A world of new flavours, experimentation and culinary mishaps awaits you when you start your very own cooking group. All you need to do is get together a group of friends who are willing and able to have fun in the kitchen, try cooking with things such as pastry weights even if they've never heard of them before, and sample the results of everyone's efforts, no matter how dubious they may appear to be.
If you're lucky, your chosen dish will look like the one in the recipe book.
The Rules: 1. Everyone has to take it in turns to plan and prepare a feast for their fellow cookery companions. 2. Everyone in the group has to help in the kitchen and follow the dictates of the night's master chef. 3. The chosen dishes have to be first attempts – no practice runs. 4. If someone makes a complete shemozzle out of their turn, it better at least be entertaining.
Try cooking with ingredients you don't use every day.
The idea is to bring friends together for a fun night in, have a few drinks, create something as a group and try new things. It's a great excuse to get a bit adventurous in the kitchen - if you've always wanted to try your hand at making a soufflé, but never had a reason to do so, now's your chance. You may also be surprised at what others prepare, and find a new dish to try at home yourself.
You may end up facing something you didn't expect.
Of course, given that no-one is allowed to cook anything they've cooked before, there's bound to be a few meals that don't quite turn out right (especially if the wine meant for the coq au vin has ended up in everyone's glasses). Fear not, it only adds to the fun, and biting off more than you can chew still earns big points in this experience, even if the results are hard to swallow.