As much as Duchess Kate fans love a good scone, we all recognize that she probably does not maintain her fit figure with a scone-a-day habit. We do know that Kate – along with sister Pippa – loves green juice, and she’s even been rumored to be considering launching an organic food range based on the meals she prepares for George and Charlotte at home. That’s why I was tickled pink to have the opportunity to preview the latest Hemsley + Hemsley offering Good + Simple: Recipes to Eat Well and Thrive on behalf of WWKD. These recipes strike me as just the kind of delicious and healthy fare Kate would make in one of her newly-renovated kitchens to nourish her family, while still being able to fit into her Packhams and McQueens.
For our American readers who may not already be acquainted with Hemsley + Hemsley, they are the dynamic London-based sisters taking the British culinary scene by storm. They are known for launching the vegetable spiralizing craze (i.e. making noodles out of vegetables) across the Pond and recently opened a cafe inside Selfridge’s.
From the publisher: The sisters’ down-to-earth approach to healthy eating is based around “meat and two veg,” with simple methods, well-known ingredients, reworked classics and fast recipes for those short on time. These days we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food, but H+H want us to get back to a way of eating that looks ahead and uses food economically – from the fridge, freezer and pantry – to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and eat well every day.
The book itself is visually stunning and inspiring. It is the kind of cookbook that simultaneously makes you want to cozy up and read it cover-to-cover AND jump to your feet and get cooking. The dishes cover the range from classic British comfort food (think porridge and bangers and mash) to the latest trends (celeriac spaghetti and flaxseed sandwich buns). And this is all without the inclusion of gluten, grains, refined sugars, and the hydrogenated vegetable oils that have been getting such bad press.
Since I know Duchess Kate has Prince George’s palate in mind when she heads to the kitchen, I decided to test some of the recipes I thought Catherine was likely to make for her family. I started with the Slow-Cooked Chicken Pot Roast with Sweet Paprika and Cayenne (p. 185 – holding the cayenne for the kiddos), which is a set-and-forget one-pot boon for those days Catherine amazes us with three back-to-back engagements. My children especially enjoyed the Slow-Cooked Smoky Apple Pulled Pork (p.207). The Smoky Parsnip Chips (p.100) and Creamy Carrot Bake (p. 93) were easy-to-incorporate sides that took us away from our steamed veggie routine. I enjoyed exploring new ways to incorporate greens with breakfast (pp. 43-44), and, I won’t lie, I particularly adored the Hemsley Collins (p. 333 – it works equally well with vodka and gin!).
We want to give one of our readers the opportunity to try a healthy slice of British cuisine, so we are giving away our review copy of Good + Simple! See below for details to enter! What’s that you say? You missed the giveaway, check out the Hemsley sisters’ website for oodles of seasonal, free recipes!
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