You know when you have the realization that you were onto a really good idea like 8 years ago.
And then you lost your way?
OMG me too!
That’s exactly what’s been happening inside my head of late…
Almost 8 years ago I made a pledge to only cook recipes with 5-ingredients.
The only problem was I didn’t stick to it.
NOT because my cooking wasn’t delicious or satisfying with just 5-ingredients. If anything my simple meals were just as good, if not better.
As I shared a few years later, counting ingredients every time I went in the kitchen got a little tedious.
And it meant I couldn’t cook other peoples recipes because pretty much everyone who writes the type of recipes I like to cook use way more than 5 ingredients.
So I stopped paying attention to ingredient numbers when I was cooking, apart from when I was creating recipes for Stonesoup.
Not having an ingedient limit has meant I’ve let standards slip.
Which I haven’t felt right about for a while.
So I’ve decided to make a different pledge.
This time I’m committing to only WRITING recipes with 6-ingredients or less. Until the end of the year.
I like the 6-ingredients because that extra ingredient makes a difference from a creative perspective.
Yet it’s still really simple.
And I like giving myself a time frame to try it out.
I’m 99% confident that I can stick to this pledge. But it’s nice to have the idea of a review down the track.
So what do you think?
Do you like the idea of 6-ingredient meals?
Do you care about ingredient numbers? Are you interested to see if I can stick to it?
Is there another criteria you’d use to define simplicity?
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below…
Have fun in the kitchen!
ps. I’m planning to keep to my original definition where I don’t include salt, pepper, baking powder or oil in my ingredient count. Does that sound reasonable to you? OR am I cheating?