Two new books made their way into the house last month. I meant to blog about them as they arrived, but harvesting and jam making got me distracted :-)
The first book is by Blogging Buddy Suzy Bowler of Sudden Lunch fame. It's full of amazing recipes and ideas for that old favourite the Scone, and believe me it is a favourite in this house. Sweet scones, savoury scones, no matter how you say it whether it rhymes with stone or gone they taste delicious. I like a good old cheese scone (we say it to rhyme with gone), so does Lovely Hubby sometimes but he likes a cheese scone with jam, I prefer it simply with lots of lovely Lurpak butter.
This book is just what I had been looking for to give me more inspiration to try other flavours.
I really recommend this one :-)
In the same parcel came this book, written by Sophie Thompson who won last years Celebrity Masterchef.
This is not just the usual 'churn a book out quickly and make some money' type of book that normally follows this kind of programme, it is a delightful glimpse into her own unique kitchen and has lots of firm family recipes spanning four generations of her family.
The illustrations are brilliant ....
... but it's the recipes with their family anecdotes that are the main, and best part of the book.
I'm about halfway through this one at the moment, it's my 'upstairs' book, downstairs I have Alys Fowler's 'Abundance' on the go. It's getting confusing and I am trying not to dip into a third book although I am sorely tempted by my new Jamie Oliver book.
This excess of new books will be grinding to a halt in a couple of months with the start of my 'no new purchases' year, can I really do it I'm asking myself at the moment ... a whole year of not buying a single book!!
Last month I also bought this magazine with it's packet of free seeds.
I very nearly didn't buy it as I hadn't completely read through my subscription magazine Kitchen Garden, and with only one free packet of seeds on the cover thought perhaps I should just save my money, but I'm so glad I did. I read this one from cover to cover and it had so much useful to me at the time information in it, it was worth every penny .... and I've got a packet of Swede seeds to add to my collection for next year.