Cooking with Ian Haste
The concept is simple and the cookbook is perfectly easy to follow and recipes are achievable.
One Shopping Basket with your Weekly Shopping = 7 Meals = No Waste = Save Money!
I picked the Summer chapter ( Basket 7). There are 10 chapters (baskets) in the book ranging from Light to Round the World. Each meal feeds 2 and the portions are generous.
For each week you get a detailed shopping list and the menu. I don’t normally do a weekly shop however I feel a transformation coming on. Planning my meals makes me feel in control of what I am eating for dinner and saves me money because I am not popping to the shops multiple times.
What I like about Ian Haste’s book is the recipes are varied and they are not hard to make. I also found you can tweak them a bit in case you don’t have all the ingredients.
Here are some of the recipes I have tried:
Griddled Tuna Steak, Nicoise Salad: This salad was so tasty and vibrant it made a healthy evening meal.
Feta & Chicken Meatballs in Lemon Spaghetti: Juicy meatballs with fresh-tasting spaghetti. This was so delicious and the lemon spaghetti balanced the dish out well.
Thai Coconut King Prawn Curry: I have never made a Thai Curry from scratch and after I made this one I don’t think I will go back to packet mixtures. The dish was fragrant and I have made this twice. It is so quick too- cooks in 20 minutes.
Chorizo & Mushroom Toasts with Sunny Side-Up Eggs: All my favourite ingredients on my plate. We enjoyed this as a breakfast and the combination of ingredients is spot on. I would never have put honey in with chorizo and mushrooms however it works so well.
Tear & Share Chicken Shashlik Naan: I was a bit flustered at the thought of making my own naan. My mum is a pro at it but I have never made them. I preferred not to share mine but just roll it up and tuck into it. It was scrumptious. My first couple of naans were not perfect but they got better.
Peach & Sage-Stuffed Pork Fillet with Garlic Potatoes: This makes a juicy Sunday roast. I could not get a big pork fillet and bought medallions instead. They worked just as well.
I was gifted the book and some vouchers for the food shopping. I was under no obligation to write a blog post. All views are honest and my own.