To me, the three or four-ingredient recipe idea is a fascination as it promotes efficiency in the culinary world. Even Anthony Bourdain attested to the concept, “Some of the best cuisine in the world is a matter of three or four ingredients. Just make sure they’re good ingredients, fresh ingredients, and then garnish them.”
With this in mind, the recipe book by Jenny White – 75 Easy, Quick and Tasty 3-Ingredients Recipes (2005, 2010) caught my attention.
It’s a fabulous collection of recipe ideas, each using just three ingredients or fewer for quick, easy and fuss-free meals.
– It contains simple step-by-step recipes for delicious everyday dishes shown in over 300 colour photographs.
– The perfect collection for the modern cook with a busy lifestyle who still wants to eat healthy, home-cooked food.
– Includes a helpful introduction with advice on planning ahead as well as using store cupboard basics and short cut ingredients.
– Provides delicious recipes for everyday meals, such as breakfast and brunches, midday meals, easy suppers and tantalizingly simple desserts.
– Offers suggestions for satisfying meals that require a little more preparation or slow cooking, including oven-baked dishes and roasts, wholesome stews and marinated dishes.
The content is divided into 7 sections, it starts with tips on keeping things quick and simple, using the right ingredients and knowing the essential ingredients in the (1) ‘Introduction’ pages, followed by recipe ideas for (2) breakfasts and brunches, (3) midday meals, (4) easy suppers, (5) take your time, (6) simple desserts and it ends with an (7) index for quick and easy referencing.
I have decided to try out a few of the recipe ideas.
Crunchy Oat Cereal
Ingredients (from top to bottom): Maple syrup, walnuts, rolled oats and butter (melted).
After mixing all the ingredients together before it is toss into the oven to bake for 30 – 35 minutes or to golden brown and crunchy.
Final Output: It’s quite tasty though slightly burnt due to my own negligence. I’m glad to know how it’s made so I can pull the recipe out from my pocket whenever I wish to have a bowl of wholegrain cereal for breakfast.
Honey Mustard Chicken
Ingredients (left to right and bottom): Wholegrain mustard, honey and chicken thighs.
Final Output: The mustard flavour plays very little role to the chicken meat. If only I had marinated a bit longer or best overnight to allow the mustard and honey flavours to permeate the meat before tossing it into the oven. The mustard seeds are bitter when bitten. Overall, I didn’t really enjoy this recipe idea.
The step-by-step guide is easy to follow and the cooking tips are resourceful. The language is simple and easy to understand. The underlying concept of each recipe is clear and the content is systematically organized.
I didn’t have much time to showcase all other recipe ideas, however there are many more delicious ideas such as marinated lamb with oregano and basil, sticky glazed pork ribs, Chinese spiced pork chops, beef cooked in red wines, teriyaki salmon, Portuguese custard tarts, and raspberry brulee.
Anyway have fun browsing and mastering the underlying concepts of the three or four-ingredient recipe ideas!
1. Jenny White. 75 Easy, Quick and Tasty 3-Ingredient Recipes (London: Hermes House, Anness Publishing Ltd, 2010), 14 and 55.
2. Anthony Bourdain. Kitchen Confidential – Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (London, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000), 83.