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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 1st Jan 10, 3:05 PM
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    Cook Something Different Challenge
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    Cook Something Different Challenge 1st Jan 10 at 3:05 PM
    Heres something I have wanted to do for a while so I thought I would get some inspiration from the lovely OSers again

    I have a slight addiction to cookery books (particularly the gorgeous chef ones think James and Jamie ) which i adoring peruse then put back on the shelf and head for my usual meal of chilli :rolleyes: I also have 2 lever arch files of recipes carefully clipped from magazines.

    Not very money saving really - all that wasted paper and wasted efforts by those cute chefs. So............heres my challenge for 2010

    Each week I am going to cook at least one thing I have never cooked before and challenge my skills as a cook (from a fairly low base i have to say) and also to challenge my tastebuds to try some different things.

    So today I am starting as i mean to go on by cooking Jamies Roast Pork with balsamic baked roast potatoes and red onions. Not a massive stretch really but its a start for me

    Anyone wanna join in and we can share our experiences?

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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 1st Jan 10, 3:20 PM
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    Well I don't have the patience to follow recipes but today I decided to use up the half packets of odds and sods that had been languishing at the back of my cupboard. I didn't even bother with dosages and measures but just shoved in a pan the following:

    Red lentils, split peas (which I had soaked), wholegrain rice, wholemeal pasta, celery, carrots, potatoes, parsley, onion, a garlic clove, xtra virgin olive oil, half a chicken stock cube, and a dash of parmesan, a bit of lo-salt. It came up a real treat!

    Sorry Nelski for dumbing down your thread with the first reply. Your chef recipes sound quite posh in comparison...

    Happy New Year all
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    • Souk08
    • By Souk08 1st Jan 10, 3:25 PM
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    I'll join you! I usually just do one new recipe a month and I've got most of my food in for now so might be a wee while before I get to do anything but deffo go for it from Feb. I went to my lovley friends for dinner the other night and she had cooked an amazing meal from scratch with pud and I'm just not at that level but I want to be! I also have a cookery book or 3 on the go!!! Let's do it.
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    Hi Nelski,

    Aha! At last a challenge I might actually be able to do!

    This month, we are for the first time trying to do a storecupboard challenge so we will be having to be more imaginative than normal to use what is here rather than just buying 'extras' to finish off a specific recipe. I anticipate that we will be eating a lot of meals that we just haven't bothered to try before. I too have saved recipes from here and online and own more cook books than I care to count, so I think I really should give it a go.

    I will be a little restricted as we have a very small weekly budget for staples and extras we might need but I think that will just mean my experiments may be rather basic, but if that still counts then I would love to try and follow your challenge hon. It might help to focus me with meal planning etc. too.

    I have a very finickity OH which doesn't help of course!

    I think I will find a recipe I like and then post when I know we are cooking it each week.

    Let us know how those odd roast potatoes of Jamies go!

    Diva.x

    Quasar - your 'recipe' sounds so healthy and nourishing! I think my OH would leave me if I served that up.. he is a fussy thing!
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    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 1st Jan 10, 3:29 PM
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    I will join this one too, we are always saying we eat the same dishes week in week out, if it's Monday it must be steak in our house LOL.. can I count my Jamie Oliver Turkey and Leek Pie that I made yesterday for this week? I am not cooking today as we are going out soon....happy New Year everyone.

    I have a couple of recipe books that I just look at too...
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 1st Jan 10, 3:39 PM
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    Well, you lot are putting me to shame. I have some obscure recipe books from Italy and the old classic "The Constance Spry Cookery Book", so I might start the new year with the resolution to USE THEM and not just let them adorn a shelf.

    I'm on it. Will try one this week.
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 1st Jan 10, 3:46 PM
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    Goodness I really must try and use my collection more An idea I had was to cook from one book a week at a time (or longer). Thing is, I'm like Quasar, I don't follow the recipes and I don't want to be buying food especially for a recipe, I like cooking with what I have too, I think it is more economical. I do love reading recipes though. I think all the reading has helped me be better cook, the more recipes you read the more you realise that really they are all the same.

    A great idea for a challenge though Nelski, and I've been loving the Baileys btw
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 1st Jan 10, 3:48 PM
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    Hey Quasar (Happy New Year to you too ) thats great Id love to hear your obsure recipes they sound like fun
    Souk08 3 would be good I have about 33 so this challenge will last me a while i think
    MSD course it counts hun not all of my books are posh ones I also have a range of Delia, Mrs Beeton and various budget recipes I have saved and never used
    nearlyrich hiya I have never been into meal planning i must say i tend to default to chilli cos im hungry and need it NOW I doubt thats ever gonna really change for me but I am really keen to try some new ingredients maybe on a weekend. Chicken and leek pie sounds delish

    Hey glad im not alone in my desire to add some new spice to my diet The jamie pork and balsamic potatoes and red onion were gorgeous and I can highly recommend. Next one for me has to have some stuff in I have never used before or didnt think i liked........runs off to grab a book.

    Edited to say.....thriftlady cant wait to see the ones you are trying.....your everyday menu is more creative than my dinner party ones
    • Quasar
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    Goodness I really must try and use my collection more An idea I had was to cook from one book a week at a time (or longer). Thing is, I'm like Quasar, I don't follow the recipes and I don't want to be buying food especially for a recipe, I like cooking with what I have too, I think it is more economical. I do love reading recipes though. I think all the reading has helped me be better cook, the more recipes you read the more you realise that really they are all the same.

