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Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo to review. I love browsing through recipe books for new ideas of what to cook, so was delighted to be offered the chance to review this book.

Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D'Angelo

Here is the book blurb.

Learn HOW to make easy, delicious and healthy pescatarian meals with your crockpot slow cooker!
Are you looking for a nutritious diet that is high in protein but doesn’t consist of meat? Have you recently invested in a crockpot and are looking for tasty and healthy recipes? Do you want to switch to a pescatarian diet?

If your answer is a yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Make this your first exciting and exclusive PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK!

Daily Food’s author, Martha D’Angelo will provide you with step by step instructions for the best recipes that will make you crave for more! If you are looking to eat delicious meals that are pescatarian diet-friendly and that you can prepare quickly, look no further. The best part is that you can prepare them all in one crockpot without having to toil for hours in the kitchen.

It can be tough to follow a healthy diet and avoid serious illnesses with most of us’ lifestyle. To lose weight or maintain good health, good food is of utmost importance. You might have tried other diets and already realized that it isn’t as easy as it appears. The time crunch due to all the other commitments that keep you busy can make it challenging to eat healthy home-cooked meals every day; however, this will no longer be an issue. With this PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK, you will learn how to cook EASY AND DELICIOUS pescatarian meals.


An explanation of what the pescatarian diet is
What foods you can and cannot eat while following the diet
The benefits of following a pescatarian lifestyle
Delicious crockpot recipes for breakfast
Lunch-munch recipies to die for
Delicious fancy dinner meals
Desserts that will amaze your taste buds
And much, much more!

This PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK is packed with quick and healthy meals that are perfect for vegetarians who eat fish. This cookbook and your crockpot will help you have healthy pescatarian meals on your table in no time! 

So starting with the blurb, this is well written to tempt you in, except in the final paragraph where it says “vegetarians who eat fish”. By definition a vegetarian does not eat fish, so this statement is nonsense. Instead it would be better to clarify on the cover, that a pescatarian is someone who abstains from eating animal flesh with the exception of fish and seafood. This is something which is explained in the introduction, along with all the health benefits and the advantages of cooking in a crockpot.

A crockpot is another name for a slow cooker, so I was anticipating that most of the recipes would be ones that you could prep first thing in the morning, then leave cooking all day whilst you are out at work. But flicking through the recipes, the majority are a lot shorter and some I would question the benefit of using your slow cooker as opposed to another method of cooking. For instance there are a few recipes where salmon is initially cooked in the crockpot before being used elsewhere like Salmon Tortilla Appetizers or Salmon Avocado Lettuce Wraps. Three alternative methods of cooking the salmon for these dishes immediately spring to mind, namely wrapped in foil in the oven, poached on the hob or in the microwave, all of which I would choose in preference over my slow cooker.

This 123 page book follows the traditional format of breakfast dishes, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. And I’m pleased to say that no, the desserts do not include fish. Each recipe gives an indication of preparation time, cooking time, servings and nutritional value. However there are quite a number of instances of different cooking durations mentioned in the directions, plus it may vary between models of crockpots, so you will need to use your judgement.

As the book is aimed at beginners it was good to see a balance between recipes using fresh or tinned fish. Unfortunately not so good for the novice is that the recipes use a mixture of units. I particularly would have recommended avoiding the cup measurement, as I look at all my different size cups, wondering which one is optimum to choose.

Some but not all of the recipes are illustrated and all the photos look very tempting. However I did notice some images which didn’t appear to match the recipe they were with. For instance Moroccan Spiced Fish uses steaks or fillets, but the accompanying photograph is of a whole fish served differently to what is described. The book could definitely benefit from some more proof-reading as this same recipe includes both ground coriander and chopped cilantro. These are alternative names for the same plant, so should be named consistently.

Or a recipe like Spinach and Salmon Muffins which makes 4, but is illustrated with a photo of 12. That would be very slow progress if done as 3 batches in the crockpot! So don’t rely on the pictures.

This book has certainly given me inspiration as to how to incorporate more variety of fish into our diet, as I’ve previously tended to stick to just a few trusted recipes.

And I’ve discovered new dishes that I had never heard of previously like Grits and Congee.

The Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. A nice cookery book although I would have preferred to see an illustration for every recipe.

An integral part of reviewing a cookery book is to test out some of the recipes. So I selected to try making Cajun Shrimp and Rice first from the dinner section. I did make a few adaptions though as follows. Firstly I didn’t have a long grain and wild rice mix, so i just used long grain, also I increased the quantity from 3 ounces to what I would usually do as a rice serving – 60g per person. I skipped the green pepper as I didn’t have any of that in the fridge. The recipe had a discrepancy between water in the ingredients and broth in the directions, so I opted to defrost some stock to use, increasing the amount because of having already chosen to use extra rice. And I guessed how much onion would equate to the required half cup. The cooking time was estimated at 2-4 hours whilst the directions suggested 4-5 hours on low or 2-2.5 hours on high, before adding the shrimp. My slow cooker also has a medium setting, but I opted for the low setting. I checked it at the 3 hour point and the rice was already cooked, so I added the shrimp immediately.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

This meal was delicious and the author was probably correct to suggest a smaller amount of rice, as we ended up with a portion left over. Perhaps 40g each might be the answer.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun shrimp and rice

I’d love to hear what fish recipes you enjoy? Have you ever cooked fish in your slow cooker?

