The Forest Cantina - Home
The Forest Cantina - HOME is Unna'a second, and this time - self-published cookbook. She has named my book ‘Home’ because the style of her cooking is very much one of a ‘home cook’, and because she has included a guide at the back of the book to achieving your own home-grown produce. Also, because of how strongly Unna feels about home in the sense of her turangawaewae (home ground) being New Zealand.
The book's practical features
- Hard cover so it wears well in the kitchen, with debossing on front and spine for extra pizzazz!
- 215mm x 265mm x 3mm (she's chunky!)
- 288 pages
- Gorgeous thick 140gsm matte paper stock (it feeeeels as good as it looks!)
Every single recipe has an image to go with it, to inspire you to cook, and because I personally never cook a recipe without an photo to show me how it is supposed to look. I'm a visual kinda person.
- TWO marker ribbons
Inside the book
There are 80 recipes with a good mix of healthy meal ideas as well as treats for cheat days, plus mini recipes, serving suggestions and tips.
The recipes have either been inspired Unna's family favourites growing up, or by her travels and restaurants from within Wellington, Unn'a city. She like to take classics or food that is hot right now and put her own spin on it, using as many ingredients from her backyard as possible.
The recipe sections are; BREAKFAST, SAVOURY (tapas and preserves, grazing tables, salads and dressings, soups and main course) and SWEETS (desserts, baking and drinks).
For those of you on a vegetarian diet, there is a full list of recipes under this section in the index for your convenience.
Each recipe in this book was tested at least three times by three separate recipe testers, each with different skill levels in the kitchen. They not only made sure the recipes tasted good, but also helped me put together a realistic time frame for how long each recipe takes to prepare and cook – for normal people (not chefs).
There are many recipes in this book that can be gifted as a homemade present. If a recipe can be given as a gift, it will say under the time and serves: “Give: This recipe makes a great homemade gift”. A full list of homemade gifts can be found in the index.
A guide to suburban self-sufficiency is at the back of the book (on grey pages, so it is slightly different from the recipe section) and it is there to give you all the very basics you need to know to start living off the land, producing home grown ingredients in the space you have right now. The three key sections are; ORGANIC GARDENING (soil basics, crop rotation + companion planting, seed raising, how to make natural pesticides, edible flowers, herbs, alliums, leafy greens, root vegetables and Nga rongoa o nga rakau - Maori medicinal use of plants),
BACKYARD CHICKENS (choosing a chicken house, choosing breeds, what to feed chickens, general care, egg production and how to look after mother hen and her baby chicks) and URBAN BEEKEEPING (things to consider before becoming a beekeeper, choosing the right site, equipment, acquiring bees, a basic seasonal guide to working the bees and extracting honey without any expensive equipment).