Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Of Cookbooks and Good Meals...

For a long time now I have had a love affair with cookbooks. And with cooking. And baking for that matter.
I am one of those people who actually reads cookbooks. I can read a recipe and I know how it will taste and if we'll enjoy it. I also know when I read it how I can alter it if I don't have all the ingredients.
But it's more than that. Many cookbooks transport me to a different world, a different culture - like this one I just checked out at our library. The recipes are as intriguing as the photos are beautiful!
Some people cook only to feed themselves and their families and many people I know don't cook for themselves at all when they are on their own. I do. I get the same pleasure from cooking these meals as I do from eating them.
This meal of wheat berries with swiss chard (the yummy caramelization is from added pomegranate molasses) and little turkey burgers (with grated zucchini, mint, cilantro and other spices) was easy and fun to make and delicious to eat - with plenty of leftovers!
I cook to feed my soul as much as our bellies. And I cook because it's another creative outlet for me, one that engages all of my senses.
But don't get me wrong. It's not just about the cooking - I LOVE to eat, to try new tastes and old favorites, fancy meals as well as comfort food.

This cookbook is a keeper - that's for sure!

I with you a beautiful day filled with food that nourishes your body as well as your soul!



  1. Liebe Silke,

    ich finde Kochbücher auch faszinierend und lese gern darin. Nicht alles trifft meinen Kochgeschmack, aber das Kennenlernen ist schon toll. Zu Weihnachten habe ich eins geschenkt bekommen, das neben Rezepten auch Geschichten aus meiner Gegend erzählt. Das ist eine prima Kombination.

    Fröhliche Grüße


  2. My mother was a gourmet cook and having grown up with it, I too loved the idea of cooking as an art. Experimenting, altering, giving it your own taste ... or sometimes we didn't change anything because we liked it the way it was. The new challenge is to learn to cook healthy as the definition of healthy foods in America has changed dramatically over the years. I sometimes feel like I am starting from scratch ... but that's okay, because I love a challenge. I can tell by reading your post that I would love to sit down at your dinner table ... Bon Appetite

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  3. It also looks as if you are very talented at doing this! Lovely shots and makes me want to come to your house to eat!

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  6. Liebe Silke,

    Kochbücher sind immer gut.

    Alles Liebe

  7. Oh oh Silke, you made me so hungry. Sadly I am not like you. Don't get me wrong, I love to eat and I also love to try different foods from different countries, but cooking them is another story all together. Being single I don't do much cooking. When I had a family at home it was different. That probably explains why I don't eat right and should follow your example and do better.

    Happy Cooking.....

  8. Yep!...Cooking has been an outlet for me too. To share and enjoy LOVE! ^_^ Whatever that is...it looks delicious!!!

  9. It all looks and sounds delicious! I like cooking for guests, and/or when RJ is here, we love being in the kitchen together and preparing the meals together which we then enjoy together. But I can't be bothered to do much cooking when I am on my own, I am quite lazy in that respect.

  10. Ohh this Looks so delicious.

  11. Very beautiful and yummy. I am duly impressed. I wish you would invite me for dinner :-)