How I Will Become A Badass Cook In 2018

Saturday, 6 January 2018

I have a confession to make. 

In the past week I have watched Julie/Julia on Netflix almost everyday. Sometimes twice if there was nothing else I wanted to see. 

And I could still watch it ten times over again. 

It's one of those feel good movies, and how can you ever go wrong with the queen that is Meryl Streep? With the other main themes being two of my life loves (food and blogging) I find myself obsessed with this film. But the best part is that I am feeling so inspired. To eat, to cook, to blog, and to pick up more cook books. 

If you have never devoted two hours in your day to see the film, the gist of it is simple: Julie Powell decides to take Julia Child's most famous work and cook every recipe in a year and blog about it. In doing so she becomes a better person, and of course, she learns to master the art of French Cooking. We also follow Julia Child, the founder of modern-day cooking, through her days in Paris and how her cookbook masterpiece almost never was. Between her obsession with food and her adorable relationship with her husband Paul (played by Stanley Tucci) she may be my new favorite historical figure. 

Okay Steph, what does this have to do with the title of your post?

Of all the things I am obsessed with about this film, and there are many, it's about what happens when you make the time and energy to learn how to cook. And I mean cook like a goddess. Trying recipes that scare you or learning a new skill that the average cook won't know. I for one would love to master making my own hollandaise sauce that I can make on a Sunday over perfectly poached eggs. Or making Julia Child's famous Beef Bourguignon over a garlicky mash potato for when the in-laws visit. I want to be that mom that knows how to cook anything, the house always smells great around dinner time and all the neighbor kids want to come over for dinner. I don't even eat meat and yet I want to be able to cook it phenomenally well. 

My point is this: Julie and Julia have inspired me to be a better cook. 
Question is how will I go about doing it? That's easy, you take Julia Child's most famous piece of advice: "Learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun." 

I will aim to try a new recipe every week of the year. Through cook books, Pinterest, or other blogs.

I will pick recipes that scare me a little and teach me a new skill. 

I will go back to basics and learn the proper ways to cook and the science behind it. 

Cooking has always been a passion of mine for years and that's a good enough reason to learn as much as I can. 

Who's looking forward to lots of foodie posts in 2018?
Steph x. 


  1. I'm definitely trying to cook more this year too! I love these photos, looks delicious!
    Ellie | xx

  2. Sounds great! I'm hoping to do lots more foodie posts this year, too. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    1. You should! Foodie posts are so fun to put together, as well as read. Hopefully you'll get lots from me :)
      Steph x.

  3. I love baking so one of my goals this year is to bake 10 new recipes this year. Nothing specific since I have yet to venture into the complicated things. I just want to learn 10 new recipes to add to my arsenal of go-to sweet treats :)