Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cottage Cooking Club Month of May #4 Recipes

It's time again for the Cottage Cooking Club to come together. We are a group of international blogger's that collectively post our pictures and experiences as we cook along with two of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's cookbooks. The books are, "River Cottage Every Day" and "Love Your Leftovers". Our group is meant to be a project aimed at incorporating more seasonal dishes in our everyday cooking. Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness is our dedicated founder and leader. The goal is to cook and share as many recipes from either cookbook of our choosing. Currently we are in month four and I prepared 4 recipes.

Honey Whole-Wheat Cake 
Let’s start with dessert first, shall we. Moist and dense this Honey Whole-Wheat Cake is a real crowd pleaser. I served this warm with a light smear of Nutella spread on top. The base consist mostly of ground almonds, whole wheat flour, eggs and honey. Delicious and not too sweet. I will prepare this one again and again. This recipe is from "River Cottage Every Day", Chapter, Treats, page 386.

Egg Fried Rice
The egg fried rice was another personal favorite. I started with leftover brown rice and quinoa from the previous evening. For the veggies I used broccoli, red bell pepper, carrots, green onions, spinach and onion. I followed Hugh’s method with raving success. First I stir fried the veggies, then removed them from the pan, next added the rice, cooked it through then moved it to the side of the pan and added the egg mixture. Breaking up the eggs pieces as they cooked, then adding back in all the ingredients for a quick heat through and stir. I served this with a Sriracha hot sauce. A great clean out your fridge dish. This recipe is from “Love Your Leftovers”, Chapter, Leftover Rice page 196.

Bubble and Squeak
Next up Bubble and Squeak, which is a traditional British leftover dish. Hugh say’s the name comes from the sound the ingredients make frying in a pan. Here I used leftover fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, chard and garlic. I used a combination of olive oil and butter to sauté my vegetables in, starting first with the potatoes and garlic and adding in everything else. Meals like this are satisfying and comforting and a great way to use up leftovers. This recipe is from “Love Your Leftovers”, Chapter, Launchpads for Leftovers, page 50.

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole with Cider
Up last is a Chicken and Mushroom Casserole with Cider. Another humble comforting dish with layers of flavor. The chicken is browned on both sides and then placed into a baking dish. The pan is deglazed with apple cider. Mushrooms are sautéed and then added along with bayleaf and thyme. The apple cider sauce is finished with mustard and heavy cream. This recipe is from "River Cottage Every Day", Chapter, Thrifty Meat, page 214.

These recipes have been adapted from the "River Cottage Every Day" and "Love Your Leftovers” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

To see what recipes the other members chose for this month, head over to the LYL post for May 2017 on the CCC website, by clicking here.

Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

48 comments:

  1. Very delicious! That wholewheat honey cake looks really great and I can totally enjoy it as a breakfast!

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    1. Thanks Angie, me too love little sweets like this for breakfast.

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  2. A nice variety of dishes this month---I'd be happy with that egg fried rice for lunches this week and the cake look so moist and lovely!

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    1. Thanks Liz, it was another fun month cooking with the Cottage Cooking Club.

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  3. That cake looks great. I hope you will share the recipe with us.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, I'm not supposed to with this cooking group but I can send you a copy directly, will take a few days.

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  4. The Brits really have a way with words. Love the sound of Bubble and Squeak and the looks of the yummy veggies. Of course, this sweet tooth would also LOVE the honey wheat cake. Great idea to slather with a bit of Nutella =)

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    1. They do, love the words they use. I also have a sweet tooth that I battle, usually it wins;)

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  5. You did good with the four dishes! That wholewheat honey cake looks enticing, and I did enjoyed the chicken and mushroom dish.

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    1. Thanks Emily, looks like we only have 2 months left. I hope to get more dishes out next month.

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  6. It all looks so so delicious. Can't pick one, I'll have to try everything :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia! have a wonderful time on your trip.

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  7. Sounds like River Cottage Every Day is a book I should check out. Everything looks delicious, but the two from that book would be first top choices!

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    1. They are great cookbooks, and so versatile. Hope you are getting warmer weather your way. Thanks Kris!

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  8. Dear Cheri, thank you for your dedication to The Cottage Cooking Club and your continued support of our online cooking group. Love all four dishes that you prepared - that Honey Whole-Wheat Cake is one of my favorite dessert recipes from Hugh, it is moist and utterly delicious - I am not surprised at all that you enjoyed it so much. The Chicken Casserole with Cider is on my list of "to-make" dishes, it cuaght my eye a while back...once the kitchen is less cool and we will be over this heatwave, I shall finally give this one a go. You did a fabulous job with your presentations - all your dishes look outstanding!!! Colorful, prepared with so much attention for detail and lots of love!
    Thank you, again, my friend!
    "See" you very soon!
    Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea, first of all thanks for hosting you have been so gracious and professional. Can't beleive that we only have 2 months left but I guess all great things must come to a end. Enjoying cooking together and sharing!

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  9. The chicken with the cider mustard sauce would definitely be something I would enjoy making…a real comfort meal.

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    1. Thanks Karen, i love those kind of meals too, hope you are having a great Memorial weekend.

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  10. All look amazing and delicious, I love this cake !!

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    1. Thanks Gloria, Hugh's recipes are the best.

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  11. These recipes all look great! The Honey Whole Wheat Cake especially sounds good!

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  12. So many delicious dishes Cheri, and I'm especially loving this cake!

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  13. I love the sound of that Honey and Whole Wheat Cake - and it looks wonderful. Nutella makes everything better too :) We are big fans of fried rice and that chicken - yum!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I enjoyed Hugh's method for the fried rice, one of my favorite dishes.

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  14. It looks very delicious! That wholewheat honey cake looks awesome. Perfect for breakfast. Yum Yum :)

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    1. Thanks Ritu, cake is always good for breakfast;)

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  15. Oh yum, chicken casserole looks so good!☺

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  16. All the dishes look wonderful , I especially like the chicken with the cider mustard.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, I really enjoyed the sauce.

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  17. Hi Cheri! Love your selections for the month. The fried rice sounds classic and delicious. Hope you have been well and I've been enjoying your ongoing selections! Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Peggy, it's been a great month. Hope all is going well.

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  18. Always fun to see what you cook up as part of your cottage cooking club!! They look delicious! I really like the chicken and fried rice. I want to try it all! : )

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    1. Thanks Monica, I really like the chicken and fried rice too, it's nice to be able to control the amount of veggies as I prefer extra when we get take-out.

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  19. I haven't had Bubble and Squeak in forever! And it's a fun dish. Loads of good dishes this time -- I want them all! Thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks John, it was another great month. Appreiciate you stopping by.

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  20. Oh YUM! Absoluelty loving your collection, I so want to eat them all. But that honey wholewheat cake looks scrumptious, Cheri.

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    2. Thanks Anu! hope you are having a great week.

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  21. You were rocking it this month! You selected some great dishes to highlight seasonal eating. The Honey whole-wheat cake caught my eye. And egg fried rice with late spring vegetables always awesome. Last couple of dishes especially "Bubble and Squeak" Love it.

    As always, thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva, appreciate you stopping by.

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  22. Lovely dinner! And it's so nice to have a dessert that's a little healthier!

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  23. Wow, you've had a delicious month! So much good stuff!

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