The essence of good food
Human & Rousseau
Review: Brian Joss
If you have a sweet tooth then you will find many dishes to tantalise your taste buds in Bibby’s Kitchen – from the to-die-for desserts – to a mouth-watering Mandarin Christmas Pud with Rum Caramel or a Baklava Snowflake. But the other recipes in this colourful cookery book are equally tempting. There are nine chapters, Pantry staples and kitchen basics; The breakfast club; The breaded table; Greens to grains – salads; Soulful soups; Slow food and simpler suppers; Dessert; Cake Friday and sweet morsels; Savoury bites and small plates.
You can learn how to make Labneh; crunchy vegetable pickle or za’tar; as well as jam, among others, in Pantry staples. You’ll be spoiled for choice for your breakfast menu: try buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes or Sunday morning breakfast scones, to enjoy in bed.
You’ll find recipes for a variety of breads including farmhouse seed bread and chickpea and cumin fllatbreads.
There is a generous selection of salads. Choose from hummus salad bowls or unusually, watermelon and tomato salad with mint and cherry dressing. However, with watermelons starting from R75 it’s a luxury. Zucchini and mint soup or curly kale and bean soup with freekeh and Parmesan will warm the cockles of your heart. Spicy aubergine and paneer curry; spatchcock Mexican chicken with nectarine salsa or slow-braised red wine oxtail; or North African lamb knuckle pie are ideal for simple and slow-cooked suppers.
Desserts if you’re posh or pudding if you’re not include nectarine and bourbon pie or no-bake caramel and walnut chocolate tart, and where you can find the star of the show: mandarin Christmas pud with rum caramel. And you don’t have to wait until December 25 to make it. You’ll find recipes for walnut and rye apple cake or a carrot and beet cake or holiday cinnamon rolls, in Cake Friday and sweet morsels. Savoury bites and small plates include dishes from the Middle East, especially the food sold by Israeli vendors in Jerusalem. One is muhammara, a spicy Turkish dip or crispy chickpeas.
The recipes in Bibby’s Kitchen are easy to follow and most of ingredients are easily available although some may be expensive.
The author is a highly regarded cookery teacher, food stylist, recipe developer, food photographer and content creator
Bibby’s Kitchen is an adventure in cooking.