Lunch and Dinner

Jill Dupleix’s Goat Cheese, Beans and Walnuts

I’ve told you that I’m fighting the cookbook extinction by starting to use and buy more cookbooks. I still turn to the internet for most of my recipes but it’s been fun looking at small cookbook collection too. Today’s featured recipe is from the book Good Cooking: The New Basics by Jill Dupleix (my Amazon affiliate program link). She’s an Australian-born food writer that I had never heard of before. It’s quite a random story how I ended up with this book–back when I had no idea how to cook but wanted to get started, I thought I might need some video instruction. So I saw the Good Cooking DVD on Netflix and watched it. The food looked very tasty and doable, so I ordered the book on Amazon. I’ve made quite a few recipes from Good Cooking. I like her approach to basic, healthy, but internationally-inspired recipes. Her recipes seem so simple yet taste complex.

Last week I made her recipe for Goat Cheese, Beans and Walnuts. I found it online here but you’ll have to convert the measurements if you don’t use the metric system. I got some quality produce and artisan chevre from the farmers market to make this. It’s fairly light but tastes so decadent and elegant at the same time. It’s just one of those wonderful mix of flavors that come together so well. Melty goat cheese over string beans and walnuts, drizzled in a wonderful marinade…mmmm. A great idea for Meatless Monday!