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Comfort Food – Simon & Alison Holst

Why not bring a little comfort to your table with recipes that are easy to prepare and many are quick as well. Step-by-step instructions make this a must for every cook Comfort Food Author: Simon & Alison Holst ISBN: 9780992247188 Quick & Easy Cooking Published by: Hyndman Publishing Soft Cover   When Simon and Alison initially started thinking about this book, they were thinking of the likes of soups, stews and curries – plus macaroni cheese and almost anything that includes mashed potatoes. Before they put pen to paper, however, they thought they should check the definition. It seems most…

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Why not bring a little comfort to your table with recipes that are easy to prepare and many are quick as well.
Step-by-step instructions make this a must for every cook

  • Comfort Food
  • Author: Simon & Alison Holst
  • ISBN: 9780992247188
  • Quick & Easy Cooking
  • Published by: Hyndman Publishing
  • Soft Cover

9780992247188

 

When Simon and Alison initially started thinking about this book, they were thinking of the likes of soups, stews and curries – plus macaroni cheese and almost anything that includes mashed potatoes.
Before they put pen to paper, however, they thought they should check the definition. It seems most definitions of comfort food are considerably wider, but the common elements include foods that (not surprisingly) make you feel better, and that also evokes a sense of nostalgia and makes you think of childhood and home cooking.

 

Happily, this gave them considerably more scope. What they have come up with may seem to be an eclectic selection, but it does includes many of their favourite recipes, some of which just give a warm sense of wellbeing, and others that evoke memories of childhood and a definite sense of nostalgia.

 

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Alison_Holst_Cook-544x250Simon & Alison Holst make a formidable team! Dame Alison, one of New Zealand’s original TV cooks, has been writing cookbooks for over 40 years and has over 100 titles to her name. Alison has been voted New Zealand’s most trusted person, no doubt in part a reflection of how her practical, down to earth approach and ‘tried and true’ recipes have taught generations of cooks how to feed their families with good, nutritious and delicious food.

For the last 20 years she has been joined by her son Simon, who also now appears regularly on national television, and together they have written over 30 best-selling cookbooks which have sold in excess of 2 million copies. Fantastic food, easy to follow recipes you can’t go wrong

 

 

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Thanks to Hyndman Publishing and 247/PR we are privileged to be able to offer 2 lucky reader the opportunity to review this book
If you’re interested then fill in the form and make sure you check out the terms and conditions

Our Lucky Reviewers are:

Alison Pollock
Christine Cleary

 

Family in Focus Review

When this book first arrived my impression was that it was a tiny little book, but being that it was from Simon and Alison Holst I was looking forward to having a browse through it.
First thing that I noticed was that most of the ingredients can be found in the every day pantry, and because of that, aren’t out of the price range for the average family to create. The photos included show REAL meals, and not some creations put together by chefs that have been working on making fancy meals that seem impossible for someone like me to create.
So tonight we set out to create the Butter Chicken found on page 50-51 and I have to admit that I was surprised at just how easy it was to make. I was expecting it to be far harder but now I’ve done it once, there is no way i’ll be buying the premade jars again. It was totally delicous and even the kids scoffed it down with no complaints. Well ok, one child complained but she doesn’t like anything that isn’t macaroni cheese (which there is also a recipe for on page 13) so that was no real surprise. However the other two younger kids soon demolished her share as well which was a pleasant surprise.
I can see us trying nearly all the recipes in the book and I hope that our lucky reviewers will share photos of their creations as well.

This is my attempt at Butter Chicken
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5 comments

  1. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with a Holst recipe! Mmm your butter chicken looks good!

  2. Christine Cleary

    When this arrived, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed, it is more of a booklet than a book in my eyes. However it is full of great recipies that I will actually cook. I am no chef and cooking for me is a necessity at the moment not something I actually have time to enjoy doing. So these recipies are right up my alley, they are realistic and very family friendly. So far I have made the Pumpkin soup (delicious) and the 30 minute Bolognese – also a hit with the family. Sorry I forgot to take photos.
    I can’t wait to try Alison’s Lazy Lasagne – which has no precooking!!! The Thai Green Chicken Curry looks yumm too and in summer I am sure we will be trying the 3 types of hamburgers out. Hubby wants the Sausage & Potato Bake next and it looks like he may get it soon as the recipe looks super simple.
    All in all it is a great little book that I am sure will get more use than some of the big expensive ones I have sitting in the cupboard.

  3. Thank you so much for the opportunity to review this book. As said previously the book is more like a wee booklet, but there a lots of yummy recipes to make up for its small size. After having a look at the recipes they all look family friendly using common or easy to get ingredients. I’m always looking for easy recipes to satisfy my husband and two fussy kids and these all look like perfect winter comfort food.
    The first recipe to catch my eye was the first one in the book, pumpkin soup. The recipes all have colour photos, and are easy to follow. This recipe called for kumara but I substituted it with carrot and was very pleased with the results as were my family. A nice thick, creamy soup which I will definitely make again. Next I tried the minted green pea & potato frittata, which was delicious but more suited to a picnic lunch than a hearty winter meal.
    We’ve never had butter chicken before and don’t normally eat rice but I thought it looked great so tried it out. I mixed the rice into it and also added our cooked peas and carrots to the mix. It was a hit, heaps of flavour and will make this one again for sure.
    Overall a great wee book for getting some more meal ideas for the family, everything from hamburgers, bacon & egg pie to risotto and Thai green chicken curry.
    The only negative thing is that I already have a couple of Simon & Alison Holst recipe books and noticed that 10 recipes in this book were in the other books also, even with the same photos. I just thought that if you are producing a new book then all the recipes should be new also.

  4. Above is my version of the butter chicken, and pumpkin soup.

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