Kitchen Confidence is coming soon!
Kitchen Confidence began as a gift of love to my wonderful daughter Jessie, giving her a taste of home when she heads out into the world of university and beyond and in the hope that she wouldn't spend all her student loan and earnings on takeaways. When Jessie asked me to write up some recipes, it was so nearly a simple scrapbook just for her, but word spread, friends, students and colleagues said they wanted a copy too. Through my teaching, I realised that there are lots of people out there who have never really tried their hand at cooking, lost faith in their abilities or suddenly find they have to cater for themselves. And so the project evolved into this fully-fledged cook book, aimed at inspiring both new cooks and those aspiring to take their kitchen skills (and confidence) to the next level. It's all about giving people the confidence to cook - it doesn't need to be daunting or complicated. And it can definitely be fun!
Kitchen Confidence is filled with my personal selection of recipes, based around what the family enjoys at home and the dishes that I keeps coming back to time after time (just because they are so great). Every recipe is accompanied by a full colour photo - as cooked at home, no tricks of photography, this is what the finished dishes looked like when I made them (and made the family wait to eat until I'd finished styling and snapping). The book is also packed with beautiful illustrations by the hugely talented Harry Stone. Within the pages of Kitchen Confidence, you'll find loads of ideas that will tickle your tastebuds and maybe inspire you to turn the occasional date with the oven into a full blown love affair with your kitchen.
The recipes are straightforward, each with a guide as to how long it will take, what ingredients you could substitute and sometimes even a little bit of history. There'ss a guide to useful store cupboard ingredients, equipment you might want to invest in and some tips and techniques for success in the kitchen. There's a section on breakfast, one on starters and snacks. You'll find pasta and rice dishes and an array of mouth-watering main courses, plus some delicious sides and salads and, of course, a selection of cakes and desserts for those with a sweeter tooth.
Catherine Sloman teaches at London's fantastic Bread Ahead Bakery School in Borough Market and Chelsea. She also offers Kitchen Confidence cookery classes, runs a pop-up supper club and does private catering. She is a prize winning baker and member of the Bread Angels (teaching and selling artisan breads).
Catherine (aka Battenburgbelle) blogs about her culinary adventures on the highly esteemed Battenburgbelle.com site (and yes, she does bake a rather good Battenburg Cake). You can also find out more about her at www.kitchenconfidence.co.uk.