A Modern Way To Eat by Anna Jones is my go-to cook book for healthy vegetarian (and some vegan) food recipes. Unlike many modern, healthy cook books this includes ingredients you can find at the local supermarket with dishes that are hearty enough to satisfy my hunger! And considering Jamie Oliver has given this his stamp of approval I knew I was onto a good thing when I received this as a gift.
If you follow my instagram stories you may have seen me complaining about the smell of fried food in my kitchen after attempting the saffron-spiked ratatouille recipe for the first time.
In a dash to the supermarket I quickly scanned the book for a recipe before deciding on this one, taking a picture of the ingredients and heading out. I chose this because it’s tomato based (I love tomatoes) with a simple ingredients list of vegetables and nothing too fancy, apart from the saffron which I left out because I didn’t have it.
After chopping the ingredients I began by roasting the red peppers in the oven and prepared the tomato sauce on the stove. Great! Then I realised I needed to fry the two sliced aubergines and three sliced courgettes. This is the part I didn’t like because the process took ages, I used a lot of oil and the kitchen didn’t smell good. Once everything was fried I layered the vegetables on top of the tomato sauce in a baking dish and finished with the roasted peppers. The hard part was over and after seasoning I put everything in the oven for 40 minutes. I was definitely put off by the amount of frying needed and I wasn’t super excited to try the dish.
However….. It tastes incredible when paired with a chunk of bread and a glass of red wine wouldn’t go a miss either. A day later and it tastes even better. I plan to eat the last portion with a fried egg on top as shown in the book. It’s so good I will definitely have this again but instead I will roast all of the veg in the oven to save on the frying madness.
To read more about Anna Jones, her books and blog check out her website.