I have only been blogging for about 7 months now, but it has opened up a whole new world to me: one brought to life by talented, creative, and friendly people – fellow bloggers. I really had no idea just how much I would enjoy “hanging out” with this positive, energetic bunch of people who give so much time and energy to supporting and encouraging one another. So today I thought I would give back a bit, and celebrate the talent of a prolific food blogger. Geraldine Hartman of Veggies, Yarns and Tails is the author of a number of cookbooks, several books of Haiku and a novel. I recently acquired a copy of Geraldine’s, “The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker”, and recovered my slow cooker from the back of a cupboard where it had been languishing for a number of years. Newly inspired, I dug in and started preparing many of the mouth-watering recipes in this cookbook. Firstly, I was really impressed by the care and attention that Geraldine took to give many tips and tricks for properly using a slow cooker. For someone who has never used a slow cooker or who, like me, hasn’t used one for a long time, this was very helpful. Secondly, she spent a great deal of time detailing how to maximize the flavour and nutrition by properly preparing the ingredients of the recipes being cooked. This made all the difference to the taste and quality of the meal. I also really loved that Geraldine placed emphasis on using organic ingredients. I cooked 4 of the meals from this cookbook and was thrilled with the results. My favourite was “Sweet and Spicy Chili with Melt-in-your-Mouth Cornbread Scones”. This was a rich and satisfying dish that had over-the-top flavour, having cooked very slowly over 8 hours. My husband made me promise to make it again, and I surely will. One of the more popular dishes in the book is Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice. Please visit the link to find this recipe and see a sample of the many yummy meals you will be making for your family with this cookbook in your collection.
So, fellow bloggers, I know that you all are leading busy and increasingly complex lives! Let’s face it, we could all use a little more time for writing, cooking, photographing, liking, commenting, posting, and all the stuff we do as bloggers! Oh, and let’s not forget our children, husbands, wives, pets, work, exercise – phew! I highly recommend that you grab a copy of Geraldine’s cookbook, available in both eBook and print version from Amazon.com and free up some precious time. I assure you that your family will thank you, and the “Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker”, will become a source of favourite family meals for years to come!