The Plan…

I have always enjoyed cooking but have to admit that I have often taken short cuts or got stuck in a rut of cooking the same thing over and over just because it’s easy.  That’s part of the reason I decided to create this blog.  I want to gain more cookery skills and knowledge but I know myself too well and without a solid reason to change I will quickly slip back to my old ways of opening jars of premade sauces and buying ready meals.  So I hit on the idea of tying this in with the Olympics, not because I’m patriotic but because it gives me a deadline and a bit of a challenge.

I started this blog with 572 days until the beginning of the 2012 games in London.  There are currently 205 countries that will be taking part and I am going to cook a meal from each of those countries.  It means that I will be cooking one meal every 2.79 days.

Similar to many cooks of my age I have been influenced by food writers that themselves were influenced by Elizabeth David and the influx of Italian and French recipes that became fashionable from the 1950’s until the present day.  I love cooking French and Italian dishes but it has left me in a bit of a creative rut when it comes to creating new dishes.  I am hoping that this challenge and this blog will lead me to discover a whole new world of culinary wonders and will develop my gastronomic imagination.

To my readers I promise to post new blogs at least once a week and each will be accompanied by a picture of the finished product.  I will also apologise now my lack of photographic skills, but I am working on that and hope that you will stick with me.  Please also feel free to comment on any of the recipes and make suggestions on how I can improve the photos.

The clock is ticking, the games are getting closer, so I’d better get cooking.  Hope you enjoy the blog as much as I am going to enjoy writing it and eating the food.