Diana Henry – a Change of Appetite


Cooking for a week from one book doesn’t necessarily mean the book is any good. On paper this book shouldn’t have been any good because it was given to me as a cast off.

What I tend to do is go from cover to cover and write down everything I think I’d practically like to make in a week.

I only sieved through pages 1 – 180 and picked the following recipes from ‘a Change of Appetite’:

  • Feta and Orange Salad with Honeyed Almonds
  • Greek Yoghurt and Apricot Ice Cream
  • Asparagus Veneto Style
  • Artichoke and Ricotta Salad with Honeyed Preserved Lemon Dressing
  • Middle Eastern Leeks with Yoghurt, Dill and Sumac
  • Spring Barley Couscous with Harissa and Buttermilk Sauce
  • Shaved Vegetables with Lemon and Olive Oil
  • Middle Eastern Yoghurt Bread
  • Grapefruit and Mint Sorbet
  • Nectarine, Tomato and Basil Salad with Torn Mozzarella
  • Goats Cheese and Cherry Salad with Almonds and Basil Gremolata
  • Turkish Spoon Salad with Haydari
  • Raspberries with Basil and Buttermilk Sherbert
  • Roast Tomatoes and Lentils with Dukkah Crumbed Eggs
  • Celeriac, Radicchio, Fennel and Apple Salad with Hazelnuts
  • Carrot, Cabbage and Apple Salad with Caraway
  • Roast Pumpkin and Jerusalem Artichokes with Agresto
  • Cavolo Nero and Bulgar Pilaf with Glazed Figs
  • Watercress and Carrot Salad
  • Kisir
  • Indian Spiced Spinach and Mushrooms with Black Lentils and Paneer
  • Pliaf of Mixed Grains, Sweet Potato and Fennel with Avocado Cream

I only stopped because there was definitely enough to make in one week. I’ll go through the rest of the book another time.

After shortlisting everything I want to make we then decide what we actually want the following week applying the logic that we need 4 evening dishes and 5 lunchtime dishes and maybe a few extra. We then try and order all the ingredients on Ocado.

There are number of recipes on the list above that I haven’t made yet – but I will.

I’d say this book has a very good selection of recipes for all types of cook – and that most of the recipes are pretty easy to make. You certainly won’t be slaving in the kitchen for hours. Nothing I made in this book took me more than an hour. Half the things I made were just throw it together in a bowl and eat straight away. Perfect for work where you don’t usually have much more than a microwave.

In summary, I’ll be making recipes from this book regularly. It has plenty of no meat, low-carb recipes and most of the ingredients are readily available.

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