random recipes

The Belleau Kitchen #randomrecipes challenge

... I'm sure, like me, you have hundreds of fabulous cook books at home... I get new ones for every birthday and Christmas... and since I started blogging they seem to come in more frequently than ever before... and I do LOVE to read them, flick through them for inspiration and go back to them when in need of a show-stopper dish... but I do tend to stick to what I know and I realised a year or so back that my limited repertoire was becoming a little too samey... so (and I'll finally get around to it...) the challenge is this:

1. take all your cook books off the shelf and shuffle them ( a friendly giant will help)

2. close your eyes and run your fingers down their spines and stop at a random book

3. now, close your eyes again and randomly open the chosen book at a page

4. cook this dish (if it's something you've cooked before then turn to the very next page and cook that dish)... and don't cheat... (do it with a friend in the room who will make you stick to it...) it's a challenge after all and you're only cheating yourself... this is specifically designed to take you out of your comfort zone...!

5. post it up on your blog, with a link to this page and then email me with a link at dominic(@)belleaukitchen.co.uk so I know you've joined in, you can also attach the badge to show people you're taking part. 

personally I think it's genius... but then I'm biased...

I will post a round-up of the entries at the end of every month...

the amazing round-up for October 2014 is here...
the new and current challenge for November 2014 can be read here...

... good luck and happy random recipe dipping...


  1. This seem like a fantastic idea, I too have a ton of books that I look at as soon as I get them and usually bake something out of them as soon as I can then a week or so later they make they way to the shelf to gather dust only to be bought out when I am lacking inspiration. This is a brilliant way to get the books out and dust them off. I shall definitely be giving this a go thanks for sharing this idea.

  2. I might give this a go too. Stops me sticking to the same old, same old!

  3. Perfect challenge! I just moved and whittled my cookbook library down to less than 6 cookbooks! :)

  4. Sounds like fun! Have you always fancied what you found though?

  5. Ooh this challenge could keep me going for ages - Great to have an excuse for all those cookbooks that I just couldn't throw away!

  6. Taking part for the first time this month :)


  7. Hi Can any one help? I have found a great site to buy fresh truffles and truffle oil http://trufflehunter.co.uk my question is, has anyone got any good recipes for Truffles, I am struggling to any good ones..Thanks

    1. Hey John, I haven't really cooked with truffles for years i'm afraid... if you want to send me some I could develop some recipes for your site?

  8. We have just moved into a bigger house and can now display ALL my cook books its great to see them all again and get that inspiration its like staring all over again.

  9. This is great! With the ease of the internet and the temptations of Pinterest, I rarely go to my cookbook collection for recipe inspiration. Do you host this challenge every month?

  10. This tutorial really helped me and I am pleased with your skills. I have also subscribed your blog. Now I am expecting more good tutorials from you. 


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