Cookbook confessional + a resolution

yogurt drop scones mamushkaHow many of you actually use your cookbooks? I don’t think I’m alone in having a cookbook buying addiction yet hardly using them once I’ve put them on the shelf, relying on Google for recipes instead. Or, if we’re being honest, just making it up as I go along.

I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions because they’re so hard to keep (especially the ones about giving up cake) but I quite like the one I’ve made this year – to use my cookbooks. I’m going to work my way along the shelves, one book per week and I’ll pick one recipe that takes my fancy from it.

I’m want to get lots more ideas from this way of cooking as well as picking up some new techniques, and the one recipe per week idea isn’t too much to fit into a busy schedule.


I started yesterday with Mamushka by Olia Hercules, a book I got just before Christmas. The yogurt drop scones were an absolutely perfect lazy bank holiday breakfast with some blueberry jam. I haven’t counted how many books I have but I get round again by the end of the year, I must make the courgette and potato stew or the garlic bread.

I’ll update as much as I can on Instagram, so do follow me over there. I am really hoping this is a resolution I can keep.

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