I'm busy working on the Sewing World mag bag today. I'll post the pics later. Whilst I'm making the bag I'll be thinking about what to get in the supermarket today. I love cooking from scratch and we rarely eat ready meals or takeaways unless I'm really tired (I do all of the cooking, he does all of the washing up), but the one thing I don't like about cooking is deciding what to make.
I seem to have a fixed repertoire of meals that only changes very slowly. I haven't counted all of the dishes that I know how to make, but at the moment it seems quite limited because lately I'm making the same dishes again and again. I'm in a food rut! It's not that I can't cook; Mum & Dad (who are both excellent cooks) taught their kids well, and I am trained chef (I never went into it as a career) I'm just not at all imaginative about cooking right now. Of course it's not the end of the world; it would just be nice to make some foodie changes what with it being the New Year.
Here are most of my cookery books. As you can see I am a big fan of Nigel Slater, I really rate his Kitchen Diaries and his 30 Minute Cook. Donna Hay is good for keeping it simple, Gordon Ramsay is great for the reluctant male cook (isn't it Al?), Hot Sour Salty Sweet is full of authentic Asian recipes (and it wouldn't look out of place on a coffee table), I also have a file of recipes that I've collected from the internet and various magazines.
Some food sites that I like:
- Delia Online - great no-nonsense mainly British food.
- BBC Food - recipes from all of their food programs.
- Jamie Oliver - love him or hate him; his recipes do work well.
- All Recipes - this site is crammed with recipes that have submitted and rated by folks like us.
- Epicurious - well laid out food info and recipe site.
- Guardian Food - good for restaurant reviews.
Actually, looking at my collection of recipe books I can see that it could do with more variety. There's not much European and no Indian, American, desert, vegetarian etc. books for example.
Do you folks have any recipe books or internet recipe sites recommendations to share with us? It would be fabulous to hear which books and sites are your faves especially as we are from all over the world and it would help me out of my food rut :)
I've made this list easily accessible in the Misc-List-Mania category (in the left hand side bar), so please keep adding to it if you have any suggestions. Thanks!