Weekly Love: the one where I announced my new cookbook
1. Over at BBC Food, my recipe for Vietnamese-style Loaded Fries. | 2. Sharing my first new author photo since 2015 (!) as part of the run up towards the publication of my new book. | 3. From over at my Bookstagram profile Lilac & Ink, my review of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (ad). | 4. Fetching farm gate eggs from our local vending machine after finding our local supermarket shelves stripped bare. | 5. A great storecupboard dish, again over at BBC Food: my Orzo Risotto with Lemon and Fresh Oregano. Also: have you seen my storecupboard guide yet? | 6. And the big announcement that feels like a lifetime ago now, on June 11th (there are no plans to change this yet!) my second book One Pan Pescatarian will hit the shelves, either if they’re physical or still just digital by then. You can pre-order your copy here (ad).
- The Kitchn has a really smart tip for making the best stews in your slow cooker that I honestly can’t believe that I’ve not thought of before.
- Kelly’s had the most exquisite country pub lunch in Woodstock. She’s also found another fantastic pub nearby where you can stay the night.
- Oh, and she’s also found a stunning motel (really!) in the same area.
- And she’s written about what it is like to suffer from healthy anxiety in our new Coronavirus-wary world.
- Jacintha has put together a great looking 3-day Cape Town guide.
- Yaya and Lloyd have found a beautiful German village, castle and lunch.
- Kate has put together a great guide to Marrakech.
- Food 52’s tips for preparing for a pandemic are actually best practice for everyday life. And, if you’re based in the US they’ve put together a great list of where to donate to help the most vulnerable through this crisis.
- Also, Lindsay has written a great – and post importantly positive post – about practical cooking and pantry tips going forward.
- Vegetarians? Kate has put together a brilliant roundup of storecupboard meals (you can find my list here) plus a list of useful pantry item substitutions to use in your favourite recipes.
- Also, this guide from Cook Republic is great if not getting enough fruit and veggies in your diet is your chief concern.
- Kristabel has written an honest diary of the highs and lows of London renting (you have no idea how ill and stressed finding our current home made me last year!) with some great options discussed even I had no idea about after all my research. (Part 2)
- Michelle has some great tips for how to read more.
- I’ll admit that Leslie’s post about having to postpone her wedding because of Coronavirus made me cry a little, but it also contains some important messages about perspective.
What have you been finding small pockets of joy in this week, and what have you been up to at home to stay active and occupied? I’ve still got a bit of work to do for clients but then I’m hoping to spend time working on my novel, and of course keep on brining you more recipes using storecupboard essentials. I’ve also been making sure to go for a long country walk each day! For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter (and get my free Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes eBook) which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook and restaurant reviews, and other updates!