Not only had all the recipes I tried previously turned out pretty darn well, the cookbook is filled with all sorts of fun dishes I'd never seen before, and the text that accompanies them is really interesting - local history, cooking tips, and personal reminiscences from the book's author (how Peckham delight got its name made me happy, given I'm a fellow south Londoner). In short, spending time with the book is always a bit of a pleasure - you can read it as well as cook from it.
The first recipe I tried cooking this time around was a salad:
I'm not sure why I cooked this particular salad (spinach, apricot and bulgur wheat salad), given I really don't like dried apricots, nor almonds unless it's in almond milk or sweet dishes. Turns out I was wrong all along - they're pretty nice if you cook them up with bulgur wheat, spinach, red onion carrot and dill.
I don't eat a lot of salads at home, but this one is pretty much everything I think about salads but completely the opposite: it's tasty, it's filling, it's nutritious and it keeps well - not like any salad I normally make!
The next thing I cooked up was a plate of a few things, including that old favourite, stuffed peppers.