Dom of Belleau Kitchen has introduced a little twist into his Random Recipe challenge for this month, namely that we should randomly select from someone else’s books rather than our own. So I borrowed a recently published, glossy cookbook by a well-known author.
And then it all went wrong. Most of the offerings in the book turned out to be rehashes of well-known recipes. That was disappointing enough, but then I started to spot errors, such as ingredients listed but not mentioned in the method and vice versa. But it was the book’s endless gush of self-congratulation that meant I really couldn't face selecting one of the recipes for the challenge. My mother always told me that if I can't say anything nice, then I should shut up. So I returned the book from whence it came while smiling sweetly and looking grateful.
While thinking what to do instead I realised that there was a book which I’d borrowed some time ago and, errm, which still seemed to be on my shelf. So I randomly opened ‘Indian Food Made Easy’ by Anjum Anand (a very much better book than the rejected effort) and found the recipe for Fennel Seed Drop-Biscuits. To be honest, there are three recipes on the selected page, but, since I'm deeply fond of the taste of fennel, I just couldn't resist this one.
I do remember the original TV series, but, for some reason, I don’t remember this recipe. I'm happy to say that it’s simple and very tasty. Although inspired by a deep-fried and probably more complicated original, these are essentially sweet and fragrant drop scones. Like pancakes, it’s one of those recipes that’s just plain good fun to put together in a warm kitchen on a cold winter’s day.
You can find the recipe on the BBC site here.