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‘Last but not Least’ Roasted Potatoes and Aubergines, April Cottage Cooking Club, our Farewell to River Cottage veg everyday!

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Welcome to our April edition of the Cottage Cooking Club where for twenty-four months, a whole two years, a group of food bloggers from around the world have joined together, along with our fearless leader, Andrea Mohr, of ‘The Kitchen Lioness, Notes from a Very Small Kitchen,’ collectively cooking our way through the cookbook, “River Cottage veg everyday!” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, British author and television personality.

 

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The experience has been a treasured one, the opportunity to prepare and share with others a variety of interesting recipes tucked into the pages of one single subject cookbook, Vegetables.

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Throughout our time together the group’s mission was to incorporate more vegetables into our daily preparation, threaded along with what was fresh and local during seasons throughout the year.

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Most of all, The Cottage Cooking Club enabled meeting some really terrific, talented, lovely individuals, getting to know them better through personal interactions, as well as through many of their blogs during these months.

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Today marks the final farewell of “River Cottage veg everyday!” this cookbook that we have gotten to know so well, preparing its broad variety of vegetable dishes, while exploring some new ideas as well as preparation methods.

My final preparation displayed above is Roasted Potatoes and Aubergines which was positively fabulous and enthusiastically received by all.  The method, including the process of heating the oil in the roasting dish until the oil was sizzling hot was an interesting one, then tossing through the cut potatoes and eggplant pieces with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. About 30 minutes into the roasting, chopped garlic was stirred through, and in my case, the addition of a chopped poblano pepper with a lovely red and green color. Finished off with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and chives, this dish captured the essence of the many excellent preparations I have enjoyed, along with family, and friends. A few of these dishes I’ve garnished throughout today’s post in fond memory of these many preparations.

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Some of the months in our two year adventure with Cottage Cooking Club while cooking through the designated choices, provided the organizational ability and time in which to prepare a broad sampling, then other months, well, just like life, in the midst of assorted obligations, food events, and other activities sprinkled throughout, the race was on to complete all of the desired dishes by the 28th day, our standard posting date. Still, for certain, I wouldn’t have traded any of it.

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To Dear Andrea, Members of The Cottage Cooking Club, Thank You for the bounty of many fun filled, humorous, tender, and delicious memories, I surely appreciate all with great fondness, our many happy months together at the Shared Table with “River Cottage veg everyday!”

To see the postings of what other Cottage Cooking Club Members prepared as their final dishes from the cookbook, River Cottage veg everyday! click here.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Posted April 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Peggy, what a beautiful tribute and post. I loved the potatoes and eggplant too. It is amazing that we have cooked and posted together for the last 2 years. This has been a great experience.
    cheri recently posted…Cottage Cooking Club Last Month, Three RecipesMy Profile

  2. Posted April 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Peggy! All of the dishes you’ve displayed in this post look delicious! But especially the potatoes and aubergines! That is one dish I wish I had made. Looking forward to cooking through the new book together! : )

    • Posted April 30, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Hello Anne, thanks so much. The potatoes and aubergines turned out to be one of our favorites from the book, so happy I prepared it and I shall perhaps expound on its ingredients in the future. See you again soon!

  3. Posted April 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful project! Congratulations on its completion, Peggy! I can’t wait to see what comes next. Hugs!
    Kelly recently posted…Traveling Green: Reducing Your Carbon FootprintMy Profile

    • Posted April 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kelly, it was a fun journey with the Cottage Cooking Club! Lots of interesting and delicious recipes, and lots of terrific gals joining along. There is much activity going on in the horizon, I’ll share with you later. Big Hugs!

  4. Posted April 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Peggy.

    • Posted April 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Jolma! Hope you are doing well. Looking forward to what will be up next on Beyond Her Kitchen.

  5. Posted April 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    The poblano pepper sounds like a nice addition to the eggplant-potato dish and it looks beautiful, as do all of the other dishes you’ve featured in this post. Lovely round up.

    • Posted April 30, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Zosia, the poblano pepper sure did round out the flavors, even mellowing into the combination. It has been a really fun adventure cooking through River Cottage veg everyday!

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    Posted April 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, what a lovely tribute indeed! Lots of wonderful and thoughfelt words that are tugging at my heartstrings badly! But is has been a great project, a wonderful group of bloggers and a lot of fun cooking along with each and every one of you ladies! We shall see what the future holds in store for all of us!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for each and every picture, post, comment and so much more!
    And above all I treasure our friendship – even if we have not met in person, I feel that we have become true friends.
    Andrea

    • Posted May 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Dear Andrea, Thank you so much and the feeling is mutual. I am a huge fan of you Andrea, as well as your blog, and so, well beyond CCC, I have great respect for the work you share in all facets. Alongside beautifully styled photographs, your baking is truly exceptional. I am in hopes that you should provide a cookbook in the future featuring a broad variety of these lovely treats whose many hold a fascinating place in history, culture, and holidays. You are unquestionably talented, with much to share with others. It is exciting to think of these and whatever the future holds in store. I shall certainly be cheering you on! Thank you for your leadership, hard work, and efforts seeing through the success of River Cottage veg everyday with the Cottage Cooking Club. See you soon. Big Hugs and Love, Peggy

  7. Posted May 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful wrap up post, Peggy! I’ve enjoyed cooking through this book for many reasons, but finding bloggers like you was one of the best parts. Your gorgeous photos and descriptions are always an inspiration, both in our group posts and throughout your blog.
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    • Posted May 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Teresa, Thanks so much. The feelings are mutual. It has been a great source of happiness to get to know the members of the group and to develop such unique friendships. I’m certain to be following our CCC crowd well into the future, and I am indeed enjoying your Lebovitz journey in My Paris Kitchen.

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