Laura Washburn trained at the prestigious Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. Now based in England, she works as a cookery teacher and food writer. For Ryland Peters & Small, she has written Cooking with Apples & Pears, The French Country Table, Home-cooked Comforts, Tacos, Quesadillas & Burritos, and Mac 'n' Cheese.
Crisply toasted bread, gooey melted cheese and flavoursome relishes and pickles - the humble hot cheese sandwich is given the ultimate makeover in this book. Use this book to create the toastie with the mostie with the best ever recipe for Classic Grilled Cheese, as well as exciting variations. Serve up hearty yet Simple options such as the Montgomery Cheddar with Red Onion Chutney, Gruyere with Leek, and Smoked Provolone with Black Olives. Fancy your grilled cheese down and 'dirty'? Try Swiss Cheese with Chilli or Hot Dog with Sauerkraut and Mustard. Or bathe your grilled cheese in luxury with Gourmet recipes such as Tartiflette (reblochon and potato gratin with bacon) or Ricotta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage. Get the best out of your grilled cheese with the finest International flavours the world has to offer. Try the classic Croque Monsieur or Manchego with Chorizo and Padron Peppers. Crunchy, golden, gooey and satisfying, Grilled Cheese will keep you warm all winter.
They enable the preparation of delicious meals cheaply, quickly and efficiently because the food is cooked in liquid at temperatures far higher than in a conventional saucepan, shortening cooking time by up to 70 per cent. Because the method seals in flavour, cheaper ingredients can be used to great effect and since the cooking time is shorter you save on energy, making it one of the most eco-friendly cooking methods available. Time savings are impressive - braising beef takes just 30 minutes, a chicken casserole can be ready in 15 minutes. Pulses and grains cook in a fraction of the time, so it's great news for veggies too. Choose from Soups & Stocks, such as Bean and Bacon Soup. Meat dishes include hearty Pork Loin Ribs with BBQ Sauce, while lighter Poultry & Seafood dishes to try include a Thai Green Chicken Curry. A pressure cooker also makes light work of Vegetarian Dishes - use it to prepare a satisfying Beetroot and Quinoa Salad, while simple Sides include New Potatoes with a Tomato, Pepper and Olive Sauce. To finish, try a Dessert, such as Ricotta Cheesecake.