Friday, January 15, 2010

quick smart cook

I love cook books.
And I have soooo many of them - a shelf-full right by the kitchen, piles on the coffee table, next to the bed and in the study.
I read them over and over, pouring over the pages, drooling over the pictures, picking out recipes and planning to make this and that.
But, somehow, things rarely progress beyond this speculative stage.
And still we seem to find ourselves racking our brains every afternoon for something to have for dinner, inevitably falling back on the same old meals every week (burritos, anyone?).

With that in mind I would like to make a conscious effort to try and get more use from my many cookbooks, and hopefully find some tasty new favourite recipes along the way.
So, the plan is to pick a cookbook each month, from which I'll aim to cook about a recipe a week.

To start off with, in January I'll be cooking from Delicious - quick smart cook.

This was one of my Christmas pressies - and very well chosen too, since I had been eyeing it at the newsie since it first came out!
As the title suggest, it's full of recipes that look impressive from relatively little effort. Whilst some recipes look like they need a some preparation, like the one I'll share tomorrow, there are also lots that are perfect for after work, or (let's face it) when its the weekend but you just can't be stuffed faffing about with dinner!

I've already made my first recipe from here - I'll be back to share over the weekend =)

Ooh, and if you'd like to tackle some of your cookbooks in the same way do let me know - I'd love to hear how the recipes cook up (and I might just discover some must have books too!)



  1. Snap! I posted about a very similar cooking challenge today too!!

  2. I was just about to say that RoseRed. You could start a 'thing' together!!!

  3. teehee that is so very spooky!
    I can't wait to see what comes out of the RoseRed kitchen - I love your food posts on Mouthfuls of Heaven!

  4. I have a ... problem with cookbooks too. Completely obsessed, can't seem to stop buying them. It's nearly as bad as the knitting book collection!

  5. Between you and Rose Red I have a feeling I am going to be very inspired to cook!

    I find I crawl through the cook books more when I have lots of garden produce to eat. Like rhubarb and parsley for example. ;-)

  6. Yay! So glad you posted this after our chat the other night! I'm definitely in too - I want to expand the palate of the little people and start using more of my cook books. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  7. I think this is a fantastic idea. I'm really tired of cooking the same old things and want to branch out a bit as well. I don't have too many good cookbooks either, so maybe it's time I went a-looking.

    The cooking bug took hold yesterday and I made some egg pasta which I'm going to make into spag bol tonight. :)


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