I'm (sort of) joining with Penny at The Homemade Heart who invites fellow bloggers to choose one cookery book each month, select and cook two dishes from it and post their thoughts at the beginning of the following month.
|Finish Potato Salad|
Maltese Scrambled Eggs
I kicked off with Irish soda bread and rounded it off with a Hungarian goulash. In between we were treated to a cheese pie from Sweden, a Danish bubble and squeak, a fiery pepper sauce from Coatia to go with Bosnian burgers, an almond cake from Spain and a Finish potato salad.
Bulgarian Yoghurt & Cucumber Soup
I tried two cold soups, the first a refreshing yoghurt and cucumber one, spiked with garlic, from Bulgaria, and the second a dayglo pink beetroot one from Lithuania. The recipes ranged in effort required from the lightly pickled Latvian cucumbers to the tricky cheese noodles from Austria. I included a few indulgences including a Dutch apple tart and some Slovenian apple doughnuts.
|Lithuanian Beetroot Soup|
There were a few dishes that did not particularly inspire, which may have had more to do with the lack of authentic ingredients or my inexperience in cooking them, but there were many more that I would happily try again. These included a simple yet tasty mushroom and potato gratin from Estonia, a delicious Greek take on ratatouille, a delightful honey and lemon flavoured haloumi dish from Cyprus and a rich and creamy Portuguese custard tart.
|Portuguese Custard Tarts|
|Dutch Apple Tart|
Tackling three or four new recipes a day proved to be more of a challenge than I anticipated but I can honestly say I enjoyed the experience. It's just a pity that what started out as a celebration of our union ended as homage to its demise. The Italian prosecco bought to cheer our victory ended up drowning our sorrows.
|Halloumi with Honey & Thyme|
Persiana has not been forgotten and will be my cookery book for July.