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In Good Company

Simple, generous recipes and ideas for get-togethers and good times

Sophie Hansen



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Murdoch Books
30 March 2021
'... generous, bright and warm, exactly the type of food I want to cook again and again.' Hetty McKinnon 'Sophie invites us into a special place where food nourishes, comforts and brings joy. Beautifully photographed and full of practical and seasonal recipes, this is a cookbook to treasure.' Julia Busuttil Nishimura, author of Ostro and A Year of Simple Family Food 'Sophie draws us generously into her world - a beautiful, authentic lifestyle. She has me wanting Gran's almond cake with honey cream, warm figs & blue cheese with elderflower & prosecco jellies - and to be sprawled on a river bank with family, friends & wild flowers.' Tessa Kiros Ask anyone to tell you about the most memorable meal of their life and they won't give you a chronological playback of what they ate; they'll tell you about how that meal made them feel. Whether it's a last-minute dinner with neighbours, a family feast or a casual summer picnic, Sophie Hansen has done the thinking for you and designed menus featuring 120 recipes that are simple, tasty and perfect for sharing. She also includes ideas for creating a memorable atmosphere for any gathering, large or small, plus advice on how to embrace shortcuts to take the pressure off, so you can focus on enjoying the good times rather than stressing in the kitchen.

In Good Company is filled with all the recipes and inspiration you need to encourage you to throw open your doors and invite people in, because there's never been a better time to bring people together.
By:   Sophie Hansen
Imprint:   Murdoch Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 190mm, 
Weight:   994g
ISBN:   9781922351135
ISBN 10:   192235113X
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   30 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Recipe list SPRING Feeding the masses 1. Marinated green olives and feta 2. Salsa verde 3. Fennel, parmesan and apple slaw 4. Porchetta 5. Apricot mousse All at sea 6. Asparagus with adobo chilli butter 7. Jewelled rice pilaf 8. Barbecued lamb shoulder with whipped feta and pistachio crumbs 9. Orange and honey melt-and-mix cake Spring chicken dinner party 10. Herb bouquet with sunflower seed pesto 11. Mini pommes Anna 12. Julie Delpy-style chicken with calvados and creme fraiche 13. Chocolate, hazelnut and espresso cake Keeping the kids happy 14. Soboro don 15. Crunchy, tangy cucumber salad 16. Zingy carrot and ginger salad 17. Warm fruit salad with malt crumbs Supper on the beach 18. Fiona's olive oil crackers 19. Easy tomato and chorizo soup 20. Ginger crunch bars with custard and rhubarb Working lunch 21. Greek salad with chicken, risoni and caramelised lemon 22. Red cabbage and quinoa salad with candied walnuts 23. Rainbow pickle 24. Rainbow pickle and gruyere toasties 25. Cacao, banana and peanut butter smoothie SUMMER The perfect summer picnic 26. Cannellini bean, olive and almond salad with mint dressing 27. Walnut, mustard and caramelised onion tart 28. Peach, pine nut and lavender cake New Year's Eve for your nearest and dearest 29. Vodka sour cocktails 30. Crunchy double-cooked potatoes 31. Garlic, honey and rosemary roasted chicken pieces 32. Bearnaise sauce 33. Crunchy salad 34. Praline truffles Chatter platters Bruschetta platter 35. Garlic toasted sourdough 36. Warm streaky bacon, blue cheese and fig 37. Tomato, rockmelon and hot-smoked trout 38. Chargrilled zucchini and nasturtium pesto 39. Arancini Cheese platter 40. Olive and hazelnut tapenade 41. Peach and rosemary G&T Mezze platter 42. Merguez meatballs with hummus 43. Pistachio and mint tapenade 44. Baked feta and olives 45. Slow-roasted tomatoes and eggplant 46. Simple dukkah 47. Zataar baked pita chips 'Too hot to cook' summer lunch 48. Deconstructed nicoise platter 49. Gran's almond cake A gentle dinner for a hot night 50. Nectarine shrub 51. Nectarine shruboni 52. Salmon rillettes 53. Tomato salad with salsa verde 54. Fresh ricotta and tomato pasta 55. Creamed corn pasta with chilli prosciutto crumbs 56. Salted caramel ice cream Ideas for the big family gathering 57. Rice pudding 58. Mum's steamed whole salmon with lots of herbs 59. Roasted cherry tomato, salmon and yoghurt salad 60. Salt-and-vinegar hasselback potatoes 61. Chicken potato salad with salsa verde 62. Elderflower and prosecco jellies with cream and berries AUTUMN Beating the Sunday night blues 63. Baked pasta with fennel sausage 64. Alice's garlic bread 65. Sophia's rhubarb compote 66. Rolled pavlova with hazelnut praline Passata day at Girragirra 67. Little herb pies with pickles 68. Polpettone in tomato sauce 69. Wendy's curtido 70. Walnut and fennel biscotti The visitor cake 71. The 'original' visitor cake 72. Rhubarb and vanilla jam 73. Rhubarb, orange and pistachio thumbprints 74. Pear, walnut and nutmeg cake 75. Hummingbird loaf cake 76. Sweet dukkah 77. Cinnamon and fruit scones 78. Fig and almond cake that thinks it's a tart Easter lunch in the orchard 79. Aromatic slow-cooked lamb shoulder 80. Smoky green sauce for everything 81. Pumpkin and parmesan polenta 82. Roasted carrots with yoghurt, hazelnuts and harissa 83. Quince frangipane tart 84. Poached quinces Autumn feast 85. Fish pie 86. Pickle salad 87. Gremolata tabouleh 88. Fig and ginger compote Loaves and fishes 89. Amaro spritz 90. No-need-to-knead focaccia 91. Gently spiced venison osso buco with sweet potato puree 92. Roasted broccolini with seeds 93. Annabelle's quince and pecan ice cream WINTER Ease the bleak midwinter 94. Winter sun soup 95. Fried chicken with hot honey butter 96. Creamed green curry corn 97. Granny Mary's self-saucing lemon curd pudding Curry night 98. Spicy, nutty snacking mix 99. Spiced roasted cauliflower and potatoes 100. Lamb rogan josh 101. Baked rice 102. Pickled onions 103. Raita 104. Roti with curry sauce and pickled cucumbers 105. Dessert boxes On being good company 106. Conversation-starter cookies 107. Caramel popcorn with smashed pretzels 108. Mandarin and vanilla sugar 109. Mandarin and fennel salt 110. Alison's toasted coconut marshmallows 111. Blood orange shrub 112. Orange sherbet Wintery ploughman's lunch 113. Big flavour tomato soup 114. Ploughman's with a chop 115. Beetroot pickled eggs 116. Narnie's apple pie 117. Chocolate, caramel and toasted sesame slice Filling the hollow legs 118. Sticky spiced chicken wings 119. Hamburgers with miso butter and pink sauce 120. Brown sugar meringues 121. Honeycomb 122. Hot chocolate sauce 123. Yoghurt cream Sunday best 124. Caramelised fennel and brie dip 125. Winter greens with garlic and almonds 126. Roasted eye fillet with quince glaze and parsnip and onion puree 127. Chocolate bark 128. Orange vodka cocktail

Sophie lives with her family on a farm just outside Orange in country New South Wales. She trained in print journalism at the University of Canberra and has over 20 years experience as a features writer. She has been blogging at since 2013 and now teaches social media and content marketing to producers and small businesses via My Open Kitchen (podcast, e-course and workshops). With her first book with Murdoch Books, A Basket By The Door, Sophie continues to build her wonderful community of home cooks, brimming with friendship and kindness.

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