Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Two New Delightful Spring Cookbooks

I am totally thrilled - like mouth-watering-thrilled,
to be able to share two new cookbooks with you
this spring.  

As you know, I am a lover of cookbooks - 
well, cookbooks with great pictures!!  I have to
have great pictures to get me inspired to try a recipe,
and both of these new cookbooks from 
Harper Collins Publishing
had me at first glance.  Literally, my mouth was
watering and I was grabbing anything I could
to mark recipes that I wanted to try.  

I love to read cookbooks like a novel, but when I
am marking the recipes I want to make, you know
I am really excited.  

As I literally just got back from London and Paris,
(Hardly have had a chance to unpack yet!)
I decided to try this chocolate packed croissant
bread pudding.

Of course, every day in Paris (and London)
saw us having croissants and chocolate.  I have
to admit that the absolute best croissant we had
was in London, at one of the train stations, and
it was split open and filled with Nutella.  So
this recipe caught my eye, and let me tell you,
it doesn't disappoint.

I felt like I was somewhere in Europe, having 
the perfect breakfast!!

I am sure, this is meant more as a dessert, but
I think bread pudding with croissants, chocolate
and more chocolate is perfect for breakfast.

This recipe comes from The Quick Six Fix
Stuart O'Keefe.

Stuart grew up in Ireland and his new cookbook,
which makes you want to head to the kitchen,
is based on six minutes of prep work,
six minutes of cleanup, and six key ingredients.

I don't know about the six minutes of cleanup,
I will leave that for hubby to take care of,
but the recipe went together really easily.

The only thing I had to go to the store for,
was the package of croissants, (and I checked to make
sure they were made with real butter - not some fake
nasty stuff!)

I raided the pantry for chocolate that I had on hand,
so I combined some Godiva and Amano and
chopped it up for the chocolate.

Chunk heaven!!!

It was worth using good chocolate in this.

Black and White Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe

1 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 medium eggs, plus 3 additional yolks
1 C heavy cream
1 C. whole milk
1/2 C. plus 1 T. light brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 one-day-old croissants
(I bought little ones and used 12 of them)
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (70% cacao)
5 oz. white chocolate chips
1 C. creme fraiche or whipped cream (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Butter the bottom of a
9x5x3 inch baking dish.  (I opted for spraying with Pam.)

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and yolks, cream and milk,
and the brown sugar and vanilla.

Tear up the croissants and mix with the egg mixture
until well combined.

Spoon half of the egg croissant mix into the baking dish,
sprinkle with half of the dark and white chocolate.  Top
with the remaining croissant mix and sprinkle the
remaining dark and white chocolate on top.  Finish
by sprinkling the remaining 1 T. brown sugar
on the top.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (I did 20)
or until firm to the touch.  

Remove from oven.  Serve with a dollop of cream.

This was amazing!  I still have a few pounds to take
off from two weeks in Europe, and shouldn't have
been indulging, but I couldn't stop eating this.  Wow!

I highly recommend this cookbook.  I want
to make a lot more of the recipes like:
Thirteen Spice Chicken with Creme Fraiche
Pork Curry in a Hurry
Stuart's Irish Yankee Mac and Cheese
Angel Hair with Lemon, Kale and Pecans
Jumbo Shrimp Roll with Spicy Chile Butter

(Picture from cookbook)

Can you see why I am excited about this book?
The recipes not only sound fabulous, there are
gorgeous photos that make you have to try them.

Now on to the cookbook that I need to focus on
while I take those few pounds off!

The second cookbook Harper Collins sent
me to review is,
Lose Weight by Eating,
Audrey Johns.

Audrey has a blog by the same name, and
now has a cookbook showing you how you can
be successful at losing weight by eating delicious

She says in her introduction, "This book is all
about making the naughty nice."

Let me tell you, her pictures and recipes were 
just as mouth-watering, and I was marking just
as many recipes to try in her book.

We ate at a wonderful Italian restaurant while we
were in Paris, so I was craving Italian when I 
came home.  I decided to try these Meatball Sliders,
featured in Lose Weight by Eating for part of an
Italian feast for our Sunday dinner.  

Of course, being a good cook, I had to have one ahead
of time.  Fantastic!!  So of course, hubby had to try
one before the kids came.  Hands down, this was a hit
and they were the first dish to disappear.

I hadn't cooked with ground turkey in a long time.
and it was delicious, and made such a moist, tasty
meatball.  I can't wait to try more of Audrey's 
recipes.  She gives you menu ideas and includes
the calories, fat, fiber, protein and carb information.

I also had never cooked my meatballs in the sauce before
and I loved the ease of that, especially using low fat turkey.
They were so moist and delicious.

These were amazing, and a huge hit with all ages!

Audrey will motivate you to make great food
while you lose weight with recipes like:
Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup,
Rosemary Olive Oil Wheat Crackers,
Pear, Rosemary and Goat Cheese Pizza
Jalapeno Poppers with Cool Dip
Citrus Boost Water
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.

(Picture from cookbook.)

I have already picked up the ingredients for these
Jalapeno Cheddar Scones, that I want to try.

I am thrilled with both cookbooks, and I
know you will be too.  Both can be found
on Amazon for around $15-16.

A thank you to Harper Collins Publishing
for sending me these beautiful cookbooks
filled with mouth-watering pictures of
recipes that I think you will love.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Yes, can definitely see why these recipes are exciting. I'm craving bread pudding and shirimp rolls now. '-)

  2. Everything looks delicious! I especially would like to try the Croissant Bread Pudding. I think it is even more wonderful to use two different brands of chocolate as you did. The flavors play off the attributes of each one and make the flavor even more grand. We have some great chocolatiers here in our state. Loved your post!

  3. Thanks for sharing these wonderful cookbooks. I know if you love them, they have to be great!
    That Croissant bread pudding looks devilish! I will be looking them up on Amazon.

  4. Both recipes sound amazing, Jacqueline! I'm going to look for those cookbooks ;)

  5. You always make everything look delicious.

  6. I'm sold! Both look great
    , and I love to read cookbooks with great pictures too!


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