Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Cook From Cookbook Challenge

I have quite a few cookbooks. And a Good Food magazine subscription (thanks mum!). Yet boyfriend and I have a fairly limited repertoire of meals that we make each week. This is down to a few reasons:

  • The meals require very little thought because we know them so well
  • It makes popping to the supermarket much quicker and easier when we know what we're going to buy
  • After a long day of work we're not generally in the mood to cook anything particularly adventurous
  • Also... we have these meals on our rotation because we really enjoy them! Seems obvious, but I thought I'd mention that part *laughs*

So, after a few conversations with boyfriend recently, and a chat on twitter with a couple of other cookbook fiends (I'm looking at you guys Tink and Mooncalf), I decided it would be a good plan to try and start a weekly "Cook from Cookbook Challenge"

Some caveats of course - I'm not going to stress if it doesn't happen every week, life happens and sometimes things don't work out. This isn't a meme, it's just a plan I have for me and boyfriend. Having said that, if anyone else has a go, great! Let me know, help yourself to the image I made below, send pictures, share links and recipes (copyright permitting). It'll be fun *grins* Not that I need more recipes of course ;)

Part of this idea was inspired by a recipe that boyfriend made from a previous Good Food magazine, a chinese bbq pork chop with cucumber salad. It was absolutely delicious (although a bit time consuming) and reminded us to be a little more adventurous.

So, wish me luck in my trawl through my cookbook collection, I'll post any successes (and, if you're really lucky, any less successful attempts too)!


  1. Yay for enabling!

    I actually have just bought a single cookbook I do this with, and ignore all of the others! A different burger recipe for each week of the year...

  2. It sounds like a good idea, and bbq pork chop sounds fantastic. The takeawwy secret is my favourite book at the minute, not healthy but tasty :)

  3. I just started looking around the internet for new dinner ideas, so I look forward to seeing what you cook up on your blog!

  4. This sounds like a great idea! I can't wait to hear about what you make.

  5. This could be a fun thing to try. I haven't done any cookbook stuff in a while. Though I do tend to pull recipes from food.com.

  6. I always forget to plan meals when I go shopping. I should start prowling cook book stuff.

  7. Good luck! I love experimenting in the kitchen but I don't always have the time.

  8. Its very easy to rotate the same well known meals each week, I do the same...Although Cook from a cookbook challenge sounds lovely!!

    Although does recipes that you have collected online count?

  9. Oh, this is a brilliant idea! I'd've loved to join in but fear I'll fall off the wagon in no time :(

    I'll live vicariously through you three so keep it coming!


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