Welcome to the Cookery Calendar Challenge.
I started this challenge in January 2016 because cooking family meals had become a stressor for me, rather than a pleasure. I had lost my way with family meals. My family (dear to me as they are in every way) is not easy to feed. I made the same old things more often than anyone wanted to eat them, and everyone (including me) was bored. I prepared evening meals at the last minute and did not plan ahead. I had almost stopped believing I could make meals that my family would enjoy. All this despite being quite a capable cook, and having many excellent cookery books at my disposal; some well loved, some never used, though all bought with good intentions.
I therefore decided to regain control and confidence in the kitchen, by meal planning, shopping and cooking in a more organised, systematic fashion. My aims were:
1) to reinvigorate my repertoire of family meals
2) to revisit my cookery book collection in a systematic manner
3) to encourage myself to plan and shop for family meals in an organised way
As part of this challenge, and in the name of accountability, I decided to blog about it, regularly, on the first of every month. This became the Cookery Calendar Challenge. Why not join me? Details below.
How it works:
The challenge is simple: the first week of every month, select a cookery book from your shelf and over the course of the month, cook two new recipes from it. The book can be one you have owned for ages but never cooked from, or a new book, or one that you tend to use for the same recipes each time, and have never explored further. You can use the same recipe book as many times as you wish for the Cookery Calendar Challenge, as long as you choose two new recipes from it each time you use it. The recipes can be for any meal. Cakes and bakes are excluded, but puddings are included.
At the beginning of the following month, blog about the recipes you have used, along with any thoughts about the book, or the recipes, and announce your chosen cookery book for the month ahead. Don't worry about photographs; if you haven't taken a photograph of the dish, post a photograph of the recipe book you used. Similarly, you are welcome to share a recipe if you wish, but there is no pressure to do so. This project is more about the process of reconnecting with your cookery book collection, than about recipe sharing or food photography.
If you join the Cookery Calendar Challenge, and write a post about it, I would appreciate a link back to my blog in your Cookery Calendar Challenge post.There will also be a monthly linky at the bottom of each Cookery Calendar Challenge post, to make it easy to add your blog. I look forward to reading about your cookery adventures each month.
There is also a Cookery Calendar Challenge badge in the sidebar to display on your blog if you like. (Just copy and paste the code into your blog dashboard to display)
You can also join via Instagram using hashtag #cookerycalendarchallenge. (You'll find me on Instagram @penny.homemadeheart)
This is an ongoing project, you can join at any time, and drop in and out as you please. It's never too late to get involved, and everyone is very welcome.