I’ve been running a little low on enthusiasm to get into the kitchen lately. Exhaustion from moving and growing a baby and just all the day to day jobs I have to do mean that I’ve been finding it hard to get excited about cooking……..and especially because I also have to keep our dinners gluten and dairy free for little miss.
I’d seen a few pictures for this book popping up online this week (and I’ve just discovered that the book launched this week so that makes sense!). And when I saw it at Big W today I had to pick it up and bring it home with me. This is a meat free and gluten free cookbook and mostly dairy free and that’s what really appealed to me. I need some inspiration in that department and this book truly delivers. In fact I’m going to put it right up there with Against All Grain which is my go to book when I want to try something new out on the family.
My Darling Lemon Thyme is a food blog and now a book. The food is beautifully styled and presented and is full of family friendly recipes that everyone will enjoy making and eating. I like that this book isn’t about having lots of new ingredients in your house just to make something. Eggs, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, gluten free flours and grains, olive oil, some coconut oil in recipes and recipes at the back of the book to make your own pastry, sauces and even a gluten free sourdough starter that I will have to make at the new house
You can tell that a lot of thought and work has gone into this book. It is for how people want to eat these days and so many of us have children or someone in the family on a special diet. But the appeal of this book is that you won’t feel like you’re eating food for a special diet. It’s just good healthy wholesome food minus the gluten and the meat. In fact I didn’t even realise it was meat free till I got home so it’s great for the vegetarians and vegans too. I’m itching to try so many recipes and when I started to list them I realised that I wanted to make most of the things in the book.
But if I had to narrow it down to say a top 10 that I will be making first? sweetcorn and basil fritters, mung bean pancakes with satay vegetables, brown rice salad with spice roasted carrots, feta and pine nuts, quinoa and lemon anzac biscuits, lemon honey and thyme curd shortbreads, dark chocolate coconut bites, peanut brown rice patties, chocolate avocado tart, chai cheesecake with earl grey fig sauce and pecan maple tart………….was that 10?
You get the picture anyway. Recipes that you want to try and a book that you want to pick up and read and plan meals from. This is definitely one of the best of the gluten free books that I’ve purchased and if you want to eat a bit healthier and get into wholefoods then this might just be the book for you. I’m really excited that most of the recipes will suit my little miss and her special diet while also keeping the family happy.
Well done to Emma for such a beautiful book. I shouldn’t be buying cookbooks since we are moving house so soon but this had to come home with me and it’s going to get a lot of use at this house.