Book Review – My Darling Lemon Thyme

Browsing my local Dymocks store I spotted Emma’s book and having heard her speak at last year’s Eat Drink Blog Conference I picked it up for a quick curiosity driven flick through. It is a beautifully strung together book and I ended up buying My Darling Lemon Thyme then and there. Over a dozen recipes looked enticing and I knew it would be a great addition to my growing collection of food books.

My Darling Lemon Thyme by New Zealand born and Perth local Emma Galloway is a recipe book for those wanting to expand on healthy cooking habits as well as those wishing to introduce healthier recipes into the household one meal at a time.

Emma was a chef for 8 years and her skills are evident throughout the book. The chickpea, pumpkin + kale stew with chimichurri + quinoa recipe is definitely the work of a chef, I have made it twice now and loving it for dinner when it becomes chilly in Perth. I enjoyed the small extracts of Emma’s connection to food growing up in a vegetarian household and the explanation of how some of the recipes have come into existence.

Having an auto immune disease myself I am more than ever aware that foods can affect our bodies in ways that we do not always see straight away. My Darling Lemon Thyme provides easily digestible recipes that will settle those nuisances and immunologic sensitivities. Like Emma says, her recipes ‘are for those who want to enjoy a better life and celebrate nutritious, wholesome, real cooking’. This book is exactly that. Emma provides a good run down of the key ingredients you’ll need for many of the recipes. Having never made my own gluten free flour or cooked with rice flours in meals prior to purchasing the book I found the pantry ingredient section very reassuring and informative.

The recipes are not labour intensive and very possible to make at the end of a long day at work.  What I particularly like about the book is the incorporation of everyday Australian produce into the recipes. Using ingredients easily accessible from the local supermarket is convenient. Silverbeet is the main ingredient in the green juice recipe, a leafy green always in supply.

In the way of sweets I love the raw dark chocolate coconut bites, very budget friendly and they really satisfy my undying need for something sweet. They also are dairy free and friendly on the tummy. I haven’t made the chocolate avocado tart yet but this recipe is high on the list when I see some lovely fleshy avocados, it too is a raw recipe.

Other great recipes in the book include, peppermint and lemon balm tea, choux puffs w/ Labneh + strawberry jam, raspberry, dark chocolate + pistachio brownies and peanut brown rice patties.

The other day I made spice roasted vegetables with chickpeas for dinner. We have never been fans of parsnip however this recipe changed that completely, it was delicious and beautiful with the spices.

Buckwheat Pancakes

Spice Roasted Vegetables

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