Know the feeling of falling into an eating or recipe slump? Feel like you’re stuck in recipe quicksand (I got nothing – I’m trying to come up with an analogy here)? Nothing in the fridge is calling your name and you end up making a random, uninspired and lacklustre meal. You think “meh” as you ingest it. Often these slumps arise out of sheer boredom. I know all too well how it feels to continuously make the same recipes over and over because they taste good and they just work. But if you feel like the pleasure factor needs to be kicked up a notch, know that it’s crazy how just one tweak to an original recipe of yours can turn it around for the better. For example, sub a spice for another, switch a vegetable for a different one, try replacing your pasta with freekeh, etc. Plus, don’t we know the magic happens outside our comfort zone? So why not be a bit more of an Evil Knievel/daredevil in the kitchen 🙂 Maybe try:
- Making a recipe bucket list and making sure you try at least one new recipe per week.
- Taking a cooking class for new pointers and newfound inspiration.
- Experimenting with different types of cuisine i.e. African, Thai, Moroccan, etc.
- Experimenting with spices (bonus points and gold stars are given out here as many of them are loaded with antioxidants).
- Cooking with the intention of sharing. Personally, I find there is no greater joy than cooking up a delicious storm and sharing with loved ones, colleagues, neighbours, etc.
- Having people over. Eating is a social act and having people over can motivate you, plus it’s great for maintaining your friendships.
- Trying a lesser known fruit or vegetable you’ve never had before. For example: kumquats, pithaya, kiwi berries, fiddleheads, passion fruit, blood orange, starfruit, radicchio, okra, bok choy, celeriac, romanesco, Borlotti beans, parsnips, fennel, taro, purple potatoes, tomatillo, chayote, green tomatoes, litchi, artichokes, kohlrabi, dulse, and the list goes on.
- Scouting out a good cookbook. For example, trying to make more vegetarian meals? Try a “part-time vegetarian” cookbook. Want to improve your smoothie-making skills, find a “smoothie bible” at your local book store.
- Baking some home-made snacks, like granola bars or energy balls, to have as snacks throughout your week.
- Having a “raid the pantry night”. If you’re anything like me, you buy lots of food (stupid Costco! lol) and some of your supplies get pushed to the back of the pantry and forgotten about. All the good intentions in the world cannot prevent this. Get archeological and dig it out.
For instance, all I did was I swapped regular pasta for this retina-pleasing Italian bow pasta, coloured with turmeric, beet, spinach and squid ink powders. I couldn’t go to Italy so I brought Italy to me. The result? It tasted much better than my usual pasta (though it’s probably all in my head).
Happy reinventing yourselves in the kitchen 🙂