For this post I am joined by Sarah Bailey, author of Sarah’s CookerEbook, with a deliciously easy recipe and some words from the cook herself. Sarah is passionate about good food and encouraging people to make it themselves; her food is a perfect fit for The Fresh Fresher readers. If you’re a new student or simply an under-confident cook, she’s worth listening to!
Here is a sample of Sarah’s food – this is her recipe for Smoked Haddock with Tomatoes and Mushrooms.
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 x 200g approx. smoked haddock fillets
1 tablespoon approx. cooking oil
4 button mushrooms, sliced thickly
2 tomatoes, sliced thickly
A pinch of mixed herbs
Salt and pepper
1 small roasting tin
Cooking foil to cover
Heat the oven to 200°C, Gas 6. Pour the cooking oil into a roasting tin, and heat it in the oven for a couple of minutes.
Put the fish into the tin skin side down, and lay the mushroom and tomato slices over the top, sprinkle the mixed herbs over the top and season with salt and pepper.
At this stage you can drizzle a little extra oil over the top, olive oil if you have got it is nice. Cover the roasting tin with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes approx. or until the fish flakes easily with a knife.
Serve with potatoes and a green vegetable.
Sarah, how important would you say cooking is to you?
Hugely important, and I wish I could persuade more people that they would enjoy making it important in their lives.
Why did you decide to write an eBook?
I didn’t set out to write an eBook as such. I was asked to put together a collection of my own easy main meal recipes, and the project developed into Sarah’s CookerEbook.
If you could recommend one meal that everyone should learn to cook, what would it be?
Call it what you will, Shepherd’s Pie, or Cottage Pie, is a good basic because if you add plenty of vegetables it becomes a complete meal in itself. The basics of this recipe when learnt can also be used to make other dishes containing minced meat.
Has it been a difficult process – getting published, finding readers?
I tried a few publishers before receiving an offer from one for an eBook, although I would also have been interested in an offer that combined an eBook with an old fashioned paper and ink book. I market the book mainly through Twitter and taking advantage of opportunities as they arise such as students at the beginning of the new academic year. I have to keep pointing out good reasons to buy Sarah’s CookerEbook.
Finally, what do you love to eat most at the end of a long day?
No single answer to this, I love eating so many different things. If I’m working in the afternoon though, I start thinking about what I’ve got in the fridge and the cupboards, and how I can put them together into something nice. I love baking, so I will probably raid the cake tin while I am cooking.