Sunday, September 2, 2012

Julie & Julia Self-Challenge

Well, memory lane is officially closed and I am back enjoying the present and looking forward to things in the future.

I have a confession to make – I am a flop in the kitchen.  I can’t cook.  I’ve tried, but I don’t enjoy it – especially when the results are less than edible.  (Not to mention the fact that I have LITERALLY almost burned down two places boiling water.)  However, I need to cut back on my expenses (I have been very fiscally irresponsible this year and am starting to pay the consequences) and I am trying to eat healthier.  So, I‘ve decided to try the cooking thing again.  (Please be prepared to send money as I may burn down the house.)  Stealing from the blog/book/movie Julie and Julia:

I am going to make every recipe in one of my vegan cookbooks.


Granted there are only a 125 recipes, to the 500-600 in Julie and Julia… and I am only committing myself to make at least one a week, not every day... but it's still a challenge, right?
To make it official, I bought a new apron in St. Augustine, yesterday:
I am going to go in order of recipes rather than find some other reasonable order.  I know myself – if it gets too complicated, I’ll quit.

Lucky me, the first recipe is for hummus with roasted red peppers.   Hummus is one of the few things that I am able to make.  However, for this exercise, I followed the recipe in the book.  I even roasted my own peppers, which I've never done before... here's the garlic, black pepper and olive oil mixture for the roasting of the red peppers:
Peppers roasted and ingredients ready to be mixed:
The finished product: 
If I do say so myself, this is the BEST hummus I've ever tasted!  (I may be biased.) The challenge has started on the right foot.  The next recipe is Versatile Peanut Dip.


  1. You can do it! How about if you share your homecooking strategy with a friend, like: you cook for them one week (and share the recipe), and they cook for you the following week. Happy cooking! :)

    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to see if anyone is brave enough. I am notoriously bad cook.

  2. good luck with your project ... sounds very good and the cookbook looks interesting :)