In a different life, I picture myself puttering in my English-style cottage garden growing vegetables and flowers. Oh, and of course, there are chickens. Different kinds like the ones that lay blue eggs.
Okay, so I live in suburbia in a ranch home with no chickens BUT I do have a really productive vegetable garden and a husband who’s an avid fisherman and hunter. One of my go-to cookbooks is Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie at Home – Cook Your Way to the Good Life”.
What Jamie’s done with this cookbook is pure genius. It’s divided into sections by season. He includes gardening tips with a complete list of the produce he grows and why. But the best part is that this book isn’t intimidating. It makes you want to try and garden if you’ve never done it before or to cook with a new ingredient that you might be afraid of like rabbit. Vegetarians will LOVE this book. I would say that about 40% of the recipes are vegetarian and are easily identified in the index.
Everything I’ve ever made has turned out amazing. A family favorite is Jamie’s wild mushroom and venison stroganoff for two lucky people. If you’re nervous about cooking venison, this is a no-fail recipe. Tip: make sure you have everything prepped in advance. This is a really quick recipe. You can substitute bourbon for brandy and buttered noodles work just as well as rice. Oh, and I leave out the gherkins.
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