I forget who said it or where I read it but a guy was talking about the internet and how there's generally two types of users: people who contribute (add to the content) and people who consume (quietly, scoffing)(just kidding). I don't think there's a better or worse (we all have our roles and personalities) but we could all cool our jets about judging those who contribute, hey? I say this because I'm one of those people that posts photos of my food on Instagram. Hah - food on Instagram is this weird phenomenon and the brunt of many jokes/rants. It doesn't bother me (we all just post what we like!). I'm certain we'd like each other more without the internet. If I'm feeling insecure I just remind myself that I've tried to contribute in a personal way - good enough!
Cooking and baking is very apart of who I am (becoming) and something I love to do - it's a creative outlet every day - and sharing what I've done is part of the process. I'm trying to give these photos a little more purpose beyond my own so I've gathered up a bunch of what I've cooked lately. Also, I don't want to be a recipe hoarder. I have to fight it sometimes when I come across something really good - sigh - a number of those are below! Links to recipes will be below. Hopefully some of these will be enjoyed!
All taken with the iPhone.
Spiced Chickpea with Fresh Vegetable Salad--I just used a can of chickpeas and my best judgment for ingredients listed in grams.
Mushroom-Barley Soup--I made this last night. It was raining and HIT THE SPOT. I used white wine instead of sherry, was generous with lemon juice, and just kept tasting till it was right.
Baked Risotto with Chicken and Lemon--I made changes based on what I had. Used two chicken thighs, half an onion instead of green onions, rosemary sprigs instead of thyme, brown basmati instead of arborio. Rice was so flavourful.
Spinach and Feta Tart--man, this was good. Halved the chili flakes and it had the perfect bit of kick. I used a little food processor to grind up the oats/almonds.
Date Shake--I make this often. Don't skip the cinnamon! Or anything!
Raw Oatmeal--This is from my mother-in-law (who got it from her friend Gwen).
Molasses Cookies--used unsalted butter instead of shortening and a little less molasses because I had the cooking variety.
Broccoli and Pasta Soup--This is unassuming but was actually delicious. Some finicky steps but worth it. I always add more garlic. As always, taste and season or blande food you will have.
Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Tomato Sauce--Ahhhh! Gotta make this again. Put it on top of whatever you want (pasta, spaghetti squash, mashed potatoes).
Jess's Teddy's Apple Cake--I love apple cake. The end! I have two tips for cakes/muffins/stufflikethat: fluff up the flour before scooping and level with a knife. And don't overmix when you combine wet and dry - I use a spatula and fold till just combined. Or do what you want.
Autumn Green Salad--I know! Looks like a heavy pile of roughage. I used olive oil instead of sunflower and honey instead of maple syrup. Toast those sunflower seeds and you have a really good salad.
No Knead Bread--ughhh, so good. You won't believe you made it. My first try I had a very wet batter that I couldn't even pick up. So don't follow my "fluff and level" flour rule here. I used a soup pot with a cookie sheet on top.
Vegetable Eggs Benedict--All I have to say is I love my mini food processor. Thanks Mum!
Stuffed Shells--I've made this for everyone on earth - actually! Don't buy store bought sauce - make hers. It's super simple and use the lemon zest. I say this because lemon zest might seem weird but it adds so much.