Before I cook a new dish, I often take to the web to search for existing recipes for inspiration. I rarely follow them to the letter – instead I combine elements of the ones I like to create my own tasty dish… Usually based on the ingredients I have (or excluding the expensive ones I don’t want to buy). Here’s five of my go-to websites for recipe ideas and inspiration:
I’ve blogged about Pinterest before. I pin all of my recipes on here and love searching for others. A simple search for a pie will land you in a beautiful mood-board of pie-inspiration, with visually impressive dishes covering off everything from a fruit-pie to a beef Wellington. You can do this with any food – and that’s the beauty of it. When you see a recipe you like, you can either click through to the site to view the recipe or, if there isn’t one, take to Google with your new found inspiration and find a recipe to fit what you want to make.
This website is full of recipes from well respected and celebrity chefs. If you have a specific ingredient in mind that you want to use in a dish, this site of for you. It shows you dishes to satisfy any taste and course within your dinner that include your ingredient- from quick bites to a full-on show-stopping meal for friends. If you do decide to make one of the recipes, they are generally very easy to follow and adapt.
For me, there’s something oh-so comforting about scrawling through the pages of this website. It’s filled to the brim with all the recipes you can think off, submitted by foodies all around the World. It’s a hub of food-spiration and the best thing about this site, is that the majority of dishes are easy for the average cook to make. I love attainable recipes, and I LOVE this website.
It’s no secret that I want to be Nigella when I grow up, and I would love My Food Challenge to be even an ounce as amazing as her website when it grows up too. If you want to indulge in a recipe as a sexy and voluptuous as Nigella herself, this site is for you. Cakes with lashes of chocolatey goodness, dishes with dollops of cream and home cooking ideas that will change the way you approach your breakfast/lunch/dinner, forever. It’s a beautiful site too.
My friend Emma is a HUGE fan of Foodgawker – so much infact, that it forms an integral part of her weekend routine. Saturday mornings are reserved for scrawling through Foodgawker’s pages of culinary inspiration, before setting to work cooking up a storm, based on some of the dishes she has found. It’s essentially Pinterest for food – people simply upload a visual representation of their recipe. I’ll admit, I don’t use this site as much as I should.
So, there’s my top 5 sites for recipe inspiration. What’s on your list?
Hayley Jayne xx