A few weeks ago, I was asked to review an advanced copy of Ella Woodward’s new book, Deliciously Ella Every Day, a cookbook featuring plant-based dishes and “quick and easy recipes for gluten-free snacks, packed lunches and simple meals.”
Back in 2012, when I started Chronicles of Passion (and had no idea what I was doing), one of my main drives behind the blog, other than to have a place to experiment with new recipes and work on improving my food photography (yes, it needed LOTS of improvement), was to inspire. I had read and been inspired by so many blogs myself, that now I wanted to create my own. Deliciously Ella was one of those first blogs that I would read fairly regularly, checking in every now and then to see her new posts or a new recipe and gaining inspiration for my own blog ideas. It was especially fun to read once I was living in London and it seemed like she was so much closer!
Her newest cookbook is an extension of her blog: simple recipes that are quick and easy to make, without skimping on healthiness or flavour. And in the same way, the book is targeted at users who are looking to be able to cook healthy food with minimal ingredients, but still have it taste delicious and be top notch in terms of the nutrients it delivers. For me personally, some of the recipes in the book are a bit simplistic and lack adventure and creative flair, but this is simply because I am a bit more of an adventurous type when it comes to making food and like to play around with different ingredients. I realize not every one has access to or wants to use a plethora of different flours every time they bake, or several different spices on a daily basis, and given that, for the target audience, this book is ideal! If you have stocked your pantry with basic healthy ingredients, and are excited to use them to make healthy meals in minimal time, you will love this new book. It is broken down into sections based on meal, as well as with sections on big batch cooking, healthy eating on the go and a dessert section. The book is also littered with lots of great tips and tricks to help make your at-home cooking timely and effective, and an easy to navigate recipe index.
I took advantage of the cookbook reading time to make the Spicy Honey Lemon Tea recipe which is included in the book. It is similar to my Energizing Turmeric Tea, making use of cayenne and ginger to increase blood flow and help reduce inflammation within the body, as well as stimulate the lymphatic system. I like my ginger teas really fiery, so this is the perfect combination for me! A great tea to sip on cold afternoons to warm you up from the inside out!
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