Your creative cooking journey

by Andy Youings March 31, 2017

Your creative cooking journey

Whether you’re an amateur home cook or a professional chef with more experience, being organised with all of your meal plans, recipes and culinary inspiration can really help you to get creative in the kitchen. So, if you’re a real foodie, read on as we serve up some great ideas on how you can use your journal to create the perfect place for everything food related. From recipes and ingredient inspiration to must-visit events and festivals, your Say Nice Things journal is a willing and able aid for every kitchen.

From simple dishes and bakes to more technical recipes, there is so much out there to make, taste and enjoy. By using the sections of your journal to store your favourites, you’ll not only reduce clutter in the kitchen but also spend less time rifling through every recipe book you own looking for the one you want! You can choose to categorise these however you want; each journal section is intended to work however is best for you. Order by dish (starters, mains, desserts), main ingredient (meat, poultry, fish, salads) or even occasion – the important thing is to build an easy reference tool for your kitchen and your cooking. And having everything in one place means you’re more organised with more time for creating, right?

In addition to the brilliant, time-tested recipes you already use, you never stop learning and this means looking further afield. For the answers you can’t find in your own cookbooks, start to look further afield. Hunt them down online, borrow from friends and gorge on those weekend cookery shows. As you discover each new culinary trick, grab your journal and write them down so you know they’re not going anywhere. Hand writing your recipes also allows you to add notes on your own preferences such as adding more seasoning, cooking times and accessories for making the meal extra special. Professional or not, it’s a good idea to use a section of your journal for these handy cooking tips and can make a world of difference to how the finished piece turns out.

Finally, why not get the whole household or your friends involved too? Call it a family/friends Master Chef! Every one takes it in turns to attempt their best dish and get everyone to give feedback and a score. The winning chef can even win a prize!

Here’s some other food fun uses for your journal:

  • Quotes from your favourite cooking heros to keep you motivated on your culinary journey.
  • A bucket list of restaurants you’d love to visit (perfect for the next special occasion and another great source of inspiration).
  • A Top 20 of new ingredients you’d like to try. Visually listing them together will help decide how best to combine them in your next dish.
  • Use the calendar section to diarise food festivals and events you plan to visit.
  • Plan the perfect dinner party menu…and then invite your friends over for the real thing!

Make your journal your go to place for everything food and you will have great fun while working on your cooking skills.

Happy journaling.




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