Saturday, January 10, 2015

Make a Resolution for a Food Revolution



Happy New Year from Amy’s Food Revolution! 2015 is a big year for my Food Revolution because it marks the 5 year anniversary of when it all began. And, as some of you may know, it all started with a New Year’s Resolution. In fact, it is the only New Year’s Resolution that I have ever really kept. Most New Year’s resolutions are “lose something (weight),” “stop something (a bad habit),” “don’t do this” or “don’t do that.” On January 1st of 2010 I decided to make resolutions that had a positive spin on them. Each resolution had the word “more” in it and one of them was to “Cook more.” Now I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to accomplish this but I knew that if I was going to cook more I would need to learn how to cook. I could barely boil water for pasta (me and boiling pots still don’t really get along too well) so how was I going to learn how to cook? 

A few weeks later my husband and I watched the movie “Julie and Julia” and the movie stuck with me. I was sure that it was the key to how I would learn to cook. If you haven’t seen the movie, Julie Powell cooks her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The famous cookbook has a daunting 524 recipes and I knew my young family was not going to let me get away with copying Ms. Powell’s journey exactly as she did it. I needed to find another book. Now, this was months before Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution TV show in the US and honestly I didn’t know a whole lot about him. But one day at the book store, I came across Jamie’s Food Revolution Cookbook (while chasing a toddler who was gnawing on Max and Ruby books and running through the store.) And the rest is, as they say, history. I did cook more. In 365 days, I cooked all 173 recipes in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cook book. I not only cooked more but I:


My “Cook More” New Year’s Resolution has been a journey that outlived its New Year's Resolution status. 

So, if you’ll humor me, this year I’ll be revisiting my original days of Amy’s Food Revolution. I hope that going back and looking at my journey will inspire others to take a bold step into their kitchen. 

So, for 2015, I hope you will resolve to spend more time in your kitchen. "More" can simply mean to eat out a little less or cook a new recipe with your family just once a week. Who knows, you might find out that it is the easiest and best resolution you ever kept.

Happy New Year!

Amy

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Corn Chowder



Our last October Food Revolution Ambassador Challenge was to make Jamie’s Corn Chowder recipe. My family loved this one! Not only did they love eating it, my oldest also loved helping to make it. She pretty much made this on her own while I read the recipe to her. It is a great comfort food recipe that is quick enough for a busy week night. I also love that it uses 1% milk instead of heavy cream. So give this a try on a crisp, fall night. Add a green salad and some fresh bread and as Jamie says, “tuck in.” 

Jamie Oliver’s Corn Chowder

Serves 4

Ingredients


1 celery stalk
1 medium onion
1½ tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups 1% milk
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into little cubes
3 scallions
2 cups frozen corn 
¼ cup chopped fresh chives and/or parsley (optional)


METHOD


  • Pull the leaves from the celery stalks and set them aside. Chop your celery and onion.
  • Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add the celery (not the leaves), onion, and thyme. Stir until the vegetables start to brown.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir for a few more minutes. Pour in the milk, add the cut potatoes and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time so the soup doesn’t stick to the pot. Cook until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy – this will take around 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the celery leaves, trim the ends off the scallions and slice them thinly. When the potatoes are tender, stir in the corn, scallions and celery leaves. Bring the soup back to the boil, then serve.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throw Back Thursday!

October totally got away from me and that’s a shame because I loved October’s Monthly Challenges for the Food Revolution Ambassadors. Since I’ve run out of time I’ve decided to cheat a little bit and take advantage of the fact that today is Thursday. So, here’s a little Amy’s Food Revolution Throw Back Thursday to answer two of this month’s challenges.

1. Using leftovers! Make something awesome from what you have left in your fridge and or cupboards without heading to the shops. 

Answer: One of my favorite leftovers recipes is from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook. Here’s the post from when I made Leftover Curry Biriani during my food revolution.


2. Scare yourself this Halloween! Try out a recipe that has always scared you. 

Answer: This one is easy, before I started my Food Revolution I was scared to death to roast a chicken. 



Tune in tomorrow for the last challenge!