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June Cottage Cooking Club, Frittata, and Honey Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

 

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 June is my first month cooking with the Cottage Cooking Club. The Cottage Cooking Club is an online cooking group created through Andrea at The Kitchen Lioness, Notes from a very small German Kitchen. The club includes varying food bloggers from different parts of the world and is dedicated to the cookbook, “River Cottage veg everyday!” whose author, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is a broadcaster, writer, and British celebrity known for his ‘uncompromising commitment’ to seasonal, ethically produced food.

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As we cook through the book, Andrea designates a selection of ten choices to prepare throughout the upcoming month with each among the food bloggers making their picks and posting their featured Posts by the end of that current month.

IMG_5845 Since the cookbook is printed in the UK, if you live in America, you will, as I did, likely wait for about three weeks for your book to arrive. So, I am currently pressed for Posting time having just received this really terrific cookbook only three days ago. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to prepare two among the choices that I am sharing today, The Frittata with summer veg and goat’s cheese admittedly had me on edge as my family loved it so much so that I literally had to hide a piece in order to have something to photograph before the months end deadline. Using cooked new red potatoes, and a veg combination of broccoli, fresh peas, haricots vert, and asparagus rounded out the flavors well topped with the goat’s cheese.

IMG_5854 Another quick preparation were the Honey roasted cherry tomatoes. While roasting these juicy delights, I used a mortar and pestle to crush some garlic with sea salt before combining in olive oil and honey. Crusty sliced bread hosted the finished tomatoes then drizzled with the garlic and honey mixture. These make a tasty appetizer or serve well as part of an outside summer dinner with friends, the Frittata with summer veg and goat’s cheese, perhaps alongside a tray of salami, cheeses, olives complete the main course with ease.

IMG_5886 So my first two choices made it worth the wait for this vegetable cookbook that provides an excellent selection of dishes using fresh produce.  And far beyond the ho-hum if you know what I mean. Sometimes I look at vegetarian cookbooks and scratch my head confused that a third of the book is filled with desserts. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m into real food, and this is what I serve to both my family and friends.

IMG_5859 River Cottage veg everyday! offers an extensive selection of real foods, easy to prepare and imaginative. The recipe format is clear alongside beautiful matted photographs. Now, one of the details of the club is that we cannot share the precise recipe, so you’ll have to use your cooking skills in the form of using a bit of this and that from among ingredients, or, better yet, click on the Amazon button to the right of the page on Spiced Peach Blog and order your book without delay. This is a book I guarantee will be one of your favorites, and this coming from an individual with a couple hundred cookbooks.

IMG_5632 In moving forward, I’ll share the links on what some of the other bloggers are preparing in our club. It was Cheri from My Savory Spoon that first introduced me to the club. This month Cheri shares Pizza with new potatoes, rosemary, and blue cheese, and, Lettuce, green onion, and cheese tart. I look forward to the fun ahead.

Have you ever participated in some type of a cooking club? What did you think? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Posted June 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    That sounds like fun! I have always wanted to cook my way through a book, but have floundered as to the right one for me. Your photos are making me hungry. I look forward to seeing this evolve. Enjoy!
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    • Posted June 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, thanks so much. I can’t tell you how much I like this book and could really prepare everything in it so this really adds to the fun. Like the idea of using the vegetables everyday too, with lots of substantial dishes to choose from. I am too looking forward to the evolve with this very lovely group. Thinking on tips from your last Post again today, it would be fun to go back and learn another language! It is great reading some of your Spanish progress. Thanks for joining in.

  2. Posted June 28, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Bummer you waited so long for the book. There is an American version with American measurements. I didn’t realize it at first and bought the Brit one and returned it.
    Loved the tomatoes too… you got me interested in making frittata now.
    Diane Balch recently posted…Zucchini Fritters with Sriracha Sauce #Foodie FridayMy Profile

    • Posted June 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Diane, yep a bit of a bummer on the wait. Didn’t know there was an American measurement version, but since I’ve some UK and Europe friends that follow through my daughters former sports team, I thought it might be rather fun to make the plunge and not all that difficult using the metric. The frittata is amazing and worth giving a try. I loved your zucchini fritters with Sriracha and will def prepare them once the zucchini blooms in my garden. Thanks so much for joining in!

