Monday, 2 September 2013

Book Review - World Food Cafe Quick and Easy Recipes from a Vegetarian Journey

I was recently sent this fabulous vegetarian recipe book to review that features recipes from countries all over the world. The book is written by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott who have spent over 20 years travelling around the world collecting recipes from all sorts of places like street stalls, restaurants and roadside cafes to name a few. 


This recipe book is easy to follow and has some wonderful ideas for meals, snacks and drinks all of which sound delicious. It also has some beautiful pictures showing the different countries the recipes have been taken from, I have to admit I am a sucker for photos in a recipe book! 


I found it quite hard to choose a recipe to make from this book because I want to try them all. I finally decided on some Yellow Split Pea Fritters they just look so tasty in the picture I had to try and recreate them! These are a street snack eaten in Burma...........


Yellow Spilt Pea Fritters

You need:
225g yellow split peas, soaked overnight
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped (I used one)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
a good handful o chopped coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt to taste, oil for frying

To make: 
Drain and rinse the soaked peas. Blend half until a smooth paste and roughly chop the other half so they give some bite. Combine all ingredients together. 

Scoop out a dessertspoon of mixture and roll between your hands to make a ball then flatten into a patty. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. 

Fry the fritters in a wok or pan until they are golden brown on both sides. Then drain them on kitchen towel before serving.


I served ours on a bed of lettuce with pepper sticks and a dollop of mayo, these would have been perfect with hummus but we had none, boo!


I loved these fritters, so easy to make and so delicious! I will definitely be making these again, my sister and her husband would love them. I am really excited to try out more of the recipes in this book, if they are all as good as this one we are in a for a treat round mine : )

The one thing I love about doing a recipe book review is it gets me creating a dish I just wouldn't have thought of on my own. I don't experiment enough in the kitchen and this review has reminded me of that. So I am making it my mission to try at least one new recipe a month.

As a little treat for my readers I have this offer for you valid until the end of September!!!!!

To order World Food Cafe: Quick & Easy (9780711232969) at the special offer price of £16.00 (inc UK p&p) please call Bookpoint on 01235 400 400 and quote the code 46WORLDFOODCAFE.

Question:

Have you sen this cook book, do you like to try out new recipes or prefer making up your own?

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