This year I've set myself a challenge to use an old magazine a month to cook from - as I've Good Food magazines dating back to November 2002 and Olive magazines from a few years later, I won't be short of magazines to choose from. This month I'm using the January 2003 Good Food. It's actually one that's got some of my "go to" recipes in - there's a fish pie with swede and potato topping which I cook if we're home Christmas Eve, a turkey and parsnip curry - always useful after Christmas. There's also a good (and healthy) vegetable balti recipe which I've cooked more than once and a very easy, but impressive tiramisu trifle recipe too, which sadly I can't find the recipe for on the Good Food website.
So as we had Christmas at home this year the fish pie and turkey curry got another airing, although as you'd expect in December. I also made the 15-minute mix and match salad, which is great for uncooked leftover Christmas veggies. It's also really easy to do with a food processor too - mine included red cabbage, carrot, apple, celery and Brussels sprouts alongside some blue cheese we had left. The dressing is oil, orange juice and cranberry sauce which gave it a nice fruity kick, and to be honest it was a refreshing eat after all the usual Christmas fare. It's the first time I'd had Brussels sprouts raw, and to be honest I was nervous about any after effects they may cause MOH (for the record, we don't have a dog) but that seemed ok. I sent him to work with the remnants of this salad for his lunch and that seemed to go ok too!
Next up I decided to try Mary Berry's cognac marmalade, which was featured in a section titled "Drink: cooking with spirits" - clearly this is way before Dry January became a thing!
I'd spotted Seville oranges in the green grocers and bought enough for half of the recipe - I don't have a pan big enough at the moment to cope with a whole recipe, some shopping is definitely needed! I was surprised at how light the Seville oranges felt when I picked them up, but they did the job and I now have some lovely Cognac marmalade (see the picture at the top of this post) and I had an excuse to use my new jam thermometer. Totally worth it if you make jam or fudge as it takes the guesswork out of the setting point.
The next recipe I choose was a spiced vegetable biryani by Silvana Franco. The veg in this recipe is cauliflower, sweet potato and green beans (although I used frozen peas instead) and it was a really easy and tasty recipe. Everything's cooked in one dish which sounds odd but works - it needed a bit extra to get the rice how I wanted it, but I'd cook this again. I think perhaps back in 2003 we weren't as au fair with curry as we are today as there's an explanation of what raita is in a "know how" side box along with a simple recipe to mix up your own.
It's been fun to look back on this magazine as there's plenty of recipes I'd cook today in it, some of the adverts are as you'd expect dated and there were a couple of other things that caught my eye too in "the best of 2002" article. The first was the first juicer we bought - a Magimix Le Duo juicer, which was a good but heavy juicer. Ours had a mind of its own though and used to spin round dalek-style, spraying fruit juice all around the kitchen, if you didn't keep your hand on it! The other was my favourite measuring spoons from Lakeland, they're a stainless steel slimline version and despite having another set these are the ones I use the most. Funny how great design lasts, hey?
That's it for my #MagAMonth for January, next month I'm going to use the Good Food magazine from February 2004 and see what that's got in store for me. I'll share what I find, and what I cook towards the end of February.