On December 28, 2011 WordPress sent me an email telling me to kick off 2012 with project 365. “If you were going to blog about one thing for an entire year, what would you choose?” they asked me. Well, somehow they got my attention and made me want to participate. But what could I blog on for an entire year on a daily basis? That’s easy, I thought, eating is something I do every day and my boyfriend recently complained about all the dusty cookbooks and recipe snippets from magazines that – in his mind – clutter our kitchen. So here’s my project: recipes365 which will see me trying out a recipe a day from my cookbooks and magazine snippets.
Really? One recipe a day? A friend of mine told me that I’ll never be able to do it. Too time consuming, too much work, too much hassle. BUT I like a challenge! And I’m a lawyer, so I also like rules and regulations. I like them even more, when I’m the one laying them down. So here are the 5 rules for recipes365:
1. Definition of recipe
According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary a recipe is “a set of instructions telling you how to prepare and cook food, including a list of what food is needed for this”. I’ll use this definition in the broadest sense possible. If I own a recipe (see section 2) instructing me to put raspberries in an ice cube tray, fill it with champagne and freeze it this will count as a proper recipe!
2. Sources for recipes
I will use the following sources:
- Recipes from cookbooks and magazines I already own (buying new ones would cause a domestic dispute);
- recipes that are posted by others on the recipes365 blog;
- recipes I receive orally from food sellers (market stalls for example).
3. Rules on cooking
- It’s one recipe per day, with the exception of rain checks and wild cards (see section 5).
- Instructions may be tweaked a little, for example if something is not to my taste or if I cannot get all the ingredients required.
4. Blog posts
Blog posts will describe the recipe (but not necessarily list all ingredients and instructions), the source of the recipe, my motivation for choosing the recipe and comments on the preparations/cooking process and the result.
Blog posts will include photos of the result, even if it ends up being a disaster (I cringe at the thought of yeast dough).
5. Rain checks and wild cards
I have to be realistic and leave myself some options for very busy days and holidays when I simply won’t be able to do a blog post. I will therefore give myself 18 rain checks and 18 wild cards (equalling about 10% of 365 days). “Rain check” means I can postpone the blog post and do two or three recipes on another day instead. “Wild card” means I can post anything related to food without having to cook it myself.
Well, watch out for January 1st 2012!