery. I have no idea why I thought this would be a good idea. Most unpleasant.
Simple Mushroom Omelet from Thomas, A. The Vegetarian Epicure Penguin 1979
Modifications: Added some goat's cheese to the mushroom filling
Risotto con Asparagi Selvatici (risotto with asparagus) from Ferrigno, U. Bringing Italy Home Mitchell Beazley 2005
Vegetarian Pie from The No Time to Cook Book: tempting time saving recipes for today JB Fairfax Press 1989
Modifications: Omitted asparagus
Verdict: Tasty enough, but not the tempting time-saver that the title of the book promised. This took forever to make and I was forced to snack on peanuts. Many, many peanuts.
Baked New Potatoes with Sea Salt and Rosemary from Oliver, J. Something for the Weekend Penguin 2004
Modifications: Used old potatoes.
Verdict: Simple and delicious. Perfect served alongside the following lasagna.
Lasagne with Spinach and Cheese from Elliot, R. Vegetarian Dishes of the World HarperCollins 1996
Modifications: Used mozzarella on top instead of Edam.
Verdict: Cheesy, but green, so obviously healthy.
Campari and Fresh Orange Juice from Stewart, M. Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining Ebury Press 1994
Modifications: May have put in a teeny bit more Campari than Martha recommended.
Verdict: I have not come down with a cold since drinking this, so I assume it's right what they say about orange juice and Vitamin C. I might just have to drink this every day.
Orange Swirls from Jones, B. Oranges Harlaxton Publishing 1993
Modifications: I did not make these swirly, but squished them with a fork.
Verdict: Crumbly, sweet and fabulous. I would have closed my eyes with pleasure whilst eating these, but someone would steal the rest of the biscuits if I did that.
Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Pumpkin, Ricotta and Sage from Strode, J. & J. Two's Cooking Pan Macmillan 2005
Verdict: A lovely change from my usual boiled gnocchi. Fresh ricotta on top was lovely.
Goats' Cheese Souffle from Timperley, C. & Norman, C. A Gourmet's Book of Cheese Golden Press 1989
Verdict: Rose nicely, but was a little bland.
Potato Kugel from Roden, C. The Book of Jewish Food Alfred A. Knopf 1996
Modifications: Halved the recipe.
Verdict: Very tasty. Like a big baked hash brown.
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Tomato and Ricotta Penne from Sanitarium: Best of Vegetarian Murdoch Books 1993
Modifications: Used fusilli instead of penne.
Verdict: Simple and very tasty.
Lavash from Malouf, G. & L. Saraban: a chef's journey through Persia Hardie Grant Books 2010
Verdict: Easy to make and great for mopping up the following eggplant dish
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Mnazellah from Partington, G. The Axis of Evil Cookbook Saqi Books 2007
Modifications: Used tinned tomatoes instead of fresh.
Verdict: Delicious. Nutmeg added a lovely dimension.
Vermicelli Rice from Roden, C. Arabesque: a taste of Morocco, Turkey & Lebanon Penguin 2005
Verdict: Very good served with Mnazellah.
Spinach and Feta Fatayer from Vera, V. Feast Bazaar Murdoch Books 2008
Modifications: Used frozen spinach instead of fresh.
Verdict: Excellent. Recipe makes a huge amount of filling. I froze some for another time.
Blueberry-Banana Muffins from Culinary Arts Institute: 250 Breads, Biscuits & Rolls Consolidated Book Publishers 1969
Modifications: Used butter instead of vegetable shortening.
Screwdriver from Speier, A.Z. (ed) The Official Harvard Student Agencies Bartending Course (3rd ed) St Martin's Griffin 1999
Modifications: Added an ice cube. May have put in more vodka than specified. Who has time to measure these things?
Verdict: A very good way of using up the last of the season's blood orange juice.
Risi e Bisi from Rogers, S. The Cook’s Garden Angus & Robertson 1992
Modifications: Used frozen peas and vegetable stock.
Verdict: Filling and comforting.