I used to consider myself a baker but now I absolutely love cooking and trying savory recipes. I tend to stick with dishes that are quick and easy (i.e eggs, a pre-made salad, anything microwavable). However, now that I have a slow-cooker I've been wanting to try new recipes. I love the idea of having food cooking away while you're at work, and coming home to a prepared dish. Talk about easy. People have been raving about the Instant Pot but I learned that slow cooking intensifies flavors. The Instant Pot also intimidates me. Why are there so many buttons? Ah.
One of my goals for 2018 is to use more of my cookbooks (I only own 3 lol). It's easy to store them away and say "One day." Well, why not now? This week I made a Brown Rice Pesto Pasta from Deliciously Ella and last week, an Apple and Berry Crumble from Slow Cooker. The pasta came together really well but I think it needed a sprinkle of cheese, and the crumble was breathtaking. It's one of the best desserts I made.
A long-term goal of mine is to have a well-rounded collection of books. In the past, I said I'd no longer purchase books because you can read them for free. But when it comes to cooking, there's no bigger pain that getting your laptop or phone covered in flour. It also feels nice to read through the introduction, get a feel for the author's cooking style, and hold a physical book in your hands. I also think it's wise to have a collection of books so you're inspired to put down your phone one and a while. Books = knowledge!