Move over Nigella there's another sexy, British Domestic Goddess in town, although we all know there's plenty room on Food TV for everyone. Allow me re-introduce you to Sophie Dahl. Why a re-introduction you wonder? Well, for those former wanna-be fashionista's like myself I remember when Ms. Dahl graced the pages of Vogue back in the 90's and there was also that rumored involvement with a certain Rolling Stone…but back to the Food. Ms. Dahl who is also the granddaughter of author Roald Dahl has traded her Dior for an Aga and has joined the ranks of celebutantes that are eager to share their love of food and cooking.
In her first cookbook, "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights", Sophie shares with us not only some of her fondest food memories, but also a lovely assortment of "voluptuous" recipes that offer something for everyone regardless of the season, mood, or diet. The dishes aren't overly complicated works of art or ones that fall under a certain calorie count. They are simply the kind you would make on any given week night, using whatever you have on hand, or what you may have just picked up from the local market. These are dishes that are perfect for when friends drop by or for when you're dining alone.
What I've enjoyed most about this book is how every dish has a great story that goes along with it. Think about some of your favorite recipes, I'm sure you too have an interesting story about how you learned to cook it or when you first tasted it. Hmmm…I suppose it's those stories and memories that can make our food seem voluptuous.
I love a dish that takes a single ingredient and showcases its natural flavor to perfection. Sophie's Avocado Soup (see recipe below) does just that. I've had Avocado soups before, but this soup is special. I can't seem to place exactly what it is though; maybe it's the apple, the red pepper flakes, or even the lime. Whatever it is, it has made these 90 degree days of summer just a little bit cooler.
In addition to the release of her first book Sophie Dahl also has a cooking show on British Television. We've included a video clip for you to watch of her TV Show. I have no doubt it will just be a matter of time before Ms. Dahl brings her Voluptuous Delights to American television.
From Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl. William Morrow Cookbooks (2010).
Yet another easy blendery thing. Perhaps this book should be renamed "on a bender with Miss Dahl's blender" . . . maybe not. Peel the avocados and remove the pits. Into the blender go the apple, avocados, yogurt, chile flakes and lime juice. Warm the stock to release the flavor. Add the stock to the blender and purée until the soup is a rich, smooth green velvet. Put it in the fridge for a few hours and add some chopped cilantro on top of each bowl when ready to serve.
2 ripe avocados
1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 cup of plain yogurt
(full-fat works better here)
1 teaspoon of dried red
Juice from ½ a lime
2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
Fresh chopped cilantro, to garnish
Disclosure: Review copies of books discussed in this post may have been provided to Project Foodie by publicists and/or publishers.