Have you ever lost it?
I'm not to interested in cooking the last couple days. I have a kitchen full of food. Chicken,fish, ground pork lots of veggies frozen and fresh. Pantry is full. I just not feeling anything. Do any of you ever feel this way? I love food and cooking. Where do you all look for new ideas about food and cooking?
I'd suggest buying a book or taking class on some kind of cooking that you've never done at home: make your own sausage; prepare sushi; make dim sum dumplings from scratch; prepare a turducken (a turkey stuffed with duck and then a chicken); make a terrine (read Michael Ruhlman's description of that in "The Soul of a Chef"); bake bread; cook something su vide; make a souffle; prepare Singaporean chili crab in a wok; make kim chi; brew beer; make fresh pasta; make fresh ravioli; make yogurt; cook stir fry on a gas jet cooker from a turkey frying device in the backyard, using a large wok; look at Alton Brown's episode (the tuna episode) about making seared raw tuna with sesame seeds cooked over a jet-engine-like charcoal starter, which can be found on the Cooking Channel or Food Network or purchased from the FN store; make homemade ice cream; make cochino pibil and actually bury it in the back yard to cook it.
As you can see, these are all "projecty" things that are, I think, engaging, rather time consuming (some more than others), and difficult to halt halfway through the project. And no, I have not done many of them. Many are on my "to do" list, but they are for me, the sorts of things that inspire a renewed interest in cooking.
I hope that this helps.
It doesn't have to be a new idea. What's old can be new again.
I usually think hard, and try to think what I made 5 years ago, 10 years ago. I usually sort through my cookbooks and note cards. Something is always found, that I say..Why do we no longer make that???...sometimes we tweak the recipe and sometime just go with it.
Just last week, had the same issue on Tuesday. Came across a stuffed, rolled Flounder filet with shrimp, breadcrumbs, garlic and some herbs.
Went to the fishmonger , bought the Flounder, but replaced the shrimp with clams and Italian parsley, and some EVOO instead of butter that the recipe card called for. The taste was awesome....Hadn't made stuffed Flounder in probably 2 years..
That is just an example of how I get my cooking mojo back. Wednesday was simple, grille chicken parts, wild rice, etc, etc.
EDIT:you might want to ask someone outside of your home, what do they like that you make?...Make it for them, you get a real pleasure rush when they tell how good it was!
Thanks for the ideas. I have been the looking through old cook books and magazines today. I found a recipe I haven't made in so long. It was in an old Food and Wine magazine. Roasted tomato tart. I used to make it once a month during the summer of 03 /04. I'm making it tomorrow. Tonight is still a not a food night, so crackers and cheese and wine for me.
I have also looked through the WFD threads and that was also great for ideas. Oh I almost forgot I did make the Chow.com's grilled cheese with jam for lunch delish.