And no, the challenge is not to not buy any more, but it is to make more of the ones I’ve got. And probably I should add to it not get any more but that’s not the main purpose!
I do have a lot of cookbooks, and that’s after a major clear out. It’s not deliberate, but I still have over 50 books on the shelves. So my plan is to cook a recipe from one each week. My only rules for myself are that it can’t be something that I’ve cooked before, as for a big chunk of the books on the shelves then I have cooked something from them. I just don’t think I’ve done enough.
And yes, there are still a few on there that I’ve not cooked from at all. There’s plenty of variety up on these shelves, including Christmas and Halloween ones, so should be able to cover any eventuality.
I’m starting this week with The Trifle Bowl and Other Tales by Lindsay Bareham. I really like Lindsay’s writing style, and the idea behind this book of all the different cooking pots and utensils. I’ve made the classic fish pie with parsley sauce and I think that’s it. I’m going to make the Sri Lankan Ginger & Lime Chicken Curry, as MGG has also challenged me to come up with the best chicken curry that she will love. Which means flavour not spice.
I’m quite looking forward to it, if only because it will mean getting books back down the shelf and having a read of them to find a recipe to try. And I’m looking forward to trying some new stuff, and challenging myself should be fun. Maybe I’ll end up with a new favourite cookbook, or maybe I’ll end up with some empty space on the shelves.
Where should I go after The Trifle Bowl? Open to suggestions!