I need to feel inspired to cook, I surround myself with lots of good sources to give me ideas. I think I have read so many cookbooks that I can just look at a recipe and the ingredients and get an idea if I would like it and how it may turn out. This also makes very good practice when it comes to deciphering restaurant menus!. Quite often Hubby will look across the table at what I ordered and go “ohhhhh”.
Here are my Top 4 favourite places I go when I have a jaded palate and need to create some fresh new food excitement in my kitchen.
1: DISH Magazine . OH my goodness! I LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!. The best New Zealand food magazine, I have heard people in France are now ordering this magazine online. I have improved my cooking knowledge, technique, skill by cooking and reading these magazines. It also helps the photography is so beautiful it has you salivating right to the kitchen. please go to the website and get a subscription quick. It will be a lifetime subscription I promise you will not be dissapointed. http://www.dish.co.nz/
2: The Library. I am not joking, the library is cool again. Every couple of weeks I loan a selection of cooking books and test and try them out. This is much better than buying an expensive cook book which you cook one recipe from which unfortunately burns in your oven and you never use the damn book again. Try before you buy. If you cook a number of recipes from the book you may want to consider investing in a copy. There have been a few books I have discovered this way I will list them at the end of my post.
3: Food TV, Sky. Ok I admit it I am a food Tv geek. This would only be a complete crime if I watched the cooking programmes and never cooked. It is amazing but you can actually learn quite a lot from cooking demonstrations. With the internet now if a particular recipe looks good I can google it and print it off and have it on the table for dinner. I found my Bill Granger Tuna Rissotto recipe this way. I have now printed this recipe off and given so many copies away. My sister is so addicted to it every time I ask her, Jess whats for dinner it is this Rissotto.
See the website for the link to this easy recipe. If you have a young family to feed this is great you can assemble and put in the oven for 30min while you do something else. It is very good with tins of flavoured tomatoes eg: Watties indian/mexican/morrocan
I like to serve it with a fresh crunchy salad.
4: Online You almost do not need to even own a cookbook these days the amount of information and recipes online is vast. Let me save you some time in cyber space and share what sites I find useful.
http://uktv.co.uk/food/homepage/sid/566 I use this website a lot. I find it very useful in its layout. You can search under a particular ingredient eg:chicken dishes or by your favourite type of food eg:Italian. I never seem to have a enough time to peruse this site.
http://www.101cookbooks.com/ I found this website while I was hunting for a red lentil soup recipe (picture top of post) . Heidi who writes 101 cookbooks is a San Francisco based photographer and cook book writer. She is interested in Whole & Natural vegetarian foods. She has an eye for a beautiful photo and if I ever have only one grain or vegetable ingredient and am not sure what to cook I can search her site down the left hand side by that ingredient. I would reccomend her red Lentil soup too!.
If none of these work to inspire me I can always rely on my hunger to inspire me back to the kitchen.