January 2017, our first month of the Recipe Book Challenge – and we picked The Hairy Bikers’ Meat Feasts. This book was a gift to Rich from my Uncle and Aunt and we’ve already made a couple of recipes (Picadillo in particular was a GREAT success for us) but thought the lovely cold month of January was a good fit for some slow cooked, big meat dishes!
The aim is to make four new recipes from a chosen book every month. It doesn’t mean we can’t use other recipes in the month, but that our focus is on new recipes from the chosen book.
We made this twice – once for a dinner party at our place and once for Rich’s dad at his house. Really attractive looking dish and yummy. Definitely a good one for dinner parties.
Recipe Two – Beef Chilli with Bitter Chocolate
This is a great recipe to make and freeze leftovers. I’ve never made chilli with beef steak as well as mince and I’d definitely do again in the future. Personally, I think it’s a little vegetable light, if I were to make again I would definitely add more peppers, courgettes etc. If I’m completely honest, and I *know* that it’s a chilli with chocolate, but I think there’s slightly too much, it was a teensy bit overpowering – so I’d reduce that too. So, in conclusion – we enjoyed, but would probably adapt this recipe rather than stick to the full instructions from the book.
Recipe Three – Braised Feather Blade Beef
Using feather blade (or spalebone) steak this is a fantastic slow cooked recipe with very yummy results. We also made in bulk and have frozen for future dinners. The thing I’d note about this recipe is that, as a slow cooked meal, the meat rather falls apart, so I absolutely couldn’t make it look like the photo!
Recipe Four – Boston Baked Beans
Another long cook. I hilariously got the timing of this wrong, meaning that it was ready at ten o’clock at night (we ended up getting takeaway that night!). We ended up eating the next day and it was epic! Great use of pork belly which is really well priced and felt lovely and healthy too!
- This is a great book for big hearty meals, with the opportunity to batch book and freeze portions for future use.
- All four recipes were a success. Three out of four will definitely be made again (and we’ll be using inspiration from the chilli recipe for future chilis)
- Four is about the right number – not too much pressure, but enough to keep me focussed.
- I was hopeless at taking photos – will try and remember for future blog posts!
We’ve picked out Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible – I hardly ever make curries and am looking forward to digging in and trying out lots of new things.