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Try these quick and easy homemade meals that can be prepared in minutes with sample recipes from the cookbooks

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

More Quick and Easy Homemade Meals: Simple Tasty Dishes for the Busy Person is the second cookbook from Emma Long. Each of her 100 recipes is designed for the single person and can easily be adapted for larger families. It is so effortless to follow her quick and easy recipes and I only wish that this was available when my son moved home and my daughter went to University. Then I wouldn't have worried about them starving! They could have made salmon pasta bake - my favourite dish from this book.

Just because a meal is prepared in a few minutes doesn't mean that it has to be boring and Emma proves this with her range of main meals broken down into type of meat, fish or vegetarian ingredients. Drawing from her years and experience in the catering and hospitality sectors she also provides recipes for side dishes and sauces to accompany each treat. Her breakfast parcel is a joy to make, eat and looks extravagant, yet takes minutes to prepare and needs only 30 minutes in the oven.

Read the Chicken Hot Pot page for another example of Emma’s wonderful recipes

Unlike other cookbooks which go overboard with attractive photographs that have nothing to do with the recipe and add colour but no relevance Emma sticks close to her subject matter. She thoughtfully provides a photo of the ingredients and one of what the finished product should look like.

The simplicity of her work is its major selling point: she writes the ingredients and directions, gives serving suggestions and tips where relevant, and keeps the reader focused on the cooking. Just what is needed for her intended readership of busy people. They will be rewarded with tasty dishes ranging from lemon and lime chicken pie, pork belly with black pudding and cauliflower bake.

As an example of her handy tips for her spicy chicken and pasta bake she suggests adding a drop of olive oil to the water in the saucepan to prevent the pasta from sticking.

A major advantage of More Quick and Easy Homemade Meals: Simple Tasty Dishes for the Busy Person is that the ingredients are readily available and can be conveniently purchased during a grocery shop.

This truly is a must for those with little time but still want to prepare a meal from scratch and have a decent home dining experience.

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