Have you ever bought a new cook book and the first recipes you make out of it are really BLEURGH!!?? This happened to me last night, and I must say I'm rather reluctant to try anything else out of said book. The book I'm talking about is Complete Indian Cooking by Cara Hobday and Louise Steele (anyone else have this??) The first dish I made was Vegetable Curry (HOW could I have gone so wrong???) it was completely bland with no taste what-so-ever. Note to self: never NEVER use Turnips in Indian Cooking AGAIN. The second dish was Lentil and Vegetable Biryani and whilst it was very delicious and tasty (you had to use a LOT of salt however) it was WAY too wet for a Biryani. Biryani's should be dry shouldn't they?? It does peeve me off because its reasons like this that I am always so reluctant to try new recipes and just stick to the already tried and tested recipes of my youth. BUT I do so want to be a bit more creative than I have been and start trying new dishes and what not. I probably will make a few more dishes out of this book - the Samosas look darn good and there's a few interesting Aubergine recipes in there as well. And as reluctant as I am to waste any more food making recipes from this book - I am equally reluctant to have wasted the 79p it cost me from the charity shop!! LOL!