The Weekend Cook – Cookbook Review

The Weekend Cook

A lot has changed in my life in the last year and one of those things is the frequency with which I cook. It turns out cooking dinner for one is really a lot of work, so most nights, dinner is just something quick and easy, if in fact I bother with it at all!

On the weekends I try to make it a bit more special: waffles for breakfast, fresh bread, and if I have the time, some batch cooking for the week ahead.

The Weekend Cook* is the latest addition to my cook book collection. It’s a collection of meals that can be prepared when you have some lazy time. They aren’t all complicated or time consuming, just a little more luxurious than a mid week ‘get food on the table and the kids in the bath and bed’ kind of meal.

The Weekend Cook

How’s The Weekend Cook organized?

The recipes in The Weekend Cook book are organised by when you might want to make them – Friday night takeaway, Saturday kickstart breakfasts and lunches, Sunday best brunches, Monday morning boosters, and so on. There are beautiful full page photos of the finished products throughout the book.Weekend Cookbook

What type of recipes will you find in The Weekend Cook?

With over 200 pages, there are plenty of recipes in this book. They include regular favourites like Chicken Chow Mein and Lamb Kebabs with Hot Chilli Sauce, Chicken, Chorizo and Seafood Paella, and similar ‘known’ foods. The recipes include standard ingredients that you’ll find in most kitchens, or at least easily in most regular supermarkets. The recipes are generally actually quite simple, yet still delicious without ridiculous amounts of ingredients.Techniques used in The Weekend Cook

The recipes include step by step instructions and I haven’t come across any unusual or unlikely equipment requirements. Techniques are pretty standard – chop, pour, mix, grill, fry and so on.

There are also informational sections in this cookbook, with topics like “Tips for Weekend Cooking”, “How to host a perfect dinner party”, “Wine tasting tips” and so on.
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Where can you find The Weekend Cookbook

The Weekend Cookbook (ISBN-13: 978-1472392527) from Parragon has a £15 RRP, and is available from Amazon* and many major retailers. At the time of publishing it’s on sale at The Works for £3 or £13.49 at Amazon.

I think this is a lovely lazy weekend cookbook. Not just that but it has plenty of inspirational ideas that will widen your cooking repertoire while – generally speaking – not requiring anything arduous from you, either in ingredients or effort.

Free! Multifunctional Kitchen Machine Christmas Recipes e-book

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I’m really excited to be able to share with you a little project I’ve been working on with some of my blogging friends: a free e-book with 16 of our favourite Christmas themed recipes.  And yes, I said a free e-book.

This e-book contains sixteen recipes from Forking Foodie’s Andrea, Jane from Why Is There Air, Kirrin from Kirrin’s Kitchen, Lesley from Me and my Thermie and myself. These recipes are some of our Christmas go-to’s with everything from Andrea’s appetisers and a luxurious drinks recipe, to amazing gift ideas from Jane and myself. You won’t be short of sweets and cakes on the Christmas table with the chocolate puddings from Lesley, or the beautiful Pistachio Rose Bliss Balls from Kirrin.

We really hope that you’ll enjoy these recipes, and add them to your family’s Christmas traditions year after year.


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Win A Signed Copy Of Jo Pratt’s Madhouse Cookbook – UK Only

I love cookbooks and more than that, I love finding recipes I enjoy and then adapting them for the Thermomix®, and making them healthier according to our version of healthier. I have a few reviews coming up in the next few weeks, but today I want to share a competition with  you.

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One lucky reader can win a signed copy of Jo Pratt’s Madhouse Cookbook by entering the competition below.

Jo Pratt, TV chef and author, is helping families create some quick, delicious and nutritious meals on The Ideas Kitchen website with Panasonic.  They’ve created a series of videos with simple recipes you can watch for guidance. Being sponsored by Panasonic, Jo uses the microwave for her recipe videos, which are also easily adapted to normal stove top cooking.

The recipe book you’re entering to win doesn’t, but has recipes for ‘Monday to Friday Survival’, ‘The Busy Weekend’ and ‘Clinging On To Your Social Life’, a section you could utilise well with Christmas on the way.

To be in with a chance of winning one of two copies of Jo’s new book, just pop over to The Ideas Kitchen website and have a look at her video recipes.

Return here and tell me which recipe you’d love to try!

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*I have not been paid or compensated in any way for this competition. I’m just running it for you, the readers!*