  3. Posted June 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad that you are enjoying the book! Everything I’ve made so far has been terrific. I actually made both of your recipes this month too – your dishes look lovely!

    • Posted June 29, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Candy. The recipes in the book really are terrific. I’m looking forward to seeing what you wrote and its great you enjoyed preparing the same selections as much as I did! Thanks for joining in!

  4. Posted June 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t make either of these recipes and seeing your fantastic results, I’m sorry I didn’t. The frittata looks particularly enticing with that lovely mix of vegetables.
    Zosia recently posted…Cottage Cooking Club – June 2014My Profile

    • Posted June 29, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Hi Zosia, Thanks so much. The frittata is particularly good and so easy to prepare any night of the week. I made it again for a last minute get-together with neighbors Friday night and everyone really loved it so worth the preparation. Thanks so much for joining in. I saw you prepared the Pizza and that looks great too. Think I’ll give it a go. Thanks so much for joining in!

  5. Posted June 29, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hi Peggy, the frittata and honey roasted tomatoes look wonderful, love your presentation. I bought the American version of the book so I received mine right away. I believe they are pretty much the same except the front covers and the way the measurements for ingredients are given. Can’t wait for the next month!
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    • Posted June 29, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Cheri. It’s funny I didn’t notice the American print book but I shared with Diane Balch that I actually don’t really mind doing the metrics and looking at the slight variations. I suppose in the end I made the Post deadline so no harm done. This is great fun, so thanks so much! I really enjoyed your choices this month and would like to give the pizza a go. Thanks for joining in.

  6. Posted June 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good club for all us foodies! That food and fritta look terrific.
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    • Posted June 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Phil, this really is a nice club, and I love cooking substantial dishes from a broad variety of fresh vegetable selections, can’t wait for next month’s selections! ‘Fritta’ is totally awesome. Thanks for joining in!

  7. Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea…a cooking club sounds like so much fun. I only wish I had more time to do stuff like this. I have so my hobbies but work and life gets in the way. I’ll have my time though. We’re going on a picnic this weekend.l You’ve given me a little kitchen inspiration to enjoy over my three day break.
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  8. Posted July 1, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    The frittata looks amazing! The tomatoes were my favorite of the month – I love recipes that are simple, yet turn out so delicious.

    FYI: There is an American version of Hugh’s book as well. It is called River Cottage Veg – also available through Amazon. šŸ™‚

    • Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much. I loved the tomatoes too, but the Frittata has gone over splendidly with family and guests twice now. I love how the recipes are simple and fresh too- making them so delicious! Seems everyone noticed the American version of this book but I. Still, I’m enjoying the metrics and the slight product variations. Thanks so much for joining in!

  9. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy,
    I wanted to make sure to welcome you to the Cottage Cooking Club, I am so happy that you decided to join us! Sorry about the book but you certainly chose two of my favorites dishes. The honey-roasted tomatoes are indeed quite the treat and the frittata has become one of our family favoriteĀ“s – your pictures, all of them, are oustanding! And I am really glad that you embraced these recipes with so much wonderful enthusiasm. Thanks, again, for joining us and cooking along with us!
    Looking forward to your upcoming posts!
    Andrea

  10. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, I wanted to make sure to welcome you to the CCC, I am so happy that you decided to join us! Sorry about the book but you certainly chose two of my favorites dishes. The honey-roasted tomatoes are indeed quite the treat and the frittata has become one of our family favoriteĀ“s – your pictures, all of them, are oustanding! And I am really glad that you embraced these recipes with so much wonderful enthusiasm. Thanks, again, for joining us and cooking along with us!
    Looking forward to your upcoming posts!
    Andrea

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