I have a fascination with tiny houses and the tiny house movement. I’m not the only one. My brother-in-law and I have lofty plans to build a tiny house in the Berkshires. Maybe it’ll happen. Most likely it won’t. But it’s still fun to dream.
As such, I was excited to get a chance to flip through ‘Tiny House Cooking: Satisfying Meals with Minimal Equipment’ by Adams Media and Forward by Ryan Mitchell. I wasn’t sure what the recipes were going to be. I thought, in addition to stove top only recipes, that the recipes might also use a scaled back number of ingredients.
It turns out that the recipes are all scaled for about two servings. Some recipes have a long ingredient list, I think the most was 16 ingredients? But that was including salt and pepper, so you could argue that it’s more like 14 ingredients. The recipes are fairly varied, and nothing looks intimidating. The book is broken up into these sections:
- Cooking in a Tiny House
- Breakfast and Brunch
- Appetizers and Snacks
- Salads and Dressings
- Side Dishes
- Chicken Main Dishes
- Beef and Pork Main Dishes
- Fish and Seafood Main Dishes
- Pasta, Beans, and Rice
Some of the recipes I want to try in no particular order are:
- Japanese-Italian Angel Hair Pasta
- Cavatelli with White Beans and Arugula
- Scallop and Corn Saute
- Chicken and Black Bean Stew
- Chicken and Ricotta Polpette
- Warm Spinach Salad with Deviled Egg Croutons
- Hearty Lentil and Sausage Soup
But for now, I’ve only made the peanut butter and chocolate pancakes. In general, I like pancakes but I hate making them at home because it takes forever to make a stack of pancakes. I’ve made a couple of small batch recipes that I didn’t really like, but to be fair I think they were were all super-duper healthy pancakes. This one is fairly straightforward and almost ordinary. I like the addition of peanut butter and chocolate chips, but I think I might try to up the amount of peanut butter next time or maybe play with using peanut butter powder. (I love peanut butter! My whole childhood was filled with a lot of plain peanut butter sandwiches because I was such a picky eater.)
My pancakes look nothing like the book’s photo, but I realized afterward that the chocolate chips in the photo were not cooking in the pancakes to make them look prettier. That’s cheating! lol! However, the amount of pancakes was perfect for my level of pancake-making-impatience, and flavor-wise were quite satisfactory.
So, I’m happy to say that this book is staying on the bookshelf right now.
Disclaimer – I received this book from Simon and Schuster, Inc. for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.