I’ve just realised that I have been blogging as part of the Secret Recipe Club for a year now. I was on the waiting list for such a long time, that when I finally got word that I was in, it all happened it a bit of a blur.
I’ve loved finding a new blog every month – Many of which I go back to regularly. I intend on being a member of this group for a very long time – Its so good for discovering new menus and recipes. (Note: I don’t think the waiting list is very long at all, at the moment, if you were considering joining in.
In the past 12 months, I’ve changed groups – My original group posted on the first Monday morning of the month – I don’t know about you but month end and the start of the month always seem to be crazy busy. I’m now in Group C, who post on the 3rd Monday of the month. During the past year, the SRC has started a new project for during the months when there are 5 Mondays – We now do Themed Reveals. We are given a theme and asked if we want to take part, providing we have a high amount of that type of recipes logged on our blogs. Most members of the SRC are from the US – I really love this part of the group. Over the years, I’ve got more and more comfortable with cooking and baking using cup measurements. I know that a few of my SRC partners have struggled with sourcing UK ingredients and weighing out in grams – Sorry about that guys!
And so onto this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal. I was partnered with the lovely Anne from Simple and Savory (No ‘U’ as Anne is from the US!) Anne is a health coach and as a result her blog is an ode to gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian & Paleo diets. She must despair when she sees how many sugar laden cakes appear on my blog! There really is something for all diets on Anne’s blog though.
At this point, I really need to make a confession – I made Anne’s Lentils with Mushrooms & Herbs and it didn’t quite work out for us. I used Red Lentils instead of Puy Lentils (I’ve talked before about using up our huge supply of red lentils). The red lentils were just too soft though and didn’t give the right consistency I was looking for in this stew.
This is a garlic heavy dish, using 3 cloves. I’m not a massive garlic fan but was glad I followed the recipe on this occasion. I also used a chopped red pepper to add more fresh vegetables. I apologise now for the dire photograph – Not my finest hour. Safe to say this dish didn’t go down too well with the youngest Costellos in the family.
Other recipes I found on Simple & Savory that appealed are Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bites (Why oh why did I not stick with baking when choosing a recipe – these look divine!) & Taco Lettuce Wraps (Now these would go down well with the Mini Costellos!)
I also thought this was as good a time as any, to do a quick recap on some of my favourite Secret Recipe Club reveals from the past 12 months …
To see what the rest of the Secret Recipe Club gang have been up to this month, click on the pictures in the linky below: