When I decided to write a cookbook, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’m not an author and I know anything about the writing process. Where do I start? What do I do? How do you begin to conceptualize a cookbook? Do I have any credibility? Does that even matter? Sure enough, it’s been coming to me!
After hours of coming up with categories and ideas, finding a purpose for the book and a necessity for it, while finding it within myself to fully embrace the challenge I created, I feel like I am on the right path. I know a lot of people probably thought it was just talk… that it was just an idea. That nothing would come from it. But, like I said, I have invested countless hours into this project so far. So much of it has been brainstorming and writing with so little of it being cooking up until now, that I’m excited for the transition. When I was away on vacation this past week, I spent hours sitting at my parent’s breakfast bar writing intros and category descriptions. Getting my ideas and philosophy on paper, even in a rudimentary form, has helped pave the way for continued exploration and adventure in the kitchen. It has helped legitimize my efforts, keep me focused, keep me hungry and most importantly it has made me want to see this out. Not to say I did it. But to pave a future for me that was previously unimagined. To know that in some way I made a difference in someone’s life by teaching them how to make something delicious or to help build their confidence in the kitchen.
Now it’s come down to the cooking. Sure I need to go back and redraft literally dozens of documents, but there is always time to do that. Just having a start is good enough at the time being. Right now I sit with almost a dozen recipes in the book over 5 categories. But there are many more to come. Many more nights blending spices and trying to innovate. Many more lunches at work telling myself I could have done better. So many opportunities to get it right on my day off. I’m excited for all of that. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this project. The challenges have been real and they have been fun.
At the end of the day isn’t that what we all want? Something real. Something challenging. Something grounding.
Stay hungry my friends
When I announced this project, I promised small sneak peaks of ideas and recipes that will be in this cookbook. So far in my prep work, I’ve game planned about 40 recipes over half a dozen categories. While the ideas I share may or may not make the cut, this one is a shoe in!
For anyone who knows me well, they know I have a Sunday tradition to celebrate the day when I have it off from work. Hit the gym, run my errands and pick up my supplies for this Sunday and brunch staple. The Mimosa! This drink is so easy to make, refreshing and incredibly customizable. Sometimes you have to keep it simple and stick to the classic, but I generally prefer a more bold approach. In my recipe you’ll see that I like to switch it up a little. While not revolutionary, this drink has stood the test of time for a reason.
The Mimosa- This brunch classic is everybody’s Sunday morning favorite. Here’s the original and a few modification to take it next level.
- ¾ cup champagne or sparkling wine
- ¼ cup orange juice
- Mix champagne or sparkling wine with orange juice.
- Serves 2
- Pro tip- take this classic to the extreme by switching out orange juice with something more explosive like orange-peach-mango or pineapple juice. Achieve a beautiful color with cherry grenadine syrup or get wild by floating an ounce of your favorite cranberry flavored energy drink on top… you know, the one that gives you wings! Lastly, a little bit of rum on top goes a long way.
Recently, yesterday or the day before i cant remember, I made an announcement that I’ll be starting a journey to write a cookbook. What better way to share updates then to start a blog and actually use it! Follow my journey on wordpress under the name mrvacc, and stay tuned for more updates about the book and the various things I involve myself in.
So far I’ve received tremendous support from people backing my idea and willing to help! Thank you all for the encouragment and wanting me to get this project off the ground and help me see it to fruition. As I continue writing and cooking, ill expose you all to sneak peaks of some of the recipes in the book in addition to the theme im going for.
As always, message me for any comments, questions or recipe contributions you want me to include, as well as getting involved in the process!