Let me start off with an obvious confession… I am not a good cook.
I am really not that creative in the kitchen and I don’t know how to cook Greek food. I guess it is because I was spoilt as a child. I grew up with amazing home cooked Greek food all around me. Visits to Yiayia’s house made us fat little children and there was always plenty of left overs to take home for the rest of the week/month. My mum and my aunties are all amazing cooks and I spent most of my childhood days sitting at the table eating rather than standing in the kitchen cooking.
I think that I’m smart enough to do it… I mean, I have a degree, I run my own business and I write this blog… surely I can follow a few simple instructions in a recipe book to cook a meal. How hard can it really be??
In my opinion, I think that there are 2 reasons why I can’t cook:
1. I don’t have all the “good” recipes:
This is mainly because all the good old-fashioned traditional recipes are not written down in recipe books – the Yiayia’s out there seem to just add a pinch of this and a spoonful of that, when nobody is looking. There seems to be so many unwritten Greek cooking secrets that I still need to discover.
2. I don’t practise cooking enough:
I work full-time, I study and I have lots of ‘stuff’ going on in my life. Spending 8 hours a day in the kitchen is not really something that I have time for. Let’s face it, all the Good Greek Recipes take lots of time to prepare. Life is different these days. We are busier. It’s not like it used to be when our Yiayias were learning how to cook.
If I plan to be a “Good Greek Cook” then, all I need to do is solve these two problems. Firstly, I need to find some good recipes and secondly I need to practise cooking. Sounds easy right? Well, I hope so. Here is my plan…
The Greek Cooking Challenge
I want to be a Good Greek Cook! I know it’s going to take some time and a lot of practice, but I know that I can do it. I just need to challenge myself. I need a specific training plan and a focus. I am going to train my cooking skills, just like I train at the gym. The more I train, the stronger I become. The more I cook, the better my food will taste!
So, here is the plan:
- Each month I will choose one new Greek Dish to research, cook and master.
- Recipes that I find will be shared here on the blog. They will not be “my” recipes, rather a collection from the best cooks I can find including: cooking websites and blogs, Greek recipe books, the women in my family, the ladies from the Greek Community and of course, YOU my readers from around the world.
- I will ask you to help me by sharing tips and tricks on how to cook Greek food. What is the ‘best’ way to create each dish. What are the do’s and don’ts. What are your secrets?
- I will post my cooking photos on instagram, on twitter and on facebook with the hashtag #GreekCookingChallenge and I encourage you to post your photos too.
- Join me and commit to the #GreekCookingChallenge in 2014!
If we can learn one new Greek recipe each month then we will know how to make at least 12 Greek dishes before the end of the year. Becoming a master Greek Cook (like our Yiaya’s) will certainly take a lot of practice. I don’t intend to be the perfect Greek Cook after just one year, but I think that this is a great start 🙂
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Don’t forget to use the hash tag #GreekCookingChallenge on your pictures! The first Greek dish for the #GreekCookingChallenge 2014 is Vasilopita – the New Years Cake!
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