The other day I cooked us some very delicious Pierogi for our supper. I am no stranger to Pierogi, having discovered them as a young bride when I moved West to Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. They were a very popular dish and one year at Christmas time a good friend of mine, Esther, taught me how to make them myself. They have been a staple in our home ever since. Delicious! That was not the recipe I used this time however. I used a recipe from a book I was recently sent to review, entitled . . . Noodle Kids, by Jonathon Sawyer.
Noodle Kids, around the world in 50 fun, healthy, creative recipes the whole family can cook together is the soon to be published in the UK book (Quarto Books) written by award winning American Chef, Jonathon Sawyer. Designed to get the whole family cooking together, his book could not be any better timed. With the modern family struggling to create healthy meals that both children and parents want to eat, he's come up with a real winner here.
With NINE chapters, this delightful little book covers every base of noodle cookery you could want to explore or entertain. He introduces you to his lovely little family in Chapter one, Noodling Around with Noodle Kids and then takes you through some noodle basics, such as what they are and where they come from . . . to stuffed noodles . . .
such as these delicious looking Ginger-Pork Potstickers . . .
Baked . . .
This fab looking Macaroni Casserole (a.k.a. Cheesy Broccoli and Macaroni Bake Up) is one example of the deliciousness awaiting you in the baked chapter . . . the Lasagne looks pretty amaze-balls as well!
Gnocchi Time . . .
I love Gnocci and use it quite a bit . . He takes you through making your basic classic Potato Gnocci with Catcher's Italian Meat Sauce (see above Photo) as well as Ricotta Gnocci, Gnocci alla Romana and more.
There is a chapter on sauce recipes where he teaches you which noodles go best with traditional sauces and even shows you how to make your own Orecchiette, or little ears as they are also known. The kids would really enjoy getting stuck into making these. It's something that they could easily do.
Slurps . . .
I love slurpy noodles, ramen, etc. This chapter includes the fun of planning a Ramen Party! Yay! OH, and there is a pretty delish looking Wedding Soup recipe as well.
Gluten Free . . .
A lot of people have a gluten intolerance today and this chapter addresses their needs most deliciously. Just look at this dish of Farro with Walnuts and Pork! It looks positively amazing. The filled Rice Noodles look really good as well!
The final chapter is on unusual things you can do with Noodles, like Grilled Ramen and Cheese . . . simple untraditional ways of interpreting noodles designed to inspire and excite! The Crunchy Ramen and Apple Salad is certainly calling my name!
Each recipe is beautifully photographed by Kate Lewis. I especially love it when recipes are accompanied by delicious looking photographs don't you?
I would never tell you about a book without at least trying one of the recipes for myself. I chose the Pierogi recipe for several reasons . . . one, I am no stranger to making them, two . . . we adore pierogi's and three . . . his recipe was a tiny bit different than the ones I already make, and it boasted two fillings. The farmers Cheese one which I am showing you here and also one made with leftover Pot Roast. Both sounding equally delicious.
His instructions were very easy to follow, and he explains not only how to make them but gives a bit of background and history on what pierogis are and where they come from etc.
I chose to make the Farmer's Cheese ones (there was also a leftover pot roast filling) because we both really like cheese and it's something I always have in my fridge. Normally I use cheddar cheese, but in this recipe you can use Strained Cottage Cheese, Goat Cheese, or chopped Brie) I used the cottage cheese with delicious results. I also like to serve mine with fried onions on the side. Fried onions and sour cream. Scrumptious! These are written to be appetizers, serving four. We had them as a main, serving three and loved every bite.
*Farmer's Cheese Pierogi*Makes 4 appetizer servings
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare an egg wash by beating the remaining egg lightly with the water in a small bowl with a fork. Brush the inside of each round with the egg wash. Place 1 TBS of the pierogi filling in the centre of the round. Fold the dough over it into a half moon shape. Crimp the edges to seal. You can use a fork for this if you wish. I just use my fingers, pressing them together tightly.
Place the saucepan over medium high heat. Add 1 TBS of the butter and cook until the water evaporates and the pierogi are golden brown and delicious, about 1 minute per side. Add the reserved pasta water, the remaining 1 TBS of herbs and the remaining 1 TBS butter. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring gently until a smooth creamy sauce forms, about 3 minutes. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup (38g) of sour cream and serve.
(Chilled Soba and Seaweed Salad)
I'm not altogether sure that all of the recipes in this book would appeal to ordinary squeamish children with finicky tastes, but they certainly did appeal to this foodie adult and I have ear marked quite a few that I want to try!
Noodle Kids, by Jonathon Sawyer
Published by Quarto Books
143 pages, colour
Many thanks to Quarto for sending me this book to review. Any and all opinions are my own.