Cookbook road test: Everyday Delicious
Izy Hossack started a food blog called Top With Cinnamon at just 15 years old. Now, at just 19, she has a successful recipe book, a great eye for styling and her blog boasts 350,000 visitors a month. She’s going to need a bigger belt to store all those accomplishments under.
The new paperback edition of her book, called Everyday Delicious, will be released on March 24. While some may see it as the same book as the hardback version, I saw it as brand-new excuse to try out more of Izy’s recipes.
The book is divided into six chapters: Breakfast + Brunch, Sides, Mains, Sweet Snacks, Desserts and Staples + How-tos. Each recipe comes complete with a somewhat moody, fabulously styled photo and an opening anecdote about the dish. The recipes span from super easy to pretty-much easy. Izy turns store-bought pittas into herby pitta chips in just a few simple steps, but she also walks us through a lovely pork ragù with pappardelle. While a bit more complex, it’s still super achievable for even the novice home cook.
Izy’s recipes are straightforward using mostly from-scratch ingredients and the ingredient section includes US measurements (her mum is from the states).
I decided to give Izy’s coconut macaroon brownie recipe a try. Why? Because I make brownies at least once a week and am always looking to expand my topping/mix-in repertoire (though I’m a purist at heart). This recipe is so easy to make – as the majority of brownie recipes are and should be – they’re the ultimate marriage of macaroons and brownies.
It’s quite literally a case of throwing everything together in a bowl, mixing and baking – nothing complex. They were, simply, really good brownies. They ticked all the boxes on my brownie checklist: moist, chewy, fudgy (no one likes a cakey brownie) and chocolatey.
The brownies can be whipped up quickly and easily for a party, bake sale or late-night chocolate craving…