As you probably know by now, I love to cook, the result of which, is I have a rather large collection of cookery books and no I haven't counted them, but to all those Marie Kondo fans out there, 'Yes they do bring me Joy!!' :D
There is a downside when you have a growing collection and, no it isn't running out of space to house them, not yet any way ;) The problem is, I have found myself cooking mainly from my newly acquired book/s until I discover my next find/s. I am finding myself with an amazing collection of cookery books, only to find that they get abandoned by the way side because of my latest acquisition and more importantly, the family are constantly be experimented on which doesn't always have a happy ending lol
Recently, I have come up with a plan and its been helping me mix up my cooking from books old and new.
It was really quite simple. I got myself a notebook. My choice was a Leuchtturm as I adore these for there quality, choice of colours and page types (I like the dotted type).
At the moment, I have split it into three sections just using some tabs.
And Vegetarian dishes (Not shown, as to be honest I haven't written that many ;)
I have made a note of the recipe, title of book and page number, it was as easy as that.
I am adding each recipe that I have tried and loved from cook books old and new whilst adding a section for recipes I would like to try. With these sections in place, I can now add recipes as and when I have cooked them and more importantly, the family have enjoyed eating.
|Recipes To Try/New|
This way when I am planning my meals for the week, I will browse through my recipe record and choose which ones I'll be cooking for any particular week.
I have found this method ensure meals are varied, easier to implement and my family aren't constantly being surprised at dinner time with a new recipe :D
You could take this further with lunches, puddings, breakfasts, but for us, the evening meal is the most important as its the time our family comes together each day.
The whole process of setting up my recipe record notebook has been a wonderful experience as I am rediscovering meals that we have enjoyed and loved from years ago. I will be continuing to add to it using my collection as well as adding from any new purchases.
I'd be interested to know if any of you have a method to ensure your cooking from old and new books.
Have a great weekend friends and see you next week.