Given that 2017 has begun, it’s about time we all start our pathetic attempts at maintaining New Year’s Resolutions that were clearly meant to be broken. The #cook90 challenge appears to be just that.
The challenge is partially explained in the name alone: during the month of January, chefs and foodies alike undertake the endeavor to cook three meals a day, every day, for the entire month. Damn.
Pros say that the key to completing this challenge is planning—it’s not something that one should go into blind. That means creating careful grocery shopping lists, planning meals out ahead of time, and putting forethought into how you’re going to eat or transform those pesky leftovers.
Luckily, there’s room for a little bit of leeway; it allows for about three emergency meals that the chef can cash in for an order-in or a dinner-out during the month. Also, of course, if you’re invited to a dinner party or something of that nature wherein a friend is cooking for you, that counts!
Some are braver than others, though, as there are plenty of people embarking on the #cook90 challenge, and recording their journey so that others can look on and feel inspired (or envious and worthless).
Sound difficult? Yessiree. As a resident of New York City, you can bet your bottom dollar that the majority of my meals are not homemade. In the past year or so, I’ve made an effort to cook more dinners at home, but when it comes to lunch it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’m going to be buying it.
I myself am taking on a slightly less demanding iteration of the sentiment. Simply, I’m going to attempt to prepare and bring lunch to work two days a week for as long as I can keep it up. Anything more seems overly ambitious, and the last thing I want to do is set myself a lofty goal only to break it and beat myself up relentlessly for my failure.
So far, so good. This week, I prepared myself a delicious little sandwich: turkey, pesto, dijon mustard, sundried tomatoes, arugula, and brie on baguette! And for this week’s number two, I’ll be bringing in some leftover pasta with red sauce. Off to a good start, I’d say! We’ll see how long I can keep this one up.