October is such an exciting month. It does includes National Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, after all. The leaves are turning, it’s a time for walks and slow food comes into its own. And most excitingly of all I’ve staged a takeover of the Cranks website. I already have a giveaway running for a Hotel Chocolat box of autumnal chocolates and now I have five copies of the Cranks Bible up for grabs.
So in what way have I taken over the Cranks website, you may well ask? Don’t worry, I didn’t muscle my way in and hold a piping bag to their heads. I’ve done nothing more dastardly than write three autumnal slow food posts for this lovely month of October. You can read about my early association with Cranks in the first post along with my not-to-be-missed recipe for roasted squash, pepper and leek tart with a walnut crust. My second post is all about slow food and comes with 12 autumnal slow food ideas – it’s well worth a look. The third post hasn’t been published yet, so I’ll have to keep you in suspense on that one.
Cranks started life back in the swinging sixties as a vegetarian restaurant in Carnaby Street. Several other restaurants followed in various locations, including the one I remember as a child, based at Dartington in Devon. This is the only one that now remains. I would recommend a visit. Cranks also has a number of popular vegetarian cookery books to its name. The Cranks Bible: A Timeless Collection of Vegetarian Recipes is particularly close to my heart. I’ve been cooking with it for many years now and it has some fabulous recipes. The author, Nadine Abansur is an accomplished vegetarian cook who worked with Cranks for many years. However, this paperback edition includes one of my very own recipes and I am totally thrilled. For a detailed review, have a look at my Cranks Bible post from earlier this year.
NB 2 November 2106 – I can now reveal my final recipe which has just been publish on the Cranks site. It’s this comforting barley bean bowl with hazelnuts, mushrooms, black beans and cabbage. Perfect for autumn.
5 Copies of the Cranks Bible Giveaway
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