My name is Danielle and I am addicted to collecting recipes.
To paint you a picture:
- I have an Ikea 4 Cube shelving unit that has nearly 60 cookbooks in it as well as others that don’t fit in (only my favourites make it). Many of these I have never any made a recipe out of.
- I collected every magazine in a cake decorating collection that ended up being 195 magazines across 13 folders
- I subscribe to Super Food Ideas magazine and always pick up the free recipe magazines at the supermarket. I go through these and tear out any of the recipes I like and may want to make.
- I have three different folders where I stick recipes I have tried and given the tick of approval, and two books where I write other recipes
- I still pick up recipe books to look at every time I go to a bookstore (I don’t buy them anymore – no room on the shelf)
However I realised just how bad my addiction is recently. I have moved house twice in the last year. I have a box where I keep recipes I have kept from the magazines but not tried yet. When cleaning out some other boxes from the move last weekend I found another two boxes that had recipes in them. After combining them my box is now overflowing with recipes that I need to try. I don’t know that I will ever get through all of these but I just can’t throw them out until I try them.
I wonder if there is a recipe rehab I can go to somewhere?
One thing I love about my boys doing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at school is that they try foods that they wouldn’t try at home as everyone around them is eating it.
However at home the variety in our dinners is definitely lacking due to a combination of longer working days, being the only cook in the house and most importantly wanting to avoid the “eat your dinner fight”. You know the one I mean…..where the kids tell you it is disgusting before the plate even hits the table and certainly before any of it touches their mouth.
So I have made a vow (which is now in writing thanks to this blog) that I will start introducing new foods and recipes into our diet. The boys are aware that they must at least try each food. To add complexity to my pledge I am vegetarian and my boys are not, and in general I have found that anything new I try is liked by one boy and hated by the other.
This week I have been on holidays which allows me a little more time to experiment. Here are the new recipes and the results for this week:
- Crumble Topped Blueberry and Almond Slice – liked by eldest and not the youngest.
- Tuna Croquettes – thumbs up from both
- Haloumi and Zucchini Fritters – thumbs up from both
Plus my eldest told me he now likes cucumber. I am marking this week down as a big win and am adding two of these recipes to the repertoire.
I will keep you informed of my progress with adding variety to the weekly meals and avoiding the food fight each night.