You’ve heard of never grocery shop while hungry? I have a new idiom to suggest...Never go into the cookbook section while hungry!
About 75 per cent of my cookbook purchases have been bought while I was hungry and wandered into the cookbook section of the bookstore. I organized the pantry in my kitchen last week and found that out of the 15 cookbooks, 20 saved cooking magazines and countless pieces of paper with random recipes, I’ve probably only made about 10 per cent of the recipes...and that’s being generous!
So as one of my random through-the-year resolutions, I am challenging myself to make something new from my current cookbooks at least once a week. That may sound like a weak challenge, but it’s actually pretty tough. I have a friend that’s a professional chef/caterer/ cooking instructor, so I frequently ask her questions about cooking, how she cooks at home, and what kinds of things she makes for her daughter, hoping to gain some new tips. And she too says that she ends up making the same things over and over again and that there’s nothing wrong with that! We eat what we like. It makes us feel good and our kids too!
Being adventurous is great. Last week I made a whole Thai meal for my family. I wondered how my 6, 4, and 2-year-old would react, but they each ate it all and generally like it, although some of the new flavours did surprise them! But sticking to what you know works too. We all have our comfort foods. Let’s face it, they are the meals we look forward to the most!
What are your families’ favourite recipes?
Published: April 24, 2013