Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Announcing "Recipes for the rest of us"

I find nothing more pleasurable than introducing newbies to the joy of cooking. Watching their faces light up after their first successful dish is indeed a great reward ! My series of One page cookbooks are solely devoted to getting newbies try their hand at cooking. It is with this mission in mind that I announce the first "Recipes for the rest of us " event. 

I seek your recipes whose simplicity and extreme ease would motivate a first time cook.

The guidelines :
1. Cook anything simple and post the recipe on your blog.
2. Multiple entries / archived entries welcome. However, do edit the archived post, include a link to this event and post fresh.
3. Include the logo in your post if you wish.
4. Please send an e-mail to siramki at gmail dot com with the following details on or before Jan 10, 2009.
*Subject Line: Recipes for the rest of us
* Blog author:
* Blog name:
* Dish Name:
* URL of the post:
* A JPG picture of the dish 
5. Non bloggers can just e-mail the recipe and the picture.
6. The roundup of would be posted in Jan 2nd week.

A few guidelines for your recipes :
1. Please avoid exact measurements. Would be nice to have very simple measurements like a handful or a pinch.
2. Please avoid complicated steps.
3. Please avoid recipes demanding a good deal of manual skill.
4. Please avoid recipes demanding fancy kitchen equipment.
5. In short, it should be something a ten year old kid should be able to cook up.

A recipe like Mythreyee's Kosambari would be a good fit. I look forward to your participation. Let's get more people share in the joy that we experience on a daily basis !

21 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this is somethng fun and nice. Will chip in...

Srivalli said...

Ramki...thats really a good one!..will surely try to participate..

Mythreyee said...

While I was reading the rules, I was thinking kosambari is the best entry for this event. I was surprised and happy to see that as an example. Thanks. I shall formally send the link with picture today.

Sunshinemom said...

I just wanted to see whether you are taking old posts! Thanks - will send you a bunch in that case!

And...I will bookmark this for the husband:)

Seena said...

Nice idea Ramki, will send some soon! :)

jayasree said...

Good idea for the event. Shall try to send in something.

Saroja said...

Great going..will post soon..

Preety said...

Great will send my entry soon

soma said...

A very nice event, which is definitely going to help a lot of people:-)

will definitley send something.
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Sangeeth said...

Hiya Ramki...I have sent my 1st entry....may be I'll try to pitch in more...this is fun!

Nags said...

have sent you my entry :) nice idea!

karuna said...

nice event. will surely send in something

Kitchen Flavours said...

i just sent you my entry. Check out.

Keerthana said...

Hi, that's a nice event. Will surely send in something soon!

Keerthana said...

Hi Ramki, Just wanted to check with you if you got my entry.

Sanghi said...

This is a lot of fun like teaching a small kid. first time here.. do visit my blog.. Will try to post some here..

Sanghi said...

Have sent some entries. check out!

Poonam said...

I have prepared this dip just your entry, Have a look!!!

ThreeTastes said...

Your one-page cookbook idea is brilliant. I too love watching new or reluctant cooks take to the kitchen. I have a great "recipe" I was just going to post and will get it up by the deadline. Happy New Year and thanks for hosting this ingenious event.
-manju

Rajani said...

i think its my first time here... pretty neat stuff you have here. love the one page cooking idea- easier to refer to!! i am always scribbling shorthand stuff right before cooking something different and then I cant understand what i wrote!!nice

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