Internet Recipe Inspiration

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Lets face it, there is no end to the inspiring foods we can find on the internet.
But that’s the problem, isn’t it? There’s just too many foods and recipes on the internet!
And that’s why I decided to do this double post on inspiration. Post one is the TV Food Show Inspiration post, and this Internet Recipe inspiration is the second post.
So, what I’m going to do, is follow on from the TV show inspiration post. I’m going to assume that you’ve read it and have followed the exercises in it (don’t worry, there are only two questions to make you think a little about what you want so you can narrow things down). And I’m going to share with you some links to pages around the internet that might be the inspiration you’re after, seeing as you’ve made a list of the things you want to know in the kitchen.
I have collected the following links over the past few weeks, and some of them even before that.
Some I’ve used myself and others I’ve shared on the blog before. For a list of my favourite foodie websites as well as a few of my non-foodie websites check out the Favourite Websites and Blogs page.
As you look at these pages, think about whether this is something that you need to know, that you might like to know, whether its something you’d like to do for practise or if its got a technique you’d like to try.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep a list or collection of the great internet recipes you find. I can highly recommend using Microsoft’s OneNote as it works like a digital notebook. I use this to keep track of recipes, and it gives you the links back to the websites you found the recipe on so you can visit the site again for other great recipes. It also helps with menu planning so that you can always find the recipe when it comes to cooking dinner off the menu plan.

My OneNote recipe collection
Here goes (jump in and try one. I did!):

Healthy food recipes:
  • Chopped Quinoa salad with cranberries – this one is simple to make and looks delicious. Great for summer as a lunch or side salad with dinner.
  • Sweet potato brownies – if you want to make them a little sweeter add extra maple syrup, use more dates or use drinking chocolate instead of cacao powder. Its up to you if you’re going to add the extra sugar or not, but otherwise these look great.
  • Crispy salmon and zucchini salad – this is a lovely meal, simple and easy to make. Its a great weeknight meal. Don’t make the sauce last (as per the instructions), make it first then focus on everything else, otherwise you’ll have cold fish.
This was my attempt at the crispy salmon and zucchini salad. The sauce was really nice.

Desserts and sweet recipes:
  • 31 Fun Treats to Make in a Muffin Tin – how cool are these ideas? I want to make everything in my muffin tray now, but I really want to try the frozen berry cups.
  • Almond meal recipes from SBS TV shows – for those times when you don’t want lots of refined flour but still crave something sweet. There are so many nice options on this list. I’ve only made one so far (see below orange and almond cake).
  • Banana and oat blender pancakes – I really love this recipe and I use it all the time. In fact I’ve switched from having flour pancakes to these oat pancakes. They are easy to make in the blender, but you need to cook them for longer than regular pancakes, and at a lower heat – the honey in them burns fast if the heat is too high. I love them with nutella, orange segments and walnuts. Have a couple for breakfast or make a single one for dessert. You really need to try this recipe!
Banana oat blender pancakes with nutella, orange segments and walnuts. 

Cooking techniques:
  • Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live – here are 18 videos on how to do some of the basic techniques like chop an onion or make mayonnaise. Definitely check out the video on how to part a chicken (this one will be handy when you are on a budget!).
  • BonAppetit have a list of 20 cooking skills you should know. These require more work than the Gordon Ramsay videos above, but also include recipes to try your new skills. It includes things like making an aioli, frying an egg, blanching food, roasting a chicken and making stock among other things.
  • BBC have a fantastic webpage on techniques that include videos as well. Its a must see as it breaks the techniques down into category (meat, baking, sauces, etc) as well as having a guide to how complicated the techniques are – one fry pan for easy, two for medium and three for hard. Choose your level of skill or start from the beginning! Its brilliant!
Simple recipes:
  • Orange and almond cake – the simplest cake I’ve ever made, but allow yourself about 4 hours as you need to boil the oranges for 2 hours first. 

I was practising my presentation skills, so ignore the fancy topping,
because it is really the easiest cake to make. I mixed it in the food processor before pouring it into the pan to bake. 
  • French toast – French toast is an easy weekend breakfast, especially if you want to do something a little bit fancy. If you serve your French toast with some sliced strawberries and bananas you can make it all the more decadent, but without the calories. Yum!

Hopefully you’ve been able to find some inspiration from these recipes and links. I know I have and I’ve included the pictures where I’ve made something to motivate and inspire you too. If you have any other recipes and great links please share it in the comments.

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