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"Simple, seasonal and easy"
5 stars"

Its a hefty book but genuinely jam packed full of really great recipes. Its a beautiful book with gorgeous photography and the majority of the recipes are from scratch- and if not, refer back to another recipe. Its very well referenced- at the back you can look up specific recipes or recipes by category (vegetarian, gluten free etc). Annabel comes across very down to earth and non pretentious which is a breath of fresh air. I love this book and absolutely recommend it.

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If you have the first two then why not get this one so I DID. Another good book in the series a good buy with alot of inspirational i­deas.

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Enjoying Immensely! What do I love the most… links to the seasons & my garden; practical & fuss-free; nutritious & tasty + the index is amazing as it helps me avoid waste.


“Take time out from your busy schedule to savour life’s simple pleasures – the sweetness of a fresh-picked berry, the crunch of a carrot straight from the earth, and the joy to be found in cooking with love for family and friends.”

Annabel Langbein is one of New Zealand’s best-loved food writers and the star of her own international television series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook.

In her new book Simple Pleasures, Annabel stays true to her philosophy that quality natural ingredients need little in the way of fussy preparation, cooking up an exciting new batch of her trademark fast, fresh recipes at her rustic cabin on the shores of Lake Wanaka.


Chicken and Leek Gratin (pictured left)
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut cooking the same old things, but one of the easiest ways to get out of that rut is to revitalise old favourites. Here I’ve given a classic leek and chicken bake a fabulous update by marinating the chicken in cayenne, mustard and worcestershire sauce. It’s such a useful dish to make in advance and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to pop it in the oven.

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 1¼ hours
Serves 6

3 tbsp butter
4 leeks, thinly sliced
salt and ground black pepper
12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp thyme leaves
½ tsp salt
½ cup cream or chicken stock
1 recipe Provençal Crust (see below)

Heat butter in a heavy pan, add leeks and season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring now and then, until softened and no longer bright green (about 15 minutes).
While the leeks are cooking, place chicken in a bowl with mustard, worcestershire sauce, cayenne, thyme and salt and stir to combine. Allow to sit for 10 minutes while the leeks cook.

Remove cooked leeks from heat and mix in cream or chicken stock. Spread evenly in the base of a large, shallow baking dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top then cover with Provençal Crust. The gratin can be prepared in advance to this stage and chilled for several hours until needed.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 180°C. Bake until chicken is fully cooked through and crumbs are golden (about 1 hour).

Provençal Crust
I often double this recipe so I can keep some in the freezer. It makes a great topping for a gratin, cauliflower cheese or braised vegetables and can also be used as a crust for lamb or a topping for baked mushrooms.

Prep time 10 mins
Makes 2½ cups

½ loaf day-old rustic bread
4 cloves garlic
2 handfuls parsley leaves
1 tsp coarsely chopped rosemary leaves
3 anchovies
60g butter, softened but not melted
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
½ cup coarsely grated parmesan

Break bread into rough chunks, removing crusts if they are
very hard, and pulse in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Measure out 2 heaped cups and freeze any remaining crumbs for future use.

Place garlic, parsley, rosemary, anchovies, butter and lemon zest in a food processor and whizz to chop finely. Add breadcrumbs and parmesan and pulse to just combine. Provençal Crust will keep in a container in the fridge for up to a week or can be frozen.

About Annabel
Annabel has self-published 19 cookbooks including Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook and Annabel Langbein Free Range In the City. She has won numerous international awards including a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for ‘Best TV Cookbook’ for Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and have sold close to two million copies throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.

Release date NZ
September 20th, 2012
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour photographs throughout
Annabel Langbein Media
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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