Tasty dishes made sim­ple

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh De­li­cious Ev­ery Day by Anna Gare, Mur­doch Books, RRP $39.99

FOR­MER pop star Anna Gare loves easy cook­ing that sat­is­fies a fam­ily, as well as a crowd.

In the 1980s, she was a mem­ber of all-girl band the Jam Tarts, but th­ese days, you’re more likely to see Gare on the small screen.

She has ap­peared as a judge on Ju­nior MasterChef and The Great Aus­tralian Bake Off.

Gare is also a recipe book author and re­cently re­leased De­li­cious Ev­ery Day.

“My main goal when I cook is to make it de­li­cious and healthy. It gives me great plea­sure in per­fect­ing and shar­ing my recipes and con­tribut­ing to other peo­ple’s din­ner ta­bles.”

The book is a col­lec­tion of Gare’s most re­lied-upon recipes, from sim­ple of­fer­ings such as ba­con and egg frit­tata and green pea soup to sal­ads, bakes and desserts. All the recipes are her own fam­ily favourites, loved by her hus­band, for­mer NBA player Luc Longley, and the cou­ple’s four grown-up chil­dren.

Gare says that for time­poor cooks there is the onepot won­ders sec­tion – home cook­ing with lit­tle fuss and min­i­mal clean-up.

“I cre­ated this sec­tion as there is a lot of sat­is­fac­tion in putting a whole lot of fresh in­gre­di­ents to­gether in one pot, pop­ping on the lid and let­ting it cook into a de­li­cious din­ner,’’ she says.

“Not only is it quick and easy for the cook, it’s great for the dish-wash­ing teenagers and non-cook­ing part­ners in the fam­ily (less dishes to clean will leave them with more time to praise the cook).”

Gare’s favourite is the one-pot spiced chicken with pre­served lemon and green olives.

“My hus­band would go for my slow baked lamb shoul­der,” she says,

“I usu­ally bake my one - pot meals in the oven be­cause you get a lovely sur­round­ing heat and don’t have to keep stir­ring it like you would on the stove top,” she says.

Tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Anna Gare loves sim­ple food. Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

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