Today’s post includes a review of Jamie Schler’s cook book Orange Appeal – Sweet & Savory and features her Navette Cookies. Orange Appeal is a cookbook that is all about sweet and savoury recipes that are centered on the orange. I’ve also got a copy of Jamie’s cookbook to give away, and the publishers will ship it worldwide to the lucky winner.
I’m always happy to see a good cookbook. I love oranges so I was happier still to receive Jamie’s book. This cook is a little extra special for another reason. It also features some gorgeous food photography by Ilva Beretta. Both Jamie and Ilva are fellow food bloggers who I have the pleasure of knowing for about ten years now. Apart from their love of good food, Jamie weaves magic with her words to tell the most compelling stories, while Ilva does her story telling with her gorgeous photography.
Jamie Schler grew up in Florida surrounded by citrus groves so it’s not surprising that her cookbook is all about oranges. Apart from blogging, writing and conducting food writing workshops, she and her husband now own the Hôtel Diderot in Chinon, France.
Ilva Beretta is a Swedish photographer who lives in Tuscany, Italy. She is an award winning photographer who specializes in food and still life photography.
Let me start by telling you something about the cookbook. Jamie starts her book with an introduction about varieties of oranges round the world and different kinds of orange flavourings include some that can be made at home. She also shares essential information about the fruit including tips on how to select, buy, and store the fruit.
Her recipes are divided into Sauces, Dressings, Dips, and Relishes; Soups, Salads, Starters, and Sides; Main Dishes; Breads (Quick and Yeast); Cookies and Treats; Cakes and Desserts. There are quite a few non-vegetarian recipes as expected but I was happy to see many that appealed to me as a vegetarian. Jamie’s recipes all have short stories about them and are the recipes are well written. The ingredients come with cup/ volume and weight measurements as well so that’s quite convenient.
Before I share a recipe I tried from Jamie’s cookbook, here’s some really good news. The publishers of Jamie’s cookbook, Gibbs Smith have been kind enough to offer a copy of Orange Appeal for the readers of this blog.
How to Enter :
Just leave a comment on this blog post (scroll down to comments section, please) telling me your favorite orange flavoured vegetarian recipe to make. I would really like to know. This blog would also love it and be very much encouraged (and so would I) if you followed me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. It’s not a condition to enter the giveaway though.
Giveaway Details :
It’s open to anyone anywhere in the world and the publishers will ship worldwide.
This giveaway ends at 12.00 midnight (whenever that is in your part of the world)on Sunday, the 25th October, 2017.
The winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email.
I have marked a few of Jamie’s recipes to try out and shall share them when I cook them. Today, I share her Navette Cookies which are a specialty from Marseilles. A little different from the usual cookie, these are somewhat dry and crisp cookies that are perfect for dunking. They’re also bursting with the flavor of orange zest and orange blossom water.
To quote Jamie, “…. Navettes are these wonderful cookies from the Mediterranean port city of Marseille are shaped like the little boats they are named after, and are traditionally eaten in Marseilles for the February holiday of Candlemas—le Chandeleur—while the rest of the country celebrates with crêpes. We love these olive oil and orange blossom water pastries all year round.”
Of course, you have to love oranges to like these cookies. You might like them even if you’re not very fond of oranges. My daughter will avoid an orange in any form if she can. She thought they looked interesting and ate the whole cookie, saying, “These are pretty good”. That’s high praise from her.
Please note: All photographs published here from Orange Appeal by Jamie Schler, are by Ilva Beretta, and have been reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith..
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER.
Navette Cookies, A Review of Orange Appeal & A Giveaway
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 100 g
- 1 large egg
- 1 rounded tsp orange zest
- 3 tsp orange blossom water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 ounces cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 9oz/ 250 g
- milk for brushing the cookies before baking
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the egg on medium-high speed until pale, thick, and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the zest, orange blossom water, and oil. Stir the salt into the flour and then beat 2/3 of the flour into the batter in 2 or 3 additions.
- Finish folding the flour in by hand, kneading until all of the flour has been added and a smooth dough has developed. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and slightly flatten the ball into a disc. Cut the dough into 12 even wedges. Roll each wedge into a 3-inch-long (7 cm) oval log and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Shape the pieces of dough into small “navettes” or little boats by pressing to flatten just a bit, and pinching the 2 ends into rounded points. Make a 2-inch (5 cm) slit down the center of each with a sharp knife, cutting only halfway down into the dough, and carefully push the slit open slightly. Brush each cookie lightly with milk.
- Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden; the tips and undersides should be a deeper golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on a rack. Store in a covered container.