Thanks for wanting to know more about Dinner Desperado, a blog dedicated to making cooking for one easy.
Despite loving entertaining and being the go-to person amongst friends and family for cooking tips, 99% of the time I cook dinner for one and have done so for nearly two decades.
Over that time I'm developed a method to 'downsize' my favourite recipes (I have a massive sweet tooth so that includes puddings!) and wealth of hacks to enable me to consistently cook quick, easy and healthy dinners for one.
However, it's not easy! And that's why my blog is called Dinner Desperado - as all too often, come dinner time, that's what I am! A desperate person opening and re-opening the fridge, wishing, that like rabbits out of a hat at a magic show, dinner would just 'appear'!
So this blog aims to help you no matter what your situation - whether you are looking at help getting organised with menu planning (I can be good at that, just not consistently!) dedicated to one person, or tips on how to create 'something out of nothing' for those nights when you need to eat, but have no idea what to cook!
As to me, my name is Kelly and I'm a Western Australian who transplanted 'temporarily' to Sydney over 15 years ago...
I don't have any formal cooking skills, but I do have a ton of experience planning, shopping and cooking for one, as most of that time I've lived by myself.
I did once do a 'chalet girl cooking course'. One of the crazy jobs I had during my 'backpacker years' travelling in Europe (A rite of passage for a lot of Australians) was as a 'chalet girl' in the French Alps. This meant cooking breakfast, morning tea and a 3 course dinner for 12 people 6 nights a week. (Still absolutely no idea how I did it)
More about me can be found at the end of this page and also on the Kitchen Insider page which includes my favourite recipes, how I manage cooking for one etc.
But first about the blog - why I started it, who it's for and how I hope it becomes a place people cooking for one can go to to solve problems and find inspiration to consistently cook delicious, nutritious dinners for one.
I see many recipe round ups supposedly for 'one person' only to find they are full of recipes 'for one OR two' - but from skill set to mind set, there is a dramatic difference in cooking for one vs two people.
Cooking for one not only requires a different set of shopping and menu planning skills, it requires a different type of motivation. Cooking for one means there is no one to look sideways if you classify wine and icecream as dinner (all truths coming out here!), or skip dinner for the 3rd night in a row. There's no one to say 'if you cook, I'll wash up'.
For your wellbeing, for your waistline and for your budget. The purpose of this blog is to make cooking for one easier by:
Cooking would be so much easier if all the ingredients appeared chopped and ready, like they are in cooking programs or Tasty Videos.
It would be even better if everyone had their dream kitchen, top end appliances and an unlimited food budget.
But so often it's not like that!
Cooking for one in particular, you often start with leftovers, half the carrot from yesterday or a tin of tomatoes that needs to be used up.
So I try and share 'real life' photos so that help you see the bits and pieces in your fridge and pantry in a new light and you can relate to the ingredients for different meals.
Just because you are not cooking for a family doesn't mean you should miss out on pie and dessert!
From moving out of home for the first time, to moving into a retirement Villa; from being the partner of a FIFO worker or a parent whose kids don't always live with you to those of us who live alone - this community is for anyone who has to cook dinner for one.
Why I started this blog
The reason for starting this blog is that I know quite a few people who really struggle to cook 'just for themselves'.
There's a long list of reasons, including, a feeling that it's not worth it, they're used to cooking for a family, don't really know how to cook, find it hard to be organised, can't find recipes that cater to one person etc.
This really concerns me, as I firmly believe a good diet is the basis for good health - so I want to use my experience to share ideas on how to eat well without too much effort or expense when it is 'just you.' But I also fall into those same traps, so it's as much about keeping myself on track as it is sharing. Kelly
More about me