... yesterday afternoon The Viking and I knocked on my dad's front door in Sonoma, California to surprise him for his 70th birthday... you should have seen his face... apparently he'd just been moaning to his wife that she hadn't been putting enough effort into organising his birthday party and then we turn up... it was genius!... his party isn't until the 4th but in the meantime we're in sunny California and being surrounded by sunshine, family and good food it's given me inspiration for this month's random recipes...
... i've asked my step-mum Jette if I could choose my random recipes from her cookbook collection this month and i'd like you all to do the same... no, not from her collection but from someone else's kitchen... you all must have a good friend or a neighbour, or even your parents or grandparents who must have the most interesting collection of books... and you can be as random about it as you like... perhaps ask them what their favourite book is, or get them to do the selection for you over the phone and read out the recipe... however you do it it should throw up some interesting recipes...
... Jette's current favourite book is the hefty How to Cook Everything Mark Bittmen, which is probably why they bought me a copy for Christmas and it's companion book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for The Viking... it is a bible of a book and literally has the answer to cooking anything that may be an enigma to you... with chapter that cover everything from soups to desserts and even has full menu's for major holiday celebration meals from Chinese New Year to a traditional Jewish Friday Night Dinner... I will never be lost again... it is very American which I find fascinating and even skim reading it today it's amazing to read the small differences in how to cook all kinds of things... and there on page 167 is a recipe for Croque Monsieur... you really couldn't get any more random!
so here's how to join in...
1 - decide who's kitchen you're going to turn to
2 - somehow randomly choose a book from their collection (I leave this to you...) and open it randomly
3 - make the recipe on the page you open - do not cheat, you're only cheating yourself!
4 - you may adapt the recipe for health/dietary/product availability purposes only
5 - post the recipe on your blog linking back to me and my blog
6 - include the random recipes badge in the post
7 - email me a link to your post to firstname.lastname@example.org
8 - challenge deadline is Jan 28th
9 - if you tweet your posts please mention @belleaukitchen, and use the hashtag #randomrecipes and I will retweet all those I see
10 - your post can be submitted to other blogging challenges, just make sure this complies with the rules of the other challenge.
... The Viking and I are off South to LA for a few days next week so look out for a few posts about the wonderful food and beautiful sunshine... oh and Happy New Year!
eat and of course, enjoy!