What are you making for dinner tonight? That’s the question on every woman’s mind when she thinks about when it comes to running a household and sometimes ideas run out or food becomes bland. Well, not anymore! As a woman, I find it incredibly difficult to keep my menu exciting and tasty, granted I don’t care much about the whole calorie intake and whatnot, because frankly very few South African care about those things and it’s not that bad to be more inclined to liking tasty food than watching those calories, believe me. So, I sometimes make food out of recipe books, but it’s such a fuss having to somehow keep that South African flavour for the various palates and make sure that you measure everything properly (apparently only the UK uses the same measuring thingies)… Not anymore. For the past two weeks I’ve been testing recipes and trying my best to keep the food interesting with the help of Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the Heart by Alida Ryder and I must admit that it’s been successful thus far.
Of course, this is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a recipe book, so please bear with me as I try to explain things. Eventually I’ll get a hold of it, but for now let’s start with the important things.
Firstly, Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the Heart is filled with beautiful pictures that will make your mouth water and your tummy grumble. You won’t know what to make first, which is always a good thing, but rest assured, at some point something will catch your eye and then you’re going to start making your dinner, which leads me to the second point… In two weeks time, I’ve not had one recipe flop on me. The measurements of the ingredients (which I have explained earlier) is much easier to understand than some hoity toity masterchef’s recipe books and quite honestly, most of the ingredients you’ll find in your cupboards. Thirdly, the food is fun and easy to make – I’m no chef, I hate making food actually, but I do enjoy baking and Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the Heart really did make me more interested in making quality food. Lastly, I enjoyed the fact that Alida Ryder isn’t afraid to make the servings a little more generous! Don’t you just love a woman that enjoys eating a saucy steak that’s bigger than her pinky?
Like I said earlier, in South Africa we enjoy food. I don’t know a single vegetarian or vegan personally and funnily enough, around these parts we’re much healthier than people might think.
Gone are the days of junk food that causes health problems! I’m sticking to Alida’s recipes and I’m almost certain that other readers feel the same about it. To make things even more fun, you can check out her award winning blog called, Simply-Delicious, here. Try it, test it, enjoy it… LOVE IT! Also, click on the image to buy your copy of Simple & Delicious: Recipes From the Heart and you won’t be disappointed. I’m definitely not. Also, it would make for a great gift to the chef in the family, so bear that in mind when Christmas rolls in.