Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Food challenge 1: Kat vs How to Eat

Cook my way from front to back and blog about my experiences

Nigella’s first book and a veritable bible of cooking ‘How to Eat’ has been on my shelf begging for my attention for long enough. I have in fact read it cover to cover and have cooked a total of one menu from it (White Trash: Ham in Coca-cola and Cherry Pie). Very tasty it was too. It’s time to crack on. As you can see from the picture I have all the essentials in place to be able to nail the recipes in this book. The first section covers her idea of ‘basics’ of cooking, from roasting a chicken to soups, bread, cakes, sauces, dressings and more. Onwards to more complicated meals, for one and two and then on to weekend feasts for many and beautiful dinner dishes.

I must say the couple of liver recipes she has included have thrown me slightly. While I am a try anything once kind of a girl, I have already eaten liver and it’s not an experience I care to repeat. I am however borderline OCD when it comes to lists so we’ll see which side wins out when I get there. Perhaps a way around the suspect logic in my head is to cook it and find someone else to feed it to, thoughts?

I suspect Nigella would not wholeheartedly approve of my plan. She admonishes those who move slavishly from recipe to recipe, without revisiting them and learning to make them by feel. The way I see it Nigella, this way I can see what I like making and what I like eating and then refine what’s left. Besides, in case I hadn’t mentioned it, I LIKE LISTS!!!


Anonymous said...

Haha! When do you plan to start? I can't wait to see the first update - you must include all the mishaps!

Anonymous said...

If you've never watched 'Julia and Julie', you HAVE to! Good luck :)

Katastrophy said...

Next weekend with a trip to the butchers for a chicken, I'm confident I can manage to order a chicken and look like I know what I'm doing, we'll see :)

Katastrophy said...

I have, I loved it! I'm glad I don't have to make any beef jellies though, grim!