Cooking up a storm (with some help)

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Every chef needs a little inspiration from time to time and this home cook is no exception.
I like to describe myself as a ‘freestyle cook’, because my so-called cooking style is less about reading recipes and more “throw things in the pan and see how it turns out”. As you can imagine, baking terrifies me because you can’t just wing it and hope for the best.
While I love cooking, I often find I end up cooking similar meals every week. Typically I might make pasta, some type of meat with salad, a soup or curry, and something Mexican to indulge my love for all things cheese, avocado and salsa-based!
So every now and then I have to put my aversion to cookbooks aside and delve in for some culinary inspiration. Some of my favourite books to get quick and yummy meal ideas from are:
I am really loving Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver at the moment for some fresh food ideas. While the recipes do take me longer than 15 minutes to complete, the meals are all super yummy and different enough from what I normally cook to keep me (and my stomach) interested.
My favourite recipes in this book so far are:
  • Gorgeous Greek chicken with herby vegetable couscous and tzatiki, page 38
  • Chorizo carbonara with a Catalan market salad, page 178
  • Golden chicken with braised greens and potato gratin, page 48
  • I am also keen to try the veggie chilli (p224), the ricotta fritters (p232) and the camembert parcels with autumn salad and cranberry dip (p236).

But enough about me; what do you normally like cooking and what cookbooks can’t you put down?

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