The Monster's Cookbook

Written by LWM Staff.

Halloween RecipesTHE HOXTON STREET
"Everyday Recipes for the Living, Dead, and Undead"

For hundreds of years, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has been supplying quality goods for the living, dead and undead - and this, its classic recipe book, has been in use for just as long.

Now, for the first time, it has been adapted for use by humans. So whether you are entertaining trolls, hosting a vampire soiree or expecting zombies round for tea, you can make delicious treats to suit every occasion.

In the store or online it isn’t unusual to find items such as, Night Terrors, part of our range of Tinned Fear, specifically tailored for children.Toasted Bone Chunks, Impacted Earwax, along with many other out of the ordinary edibles and a variety of gifts, tee shirts and more for the special monster in your life.

Leon Happy Salads

Written by by Jane Baxter & John Vincent, Conran Octopus 2015, Photography by Tamin Jones.

Leon Happy Salad Cookbook Leon was created on the matching principles that food can taste good and do you good. In this the latest addition to the Leon series of cookbooks, Leon authors Jane Baxter and John Vincent bring together 100 recipes for fresh, exciting, delicious salads that are healthy and happy.

Lidgate’s The Meat Cookbook by Danny Lidgate & Hattie Ellis

Written by brian.

recipes for the grillLidgate’s The Meat Cookbook by Danny Lidgate & Hattie Ellis, Mitchell Beazley 2016, photos Andy Sewell

Lidgate’s is a community butcher shop. Founded in 1870, A 160 year old family business and a treasured landmark in London’s Holland Park.

Lidgate’s The Meat Cookbook shares the same guidance given to their clients for years. It contains a selection of wonderful recipes for roasts, grilled meat, stews, meat pies and more, along with serving suggestions and step-by-step illustrations.

The slight variations in cuts between the UK and the US is not an obstacle when enjoying Lidgate’s recipes or the usefulness of this beautiful book.

When making burgers for a barbecue, it’s best not to use very lean mince as a decent fat content helps them to stick together. If lean mince is all you’ve got, though, add an egg to bind the mixture more firmly. Burgers made with good-quality mince can be left quite plain, but sometimes it’s nice to add extras. Around the corner from Lidgate’s, we’ve got some excellent Italian delis that give us inspiration for simple and tasty additions, 

Barbecues are all about fragrant flavours that work well with smoke and chargrilled food. Rosemary is a natural partner for lamb, and its resinous quality makes it even better for robust outdoor dishes. Use the needles in a marinade, and the woody stalks as skewers. 
We tend to use shoulder steaks for these kebabs, or new season neck fillet when the meat is still reasonably tender (up to midsummer in southern Britain, but late summer or early autumn in northern parts and Scotland, where lambs are born later). Leg can also be used 
if you want to ensure the meat is really tender.

Prawn & Ginger Noodle Salad

Written by brian.

Prawn & Ginger Noodle Saladitsucook
Serves 4
69 calories
1.5g saturated fat

100g (3½oz) dried vermicelli rice noodles
1 cucumber, cut into long thin 
strands or strips with a spiralizer 
or julienne peeler
150g (5½oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
250g (9oz) cooked peeled prawns

Thai Salad Dressing for Prawn & Ginger Noodle Salad

Written by brian.

Thai Salad Dressing itsucook
This is a dressing to make all 
manner of Asian-style salads 
sing with flavour.

Serves 2
7 calories
0.4g saturated fat

4 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
1–2 hot red chillies, chopped
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed, or 1 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp rapeseed oil

1. Put all the ingredients into 
a bowl and mix together well.


Written by brian.

Guiness, Dates  Chocolate CakeBIGFLAVORS: Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen by Chris Honor & Laura Washburn Hutton
photos: Tamin Jones
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Mitchell Beazley.
"With a very small restaurant, and a loyal local clientele,having good staff is as important as serving good food, and I have been incredibly lucky. Emily has been with us since very early-on. Not only is she excellent at front of house, she bakes as well, and this is her recipe. In fact, in the beginning, she would bake this one for the cake table."