    A great idea for a challenge though Nelsk,i and I've been loving the Baileys btw
    Originally posted by thriftlady

    Ah but there's no law to say that we can't use a recipe as a basis and work around it according to our taste and means... Call it cheating maybe, but this is how fantastic new recipes are born. Here's hoping, anyway.
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 1st Jan 10, 3:59 PM
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    Ah but there's no law to say that we can't use a recipe as a basis and work around it according to our taste and means... Call it cheating maybe, but this is how fantastic new recipes are born. Here's hoping, anyway.
    Originally posted by Quasar
    I feel a new cookbook on the shelves soon.......The Sexy Italian Ladys Kitchen maybe........can i be your agent!!

    Thriftlady - Respect for that collection - I thought I was bad
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 1st Jan 10, 4:00 PM
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    Ah but there's no law to say that we can't use a recipe as a basis and work around it according to our taste and means... Call it cheating maybe, but this is how fantastic new recipes are born. Here's hoping, anyway.
    Originally posted by Quasar
    Absolutely
    • aplaceinthesun
    • By aplaceinthesun 1st Jan 10, 4:01 PM
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    Ooooo I think I will join in with this challenge too if thats OK. I have quite a few recipe books but got loads of cookery magazines recently on Freecycle so should be able to get some inspiration. I probably wont do anything too unusual but it would be nice to have some meals that make a change from my usual basics! Will have a search and come back and post what I intend to have a go at, hopefully using things I have in already as both the cupboards and fridge/freezer are pretty full at the moment.
    • gizmo111
    • By gizmo111 1st Jan 10, 4:02 PM
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    Ah but there's no law to say that we can't use a recipe as a basis and work around it according to our taste and means... Call it cheating maybe, but this is how fantastic new recipes are born. Here's hoping, anyway.
    Originally posted by Quasar
    I tend to do that - read something I like the sound of and then modify to whats in the cupboards. I also tends to do weird concotions from what I have left, which sometimes is great and other times absolute disaster!
    Mama read so much about the dangers of drinking alcohol and eating chocolate that she immediately gave up reading.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 1st Jan 10, 4:05 PM
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    I'm with you on this Nels (as always )

    and a monthly swap of recipe books would be fun too,
    I've lots of old ones cut from mags too, mainly Family Circle which I used to get regularly,

    and as we cook a meal to share every 2 weeks at least, maybe we should always make that a meal we haven't tried before then we can leave comments on how it tasted
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 1st Jan 10, 4:12 PM
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    I'll definitely join in this challenge! I'm looking for ways to broaden my culinary horizons a little, so I'm definitely going to take part. Thanks for posting this. I'm up for this, oh yes

    Kitchenbunny xx

    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 1st Jan 10, 4:13 PM
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    I'm with you on this Nels (as always )

    and a monthly swap of recipe books would be fun too,
    I've lots of old ones cut from mags too, mainly Family Circle which I used to get regularly,

    and as we cook a meal to share every 2 weeks at least, maybe we should always make that a meal we haven't tried before then we can leave comments on how it tasted
    Originally posted by Glad
    Fab idea course the one today was meant to be for you too but then you rudely go and get poorly:rolleyes: ............hope you are OK hun and have managed a bit more than the middle of a bit of toast

    So I got 2 new cook books for christmas James Martin and Marcus Wareing My One Perfect Ingredient

    So as I am off this week I am going to go for one from each .....Ill report back when I have decided what

    Have posted the challengers list so you are all committed now including you Quasar xx
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 1st Jan 10, 4:27 PM
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    Ok, my charity shop expeditions have yielded two further cookery books I had completely forgotten about and they sound interesting:

    The Joy of Cooking by Irma and Marion Rombauer. American tome of over 700 pages, lots of recipes for all sorts and also lots of sandwich variations.

    Radiation Cookery book (can't see the author's name). Relax, it's not THAT kind of radiation! It's a very old book with a ruined cover, printed in 1927 and was meant for the Regulo New World Cookers - the first gas cookers I guess? Inside I found also a couple of recipes cut from newspapers, and one has the date August 19, 1941. There's a recipe in the book for cooking a sheep's head, but I think I shall pass on that one . But the barley cream soup sound delish.
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    • focus888
    • By focus888 1st Jan 10, 4:47 PM
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    Great challenge, im not a good enough cook to create a new dish each week but im going to enjoy reading all yours posts and getting some ideas on new meals to have =D x
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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 1st Jan 10, 4:57 PM
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    I'm in The children have suggested some meals we haven't had for a while and I'm off to look in books for a brand new recipe

    So today I am starting as i mean to go on by cooking Jamies Roast Pork with balsamic baked roast potatoes and red onions. Not a massive stretch really but its a start for me
    Originally posted by Nelski
    You should know the rules by now recipe and/or linkie, please and don;t let it happen again

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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 1st Jan 10, 5:10 PM
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    I'm in The children have suggested some meals we haven't had for a while and I'm off to look in books for a brand new recipe



    You should know the rules by now recipe and/or linkie, please and don;t let it happen again

    Penny. x
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