Fun, fast and easy children’s cookbook, by Annabel Carmel • Glam Adelaide

This is one of the rare books that will make you wonder how good it is.

Annabelle Carmel received an MBE in honor of the Queen’s birthday for her work in child nutrition. Her autobiography includes 30 years and 47 cookbooks under her apron, making her the No. 1 children’s cook in the UK.

With these credentials, among others, it is not surprising. Fun, fast and easy It’s just great for young and old. The recipes are simple but there are many unexpectedly delicious variations of modern cuisine that no one would expect to find in a children’s cookbook: gnocchi, courgette and herbal muffins, and sticky salmon and rice on offer. Here are a few examples.

Bryony Clarkson’s brilliant portrayal and Ant Duncan’s delicious food photography all add color and flavor to the book: the fruit is shaped like an owl. Eggs are made on toast Pancakes are laid out like a worm; even the fonts used and the cutout design of the Highlight Box add to the joy of turning every page and engaging with recipes.

Caramel recipes are marked with useful categories – gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, veggie, vegan, and frozen – while ingredient lists include more Clarkson drawings to illustrate the product. Numbering steps, short sentences and lots of white space make the recipes easy to follow.

At the beginning of the book, Carmel outlines some of the principles of the kitchen, including the need to use adults to handle hot and spicy items, and provides some good lists around the equipment. Meets allergies, and includes simple food changes. Rotate to a recipe. There is also a page for adults to help with the kitchen.

Although targeted at a young audience that wants to help with family cooking, the quality and variety of recipes on offer are perfect for any cook who has little or no patience in the kitchen. does. For older chefs, teddy bear burgers can be just burgers, and beer brunch muffins, despite being sweet, can be brunch muffins. Although they are adaptable, Carmel’s recipes are something to be explored over and over again.

Easy Chicken and Tomato Empanadas (Page 48)

This lunchtime recipe is called “easy” for a reason. I’ve made it twice before, both times for dinner, and it’s been a great success. The five steps of this Latin American food parcel are simple and the whole thing takes about half an hour, including preparation. All ingredients come easily and are not expensive to buy at your local supermarket. Turtles can be filled as light or as thick as you want. The thin serving would make about 10 and for context, each of them was enough to fill two adult males for dinner.

Sunshine Pyla (Page 62)

Who doesn’t love yellow? This is a divine dish of Spanish rice. It is colorful, filling, and easily adapts to any combination of meat, seafood or vegetables in your hand. The consistency of this paleo comes out like a risotto but the taste is incomparable. Despite serving six servings, it only ate for two people at a time because it was impossible not to go back for seconds. The Sunshine Paella is another five-step recipe that takes less than half an hour to put on the stove, where it is left to boil for 20 minutes. The last dish is absolutely intoxicating so this is a food that I look forward to experimenting with different ingredients in the future.

Rod Lewis reviewed.

This is a reviewer’s opinion and not necessarily Glam Adelaide’s.

Shared by: Alan and Anon
Issued: November 2021
RRP: $ 29.99 hard cover

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