I am famed for my dreadful cooking.
I don’t know why, as my mother cooked for all six of us kids when we were little. I have managed to get through to today without dealing with this ‘big black hole’ in my education, mainly due to the fact that my husband loves cooking (when he gets the time!) but as my kids get older I want them to see food being prepared and cooked. It’s not that they eat badly but food can easily be ‘just’ cooked, in other words, without love, creativity or variety. I also want to eat cleaner but not at the expense of taste. It’s not about weight loss I just want to eat simple, well prepared, tasty food. Believe it or not, it also weans me off spending all my time hunting for clothes and at least I now spend some time looking at recipes, which I have found to be actually quite addictive!
2017 is the year when I intend to master 20 simple recipes but I want them to be tasty and easy to throw together.
I started by asking those of my friends that cook from recipes. Alex, my photographer, sent me a Zucchini, Pea and Mint Soup from the Monday Morning Cooking Club which I made. The first step, which took me an age, was to master the food processor which we got as a gift for our wedding 11 years ago…and never been used! We did it (my husband helped) and it was delicious and we froze batches and will lived off it for weeks.
I was then tipped off to a cookbook called The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power. It is phenomenal and worth buying as it is easy to follow and the food is so delicious and healthy.
Lynn told me about the cookbook as it has been a sell out in Ireland and hard to get your hands on. Now I know why! I have tried a lot of the other ‘healthy option’ cookbooks but they are way too complicated and I would need a day alone to find the ingredients. Indy Power’s book is so simple and the food is really divine; all the recipes I tried, I would cook again and best of all, the kids loved them.
We also wanted to make healthy after school snacks so tried the Double Chocolate Pecan Bread which I can highly recommend. We also made the Grain Free Granola (my biggest success) and Buckwheat Waffles as well as Carrot and Courgette Fritters. I even got my son to eat porridge (albeit chocolate porridge).
I think the key is to put time aside and to ensure you have all the ingredients you need and I also had to buy storage jars for all the various nuts, flours etc.
Thanks also to Miranda who is going to organize a course for me and some friends at Building Feasts. The big disaster last week was that I didn’t know I was supposed to wet wooden skewers before you cook them in the oven which resulted in a bit of a kitchen disaster.
If you have any Food websites or blogs that you love please send them my way! I have been loving Emma Bardwell and her blog Eighty Percent Clean. Emma is realistic and her approach to food and cooking is honest and easy to follow. I am currently loving her Chia porridge and her cauliflower and coconut curry.