My Petite Kitchen Cookbook by Eleanor Ozich »
Want to eat better? Try these simple, fabulous wholefood recipes
By Laura McKinnon
Eleanor Ozich has produced a winner! My Petite Kitchen Cookbook is a book that delivers exactly what it set out to do; the creation of a wholefood collection of recipes that are simple, tasty and easy to achieve.
Delicious food never felt so healthy and filling. Ozich believes in cooking with ingredients that are seasonal, that are not difficult to prepare and are not expensive.
She has first-hand experience of the health benefits of clean, whole food – the recipes in this book were created as part of her family's 'road to simple eating', adopted as a means of trying (successfully) to cure her four-year-old daughter's severe eczema.
My Petite Kitchen Cookbook has more than 100 gluten free recipes, as well as options for vegetarians and vegans. However, even if these do not concern you, this cookbook still has loads of appeal due to its ability to create delicious food from healthy ingredients. It also has appropriate photography for each recipe taken by the multi-talented author.
Where to start with the recipes? There are certainly a whole heap of them all coming in under the headings of breakfasts, light meals and sides, mains, desserts, dainty nibbles, drinks, and basics.
It is hard to say there are highlights in this cookbook with so many delicious recipes jumping out at you to try, but I certainly have some favoured ones. Egg Pots with Nutmeg Crème Fraiche are simply a great way to start the day, and a recipe where you need to ensure there is enough to go around.
The Best Baked Beans will have parents jumping for joy; kids will love them, they are healthier and tastier than the tinned variety and best of all you can make a double batch so you can keep some for days where you cannot be bothered cooking.
The Caramelised Shallot and Thyme Frittata with Buffalo Mozzarella will have you salivating just over the picture alone, but put it in front of friends and family and you’ll become the hero of the day.
The Leek and Cauliflower Gratin with Crunchy Hazelnuts and Thyme is an absolute winner. A perfect accompaniment to anything you may serve as a main. The Best Grilled Fennel in a Smoky Paprika Tomato Sauce with Bacon is a surprise for the taste buds and certainly something that might be considered a little different, but for all the right reasons.
The list of tasty dishes goes on – Honey, Lemon and Lavender Chicken; Meatballs with Creamy Cauliflower Mash; Beetroot and Brown Rice Risotto (Heston, eat your heart out!); Baked Cinnamon and Vanilla Custard; Coconut Cream Popsicles; Beetroot Chocolate Pudding and Black Bean and Date Chocolate Brownies to name a few.
My Petite Kitchen Cookbook also contains a basics section that deals with the creation of stocks, sauces, ghee, pesto, creams, preserving and curd. This is a fantastic accompaniment for such a well rounded book.
Eleanor Ozich has provided a deeply rewarding cookbook. The recipes are sensational, but knowing that they are mostly healthy and wholesome feels downright incredible!
Considering that most of the recipes are easy for the home cook to replicate and produce this book would make an absolutely fantastic addition to home cookbook collections; especially for those who are health conscious but still enjoy taste.
As the saying goes, it's the simple things in life that are often the best. My Petite Kitchen Cookbook proves it.
My Petite Kitchen Cookbook is published in Australia by Murdoch Books (Sydney, 2014; hc, 238pp) and retails in Australia for $39.95
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