We ran a survey recently, trying to find out how confident you lot are in the kitchen. It turns out, that while 72 per cent of respondents claimed to be confident in the kitchen, only 2 per cent said they don’t follow recipes.

For us, the essence of confidence in the kitchen is being able to knock up a dish from the contents of your fridge or cupboard without panicking that you either don’t have a recipe or the right ingredients.

Cooking without recipes means that you can use up any leftovers from the day before, or whatever else you have left in the cupboard or fridge and save both money and time.

All you need to do is think outside of the box, and have confidence! If you have some leftover meat from a roast dinner, for example, keep it and make a fried rice dish with it, or a pie, or a stew. If you have made those dishes before you will know roughly what you need, so have a play around and experiment!

Learning to cook without recipes also means that you can make the most of the freshest, seasonal produce by buying what looks good and making something out of it. We love to go to the local market and pick up some fresh ingredients to get creative with.

All you really need are the basic foundations, such as:

  • Cooking techniques – frying, steaming, stir-frying, roasting etc.
  • Flavour combinations – an awareness of what does go together – but don’t forget to experiment too!

But the most important ingredient really is confidence – don’t be afraid! If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world!

Our Cooking without recipes class is designed to give you the confidence to give it a go. Master basic cooking techniques, flavour combinations and then put it to good use by creating your own dish. Find out more here.