With the rise of fast food restaurants, take away menus, and freezer dinners, many of us aren't cooking food like we used to, it may seem like we're in a bit of a food rut. Yet, with shows like Masterchef, and great cooking courses available in any city, suddenly it feels like we're all getting a bit more passionate with our food. If you're looking for a great way to invigorate your cooking style, one step at a time, why not take up the Dish a Day challenge?
It is just as it sounds, every day you learn a new dish to cook, and then you get to enjoy eating it afterwards. The best part of this is that you get to set all the parameters. Decide whether you want to go for a month, or a year, and each day you get to pick whether you'll be cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert. How you go about completing the Dish a Day challenge is completely up to you.
One of the best ways to succeed at the challenge, is to be prepared. Grab together all your favourite recipe books, or pick up some new ones as a bit of a treat, and go through highlighting all the recipes you've wanted to try, but never have. Of course you'll also want to do a bit of online research to see what gems can be found.
On top of selecting recipes, you want to make sure that cooking a dish a day isn't going to interfere too much with your life. You don't want to try and cook one of your more challenging recipes on a day when you're already busy and stressed out. This is where meal planners come in, like this one from kikki.K. At the start of the week work out which dish you'll cook on each day, and that way you know when you'll be cooking and what ingredients you'll need to buy.
Finally the most important thing to do, is to have fun with it. Make sure you're choosing meals that can easily become part of your repertoire, not ones that are only going to leave you stressed and frazzled. Eat the foods that you enjoy, don't make something just because it sounds fancy if you aren't going to enjoy eating it. Branch out and enjoy every meal of the day, this is how you'll get the most out of the challenge.
So are you prepared to sign up for the challenge? If you are, make sure you let us know in the comments how you go, and if you have any great recipes to share then let us know your favourite resources. Here is to eating good food, every day. To get started why not check out some of the recipes on Weekend Notes.