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Chimasu Asian Snack box review & giveaway

I always love the surprise of what I may find in a subscription box. And we’re definitely partial to a snack here, so I was looking forward to my free Chimasu box of Asian Snacks arriving. Beyond prawn crackers, I have to admit that I am rather ignorant regarding types of Asian snacks. So I took a sneak peak at the Chimasu website in advance, where a familiar brand with a twist caught my eye, a Wasabi KitKat. I’ve heard of Wasabi but have no idea what it tastes like. Would there be one of those in my box?

Chimasu Asian Snacks

When it arrived, I found a huge range of items inside. More than I was expecting for the size of the parcel, but most were quite small, meaning more variety could be included, which I thought was an excellent idea.

Chimasu Asian Snacks

Chimasu Asian Snacks

So the contents were as follows…

Pu Erh Tea
Jasmine Tea (2)
Sesame Pastry (2)
Roasted Rolled Crispy Seaweed (2)
Shrimp Flavour Yummy Flakes
HiChew Green Apple
HiChew Strawberry
Wasabi Peas
Rice Cracker (2)
Kabaya Milk Chocolate Biscuit (4 panda)
Lotte Rakuten bear cake (9 Koala biscuits)
Korean Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup
Nissan Demae Ramen
Orion Seaweed Flavour Korepab Snack
Banana Kick Snack

Pu Erh Tea
This is not a type of tea that I had heard of so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Just one tea bag, so I served it in traditional Chinese tea cups, so that two of us could try it. A pleasant flavour.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Pu Erh Tea

Jasmine Tea
I always order Jasmine Tea whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant and this Ten Ren brand tasted just as good as any other Jasmine Tea.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Jasmine Tea

Sesame Pastry
This was also labelled as Silang Crispy Pastries with Nutlet. Allergy warning, it contains peanut. There were two of these, individually wrapped, each containing a 13g biscuit. Son1 and I loved these. First time I’ve come across black sesame seeds.

sesame pastry

Kabaya Milk Chocolate Biscuit
Son2 immediately grabbed this 17g packet when he saw it. Inside were 4 tiny chocolate filled panda biscuits. He did reluctantly let son1 and myself share one of them. We all loved these.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Kabaya Panda Biscuits

Lotte Rakuten bear cake
Again this appealed to the boys. Inside were 9 milk flavoured tiny koala biscuits, each with a different design koala. One was even wearing glasses. I did have one, whilst the boys quickly ate four each. Good but the pandas were better. According to the website, this 19.5g packet also comes in a mango flavour.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Koala Biscuits

Wasabi Peas
A small 10g packet but any more would have been too much as we found them rather spicy. I had never tried anything wasabi flavour previously and didn’t particularly like this, but son1 enjoyed a few at a time.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Wasabi Peas

Shrimp Flavour Yummy Flakes
A small 5g packet which son1 and I both loved. It had the texture of a Pom Bear snack. We would have liked this in a bigger size.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Shrimp Yummy Flakes

HiChew Green Apple / HiChew Strawberry
Just two individually wrapped sweets which son2 had his eye on. He did let me cut a sliver off the end of each to test. They are similar to Starburst.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - HiChew Sweets

Kameda Seika Soy Sauce Flavoured Rice Crackers
These 16.8g individually wrapped Rice Crackers had the shortest shelf life, with less than 6 weeks. Everything else was dated 2018. Both son1 and I loved these.

Rice Cracker

Roasted Rolled Crispy Seaweed – Select Rolling Bite spicy flavour
These were labelled as no MSG, low fat and gluten free. We are all seaweed fans but son2 refused to try these as the packaging said they were spicy. Son1 and I both found them reasonably pleasant.

Seaweed Roll

Banana Kick Snack
This was a family size bag and they looked rather like Wotsits and with a similar texture and crunch. But the banana taste was very different. It didn’t particularly appeal to the adults, but the boys loved it.

Chimasu Asian Snacks - Banana Kick

Orion Seaweed Flavour Korepab Snack
Another pleasant savoury snack all in the shapes of various sea creatures. Tiny and hollow. Plenty in the pack.

Orion Seaweed Snack

Nissan Demae Ramen
This made a tasty sesame flavour noodle soup which son1 and I enjoyed. Just add 500ml boiling water, cook for 3 minutes. Then stir in contents of the flavouring sachet and oil sachet.

Noodle soup

Korean Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup
Another simple soup to make. This time add 550ml boiling water, stir in contents of the flavouring sachet and flakes sachet, then cook for 4.5 minutes. However the big difference was that this soup was very spicy indeed. We still liked the noodles but the liquid was too spicy for any of us. The packet is labelled as Gourmet Spicy.

Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

A great varied selection of snacks in my opinion.

You may choose between a month to month subscription at £18 per box or prepaying for 3, 6 or 12 boxes or buying a single box for £20. Prepaying for 3 equates to £17 per box and prepaying for 6 equates to £16.50 per box and prepaying for 12 equates to £16 per box. Very good value in my opinion and it also includes free shipping within the UK. You pay extra for shipping to other countries.

You also get the option to indicate which categories you love (always include), like (sometimes include) or don’t want from the following list of categories. A very useful feature in my opinion.
Biscuits and Cakes
Nuts, Peas and Seeds
Noodles and Soups

Plus I have a special offer to share with my readers. £6 off your first Asian Snack Box and a free Japanese Kit Kat when you use coupon code TOKYO444 at checkout.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway an Asian Snack box from Chimasu to one lucky winner. This may contain a different selection of products to those featured here, as my review is of what was in the October selection.

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I’d love to hear what is your favourite Asian Snack?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.