Until I started blogging I had always been an avid bookworm and my ‘To Be Read’ pile has been moved with me in 5 huge cardboard boxes on my last 2 house moves. Unfortunately I just don’t get the time to read as much as I would like to so the concept of a book tour was completely new to me. It would seem it is a popular thing in the book blogging world and each day a different blogger reviews the same book. I was asked to review and take part in a blog tour for Chef Denis’ new cookbook; Taste of the French Caribbean.
Chef Denis Rosembert is a St Lucian born restauranteur who started his training in his home country before moving to the UK to continue with his passion. He is now the head chef and owner of Chez Denis in Norwich where he blends the cuisines of Africa, Europe and Eastern India to create innovative St Lucian food full of flavour.
Chef Denis’ cookbook contains easy to follow recipes celebrating island life, food, drink and entertaining meaning you can get your loved ones round to experience your own taste of the Caribbean. From hearty soups to spicy curries, there is something for everyone and you will also spot some interesting ingredient additions – Dumpling and Pigtail Soup anyone?
To whet your appetite here is the recipe for Chez Denis Dressing taken from the book, happy cooking!
Chez Denis Dressing – Serves 4
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
2 Carrots, chopped
1 Leek, chopped
1 Stick of Celery, chopped
1 Bay Leaf
2 Sprigs of Basil
2 Sprigs of Dill
2 Sprigs of Thyme
2 Sprigs of Tarragon
200ml Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sweat the vegetables, herbs and the bay leaf with vegetable oil in a deep pan for 5 minutes.
Boil the cider vinegar in another pan with the water.
Add the vinegar and water to the vegetables.
Cook for 30 minutes then add the brown sugar.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Taste of the French Caribbean is available to buy on Amazon in both Kindle and Hardback versions.