Cottage Cooking Club – December 2014

Wow, oh wow there was a delight in this month’s offering. In the hectic December feast month I managed to squeeze in two recipes from the list, Skanakopita and Curried Sweet Potato Soup. Both were a hit with my family and both were easy to make.

1. Corner Shop Skanakopita (p.54)

I especially liked the store cupboard challenge that prompted Hugh to create this easy version using frozen spinach and ready-made puff pastry. I love the way he provides options in his recipes, in this instance I chose fennel seeds – I had all three in stock but fennel is a favourite. I also opted to increase the feta cheese. Firstly, I didn’t think I would use the small amount leftover from the carton and secondly, when I spread it over the spinach it didn’t seem like a lot. Definitely a make again recipe.


2. Curried Sweet Potato Soup (p.166)

This was delicious and probably our favourite recipe in this book so far. The only change I made was to omit the fresh chiles so that my children would eat this, oh and I didn’t have any cilantro – I don’t think it was a big loss, it still tasted fantastic. Incredibly fragrant and a great combination of flavours with the ginger, coconut milk, curry spices, sweet potato and squeeze of lime at the end. I am definitely adding this to my favourite recipes.

Sweet Potato Soup

Check out what the rest of The Cottage Cooking Club made in December here.


6 thoughts on “Cottage Cooking Club – December 2014

  1. The spanakopita was popular in my home as well and that soup sounds absolutely delicious. (I’ve already bought the ingredients based on the early endorsements for it). I’m glad that both recipes were hits with family since, as we all know, that isn’t always the case!
    Happy New Year!


  2. I absolutely loved the Spanakopita and will make again. As for the Curried Sweet Potato Soup, both you and Andrea posted wonderful things about its taste. So, on my list as are many of the recipes I haven’t been able to make the past few months. Happy New Year.


  3. The soup was delicious, you really should try it. We don’t eat sweet potatoes much and I wasn’t sure what to expect and was worried about the texture. I didn’t expect it to taste as good as it did and my husband raved about it. I am not sure you can taste the sweet potatoes too much to be honest, it’s more the fragrance of the curry, coconut and lime – they are a great combination of flavours.


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