I have a foodie friend in Sydney, who I met in a wine internet chat room and have known almost exclusively by internet, email and phone for over a decade (we have met and shared a couple of meals over the years and amazingly, she is not an axe wielding homicidal maniac). She is usually up for a chat and I value her opinions, so when she speaks, I listen.
Recently, Celia told me about River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and how it was a must have book. This coupled with her advice that Amazon UK had free shipping to Australia made my purchase of this book a fait accompli. You can read about her views on the book here Interestingly, she was also put onto it by a friend – pass it on!
I bought a wild rabbit on a whim at the Victoria Market on the weekend and was pleased to find a recipe for rabbit and tomato stew in River Cottage Everyday. Not only that, but I had all the other ingredients on hand. As a side the recipe suggested leeks with greens. I cooked them both up. Rabbit OK, leeks and greens better. Also did a potato mash. For the leaks and greens I cooked 2 finely sliced leeks in butter till softened, then added 1/4 of a savoy cabbage that had been chopped and cooked in a pan of simmering water for 5 mins. Stir it all through and season with salt and pepper. Surprisingly good.
I know this looks a bit meat and three veg, but hey, sometimes that’s not a bad thing!