8 fl oz can of Guinness
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder


Written by brian.

Recipe from Big Flavor from a Small Kitchen
An eclectic mix of cooked and raw ingredients that finds butternut squash getting into bed with apples, mint, and grapes. Weird, but wonderful. Try it.

Serves 4 to 6

2 butternut squash
1/2 cup red rice, cooked and cooled
1/2 cup grape molasses
2 apples

Teriyaki Chicken Potsu

Written by brian.

Teriyaki Chicken Potsuitsucook
Serves 2
33 calories
1.9g saturated fat

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 200–250g (7–9oz) each
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp groundnut oil

For the vegetables:
1 red pepper, cored, deseeded 
and sliced
1 carrot, sliced

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce for Teriyaki Chicken Potsu

Written by brian.

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce for Teriyaki Chicken Potsuitsucook
itsu’s take on the classic Japanese sauce, the addition of fresh ginger gives it added zing. Use this sauce 
to glaze salmon or chicken, or to dress vegetables.

Serves 2
3 calories
1.3g saturated fat

1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 shallot, diced
10g (¼oz) peeled fresh root ginger, sliced

Itsu 20 Minute Suppers

Written by brian.

Itsu 20 Minute Suppersitsu is dedicated to skinny but delicious food: light, green and good for you. In this book you'll find 100 Asian-inspired recipes for soups, broths, salads, miso dishes, noodles and rice, as well as favourites such as teriyaki dishes, brown rice pots and iced teas. There are even tips on how to make sushi and frozen yogurt at home. Every dish provides fewer than 300 calories per serving, takes fewer than 30 minutes to master and contains minimal amounts of saturated fat. But it's not just the calories that are taken care of; the 'superfood' ingredients in the recipes provide optimum nutrition too, with potassium-rich avocados, vitamin-packed cucumbers, edamame beans full of fibre and protein, and pumpkin and sesame seeds bursting with iron and zinc. And it's food that tastes as good as it looks...

By Julian Metcalfe and Blanche Vaughn, Mitchell Beazley 2015, photos Temin Jones

About the authors:

Julian Metcalfe is the co-founder of global success Pret A Manger, and is dedicated to creating affordable, healthy food.

Blanche Vaughan is a food writer and chef. She has worked at several popular restaurants, has written for the Guardian and has co-published four other books.


Written by brian.


Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen by Chris Honor & Laura Washburn Hutton
photos: Tamin Jones
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Mitchell Beazley.

"I love dried mango powder and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking. After some experimentation, I discovered that amchur (dried mango powder) and pork are like two best friends who haven’t quite met yet. But now that I’ve introduced them, they are inseparable, at least in my kitchen. Here they team up with pork’s traditional partner, apple, and a good whack of chile-ginger spice heat and
some balsamic for tang. A very successful encounter."

2. lb to 3 lb 2 oz rindlesss pork loin
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soft dark brown sugar
2 3/4 oz amchur powder (dried mango powder)

Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen

Written by brian.

BIG FlavorsFirst published in Great Britain in 2015 by Mitchell Beazley. Chris Honor is an Australian-born chef who has been hailed by Giles Coren of The Times as ‘a nailed-on culinary genius’, running ‘the most rewarding small local restaurant I have encountered in years’. His recipes for great salads, sweet and savory bakes, soups, and wonderful sharing plates are highly original, but really simple to create at home, and with American food writer Laura Washburn Hutton he shares 100 of his most memorable recipes.
Chris writes: ‘What this book will offer the reader is an education in balancing taste and texture, with plenty of visual inspiration. It is as much guidebook as cookery book because I don’t necessarily think in terms of recipes, I think in terms of combinations. Mix up the flavors and textures and, at the same time, make it appeal to the eye. Be generous; make it unpredictable; this is what I do. My book will teach the reader to do this too.’

Credits: Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen by Chris Honor & Laura Washburn Hutton
photos: Tamin Jones
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