Recently I keep doing things that make me realise that I’m an adult. Yes, age 23, it’s finally hit me like a sack of potatoes that if I don’t clean the microwave, defrost the freezer and scrub mould off the walls then no one else is going to do it. Isn’t being an adult everything you ever dreamed of as a teenager?
Another, less laborious, form of adulting I’ve been doing recently is hoarding cooking books. I just cannot get enough. I’ve always loved baking but have felt a keen to experiment with my meals lately as I’ve most definitely got repeated meal fatigue (which I blame partly for bad snacking). I’m thinking of doing a little series of my favourite recipes in my new cookbooks – would you be interested?
For today’s post, I’m seriously loving Ella Woodward’s Deliciously Ella recipe book. Although the book does include a few ingredients you have to hunt a little harder for than your usual weekly shopping list, once in the cupboard they last a long time and create alllll the possibilities!
At the beginning of the book, there is a glossary of frequently used ingredients and appliances that I found really educational. I’d never really understood the nutritional value of some healthy foods I consume so it was really interesting! Ella even recently opened her own deli, The Mae Deli (Mae = Matthew & Ella, her husband!), in Marylebone in London, which I’m sure I’ll blog about once I get a chance to head over!
Now for the good stuff – fooooooood!
If like me you look nothing more than a big whopper of burrito, Ella’s Mexican Quinoa Bowl is the closest thing you’re going to get to a guilt-free substitute. There’s something oddly satisfying about creating one of your favourite dishes from scratch and knowing every ingredient in it – perhaps not one for a lazy cooker but provides your guac and salsa hit without the dreaded burrito belly.
Alongside the trusty meal options, Deliciously Ella is also generous with the sweet treat recipes. Her Raw Brownies are made up of just four ingredients, with medjool dates being the trickiest to find – they sell them in dozens in Tesco (in the nut section) and M&S, or bulk buy on Amazon. These are really gooey and moreish and will help appease your sweet tooth.
My last top recommendation is my favourite cake in all the land – carrot cake! Ella’s recipe isn’t one for you impatient bakers out there with reams of ingredients but the end result tastes so good. Using avocado in the icing felt so damn wrong but was a surprising winner. As Harry says en route to Hogwarts in the Philosopher’s Stone – I’ll take the lot!
Which recipe are you keen to try from Deliciously Ella?