Those who know me well know that I have had little interest in cooking for pretty much all of my adult life.
I’m not sure if this stems from cookery lessons in middle school with a slightly impatient teacher who just assumed I had cooking experience as I was an eleven-year-old girl or whether I just didn’t understand why someone would want to slave over a hot stove for hours just to have the food eaten within minutes. So I carried on with my simple menu plans of pasta, jacket potatoes and pretty much anything you can shove in the oven.
Until early 2017 when my other half Daniel bought me a student cook book for Christmas, mainly as a joke, but I took that as a challenge!
And off I went! For a student cookbook, it had some really good, quick easy recipes and I went from a basic spaghetti bolognaise to chicken pesto pasta, shepherd’s pie, chilli con carne and spicy risotto. Daniel was my main guinea pig but I worked my way up to having my parents over for dinner one evening and then just before Christmas managed to feed five people all at once with no mishaps or post-dinner illnesses! (Well none I was aware of) Result!
Not that I didn’t have any cooking disasters! How was I supposed to know the difference between a bulb and a glove of garlic? Luckily Daniel did and intervened just in time! And I did manage to mix up a recipe by getting distracted halfway through and started following the recipe on the adjacent page and so ended up with a bolognaise risotto.
There was also a mishap with the sauce I needed to add to the moussaka and I managed to bugger up the dough for the chapattis, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. Well except the chapattis – they were resigned to the bin!
A year on I have now progressed to Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients, which I’m really enjoying and my ultimate goal for this year is to cook a roast dinner all by myself!
Oh and I also discovered I make a great lemon cheesecake!