Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life by Jamie OliverI must have had this book for about a decade now, and dont see myself parting with it any time soon. I bought it around the time I first got into growing vegetables myself, if you ignore the years I helped my dad with his vegetables when I was a child. I even ate almost all 40 of his baby cabbages straight out of the ground when I was about 3 years old, oops. Its amazing what a child can achieve while their parents arent looking, ha ha.
This book is full of tips on how to grow fruit and vegetables in your own garden or allotment, along with tasty recipes using the items youve managed to grow yourself, which is always a satisfying feeling.
The Neapolitans don't mess around when it comes to a classic Margherita — they keep their tomato sauce beautifully simple, raw and fresh, so buying quality tinned tomatoes is a must. Simply scrunch tinned San Marzano plum tomatoes in your clean hands until smooth, then spoon over your pizza base. Top with a few fresh basil leaves, some torn mozzarella cheese and finely grated Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with a little olive oil, bake, and finish with a few extra basil leaves. Alternatively, spoon over the tomato sauce, then top with ricotta cheese mashed with fresh marjoram leaves and finely grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese and lemon zest. Add baby courgettes tossed in olive oil and lemon juice, drizzle with a little more olive oil, and bake.