Recipe Book: Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food

Saturday 11 July 2015 by

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There are loads of brilliant recipe books out there, but one of my all-time favourites is Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food (RRP £20). It’s full of delicious and – most importantly – easy recipes for go-to dishes.

Divided up by meals, you can pick from starters, mains and desserts, including baking, fish dishes, salads and anything you take your fancy to. This includes a mind-bogglingly simple recipes for chocolate coated cherries on p284.

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Particular favourites are the mighty moussaka (switch the flour for gluten free) on p136, crouching tiger, hidden zebra cake (delightfully impressive) on p253 and tin foil trout with red pepper noodles (remember to use gluten free soy sauce and rice noodles – perfect for summer evenings) on p179.

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Whether you’re looking for something for a dinner party – try the slow roast lamb on p145 – or party-party – try the impressive jello shots on pages 27 and 28 – there is an option for everything. The recipes are easy to follow, and are made up of ingredients that are easy to get at the local supermarket (nothing too fancy or expensive here).

I loved Lorraine Pascale when she had her TV show, which is what inspired me to get the book in the first place, and it’s become my kitchen staple. Whenever I’m at a loss as to what to cook, or have last minute dinner guests, I turn to Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. A lot of the recipes are ideal for summer, because they’re light and full of summery ingredients.

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The only thing I have yet to attempt are the bread recipes as I’m not confident enough to convert them to gluten free yet! All the recipes are easy to convert with gluten free replacements – Doves Farm do all kinds of flours to switch in, so stock up.

I promise this is worth the £20. Grab a copy and never have a boring meal again.

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