This month, my resolution was to try some new recipes. I love to cook, but I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut with my cooking. I tend to make the same ten dishes over and over again. I was prompted to make this resolution after I noticed a stack of recipe books on my shelves that had never even been opened! I set to rectify that immediately.
I think I did pretty well with my resolution this month. I’ve tried to work at least two new recipes into my weekly cooking. As it’s Winter here, I’ve been particularly tempted to make things that are warm and filling. I’ve also been using my slow cooker quite a lot. I made chicken cacciatore for the first time and it was delicious. I also whipped up a batch of chicken and mushroom soup which was hearty and yummy. At Ross’s request, I tried a recipe for mulligatawny soup, which is kind of a curried chicken stew. That one cleared the sinuses, I can tell you! I’ll remember that recipe the next time I’ve got a cold.
My birthday party gave me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. I didn’t really cook anything groundbreaking, but they were all recipes I’d never tried before. I made a chocolate hedgehog slice and red velvet cupcakes. Both were a huge success.
I’ve also been giving my I Quit Sugar cookbook a workout since last month. I’ve made a bunch of savoury items to keep afternoon cravings at bay. The best ones so far have been the egg and bacon cupcakes and cheesy biscuits. I also made a zucchini cheesecake that was pretty delicious, although it was very garlicky. I like garlic but the flavour kind of overpowered everything else. Next time I’ll remember to halve the garlic in the recipe. For a special weekend treat, I made a batch of coconut fluff pancakes for lunch, which were so filling that I couldn’t finish the whole helping.
There are still a lot of recipes that I’m keen to try. I got Jamie Oliver’s Naked Chef cookbook set for Christmas, and there’s a beef and Guinness pie that I’m dying to try out. Perhaps this weekend. I also want to do loads more slow-cooked meals and perhaps experiment with some seafood. Although I like to eat seafood, I’m not very confident when it comes to cooking it. But practice makes perfect, I guess!