Okay, with only 10 days left for the month, I need to get started on my delicious. Magazine Challenge. I’d insert a picture of the mag, but Master Sparrow chewed on the mouse & now the righthand button doesn’t work.
The concept behind my challenge is I was gifted a subscription to delicious. Magazine one year (Thanks Tomo!!) & too many issues were slipping by, with recipes going uncooked. What a waste. All that talent & inspiration being added to the stack of issues-past. So I made myself a rule that I need to cook 3 recipes from every issue. I haven’t always completed the challenge through laziness, holidays, and baby-related exhaustion. But now Master Sparrow is a little more independent, I think I can get back on the horse.
There are some associated guidelines for this challenge: They can’t all be desserts (for obvious, health-related reasons), and they can’t all be variations of my normal family-fare cooking. I can’t just cook chops & veggies with a teaspoon of salsa verde thrown on top. Once in a while, I also have to choose something really technically challenging.
So my anticipated snags in achieving this are time, energy, confined working space (dirty kitchen), and ingredients. Being 600+km from any reasonable town, the freshness & variety of ingredients is an issue. I have been known to buy Ras el Hanout while on holiday to Margaret River, just to make a Moroccan lamb dish. I will note substitutions, both successful & unsuccessful, in case you are suffering the same restrictions. The final road block on the highway to successful nomming: distraction. Have you heard of Pinterest? Yeah… ’nuff said.
This month, I’m boldly attempting four recipes! FOUR?! After such a long break and a seriously limited time frame, I must sound a bit mad. But as it’s MY challenge, I get to choose whatever recipes I like. This month, I have chosen some straight forward ones:
- Lemon Meringue Mess (pg 56)
- New Roast Chicken (Cover image & pg 74)
- Veggie Lasagne (pg 93)
- Pesci al Forno (Baked Fish) (pg 97)
I’ll start out by saying I rarely follow any recipe to the letter. For instance, I won’t be following the lemon curd recipe, because I think cornflour is an abomination in such things. Corn flour has a place in the world – just not in my curds or custards. Stop cheating & make it properly. I also will be leaving out the olives from the fish recipe because it’s one of the few things Tomo doesn’t like to eat. I might sub them for capers. Or not. I’ll figure it out when I go to cook it. I think I’ll just leave them out as the salsa verde (translation: Green sauce) should be tasty enough without it.
So… let’s get cracking!