Recipes – I look at them every day without fail. Sometimes it’s just a glance and others can be a good read of a cookbook. Today it struck me that life is just like a recipe with ingredients and a method. In my 20’s and 30’s (I know that some of you may not believe that I’m older than 30 :P) I followed recipes, and life, to the letter with no substitutions allowed. If I didn’t have an ingredient I just didn’t make that meal, cake, decision or plan. Ingredients for my life back then were the husband, 2 1/2 kids, work hard, nice house and a dog. I resisted change and going off the plan.

Now in my 40’s I’m all about using better quality ingredients, substitutions and using a recipe as a guide.  You can substitute a leek with an onion. French butter does taste better. Cooking on the stove top works just as well as in the oven. It’s not the be all and end all if you change the recipe. Quite often you get the same and lots of times, better results. Work doesn’t have to be as hard because we’ve seen firsthand multiple times just how short life is. House may be messy but the pavlova doesn’t sink, the beef isn’t stewed – it still works out in the end. So my advice to anyone thinking that they don’t have the right ingredients is to just give it a go.  You might just end up with a fabulous product.

Anyhoo, I’ve been continuing on my way with both the Kitchen Mojo Challenge from Cooker and A Looker and my own #chomporchuck challenge. I didn’t get to do all the Mojo recipes. Certainly not as many as I’d hoped to from my own.

 

Challenge results

Crispy skin salmon with wasabi butter – Mojo

 

Halloumi Fritters – Mojo

 

Chicken and Camembert Pot Pies – Mojo

Macadamia crusted Barramundi – Mojo

Aldi frozen barramundi worked well

 

Lemon cheesecake mousse – $50 weekly shop cookbook

I’m off to a 3 day retreat today where  Nat Tucker from Make It Look Easy is going to audit my wardrobe which I have packed into bags and will try to fit into my car later this morning. I’m excited about having 2 1/2 days off work with just one more job in the van to go 🙂

Next week I’ll be working on my next cookbook for #chomporchuck Asia Express – Marion Grasby.  One trip to the Central Market at least will be required . I’ll also be picking my next 3 books for the challenge. Any suggestions? Any favourite cookbook author you’d like to see give a go?

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