A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of The Organic Family Cookbook by Anni Daulter to try out on my family. Living with it for a little while has given us ample time to peruse its pages and try out recipes.
It is certainly a beautiful book to look at. The styling and photography lend a wholesome, rustic feel, using enameled cookware, antique silverware, handwritten garden signs– showcasing the food in a way that just makes you want to take a bite. It uses a lot of fresh seasonal produce, which is hard to come by this time of year, but we made do. I think my favorite recipe is Bodhi’s Warm Berry Quinoa with Honey Butter for breakfast and it is so yummy with juicy thawed frozen berries.
The green Garden Breakfast smoothies were a big hit. The whole time we were drinking them we were quoting this Kid History video. ”I know it’s gween, but what else is about it?” It’s seriously funny, so click the link and go watch it. If you’re a mom like me, trying to get healthy food into your kids, it will be painful.
The Whole Roasted Herb Chicken with Roasted Veggies and Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce will be talked about for ages at our house. We had asparagus that night too, and I’m afraid my kids will always think we need to have chocolate sauce with asparagus from now on.
Most of my kids will not touch squash, but there weren’t any leftovers when my husband made Nuturing Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan Crisps.
I added a few staples to my fridge, trying my hand at making mayo for the first time– Tofu Mayo to be precise. We have a little bowl of Dill Dip in there (using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream) as well as Honey Butter.
It’s not a comprehensive cookbook, but a good one for inspiration. It’s written in a friendly, conversational way with the added bonus of giving you a glimpse into the Daulter family’s life, their garden, their traditions, and what’s on their table. I always love finding things that encourage and enhance family togetherness.
Thanks for the cookbook, Anni!