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The story of stonesoup
Hi there. My name is Jules Clancy. I love food. I love wine. And I’m the only person I know that is crazy enough to have degrees in both.
In 2005, I was working as a food scientist developing new products for a gobal cereal company when I discovered the world of food blogs. I’d always longed to write recipes for a living, however, it seemed like an impossible career to crack into. But anyone could start a blog... and so began stonesoup.
After a few months writing, I knew this was what I was meant to do. I invested in a digital camera and by trial and a lot of error began to take photos of my food. In January 2010, I took the next step on my blogging path and quit my day job to become a full-time blogger.
stonesoup is a blog that helps people become better home cooks by using a minimalist approach to cooking. It allows me to use my food science knowledge for good. I focus on reducing the number of ingredients, the amount of equipment, the number of steps involved, and the time we spend in the kitchen to a minimum so we can focus what’s important. It’s about simple, wholesome, delicious food that is easy to prepare and still fun and satisfying to eat.
Why the FREE e-cookbook? Over the past year I’ve been writing a series of recipes that have only 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to prepare. They’ve been published in a number of locations.
I thought it would be useful to have these recipes all together in the one handy ebook that you can keep on your laptop or computer at work as an at-your-fingertips reference for when you need inspiration for what to cook for dinner.
If you do find this recipe book useful, I’d really appreciate it if you shared the love and forwarded it to your family and friends. Or better yet - send them the link to stonesoup (www.thestonesoup.com) so they can download their own copy and discover the wonderful world of food blogging themselves.
Love Jules x
what is minimalist home cooking?
I could make some dodgy jokes about minimalist home cooking being eating out all the time, or what happens when you’re in a country stricken by famine – but I’ll spare you.
In the stonesoup kitchen, the focus is on recipes that meet most or all of the following criteria:
As much as I love spending a whole day in the kitchen, I’m always thinking about how I can do things more quickly and efficiently. This is where the 10 minutes comes in.
minimal number of steps
This is related to time but I wanted to spell it out separately. At stonesoup I’m always looking to minimalise the number of steps needed in a recipe. I strive to keep the instructions concise but easy to follow.
minimal number of ingredients
A long ingredient list can be daunting. This inspired me to create this series of recipes using 5 ingredients or less. There are no needless ingredients. Everything must perform a key function to get included.
I’ve never been a fan of single-use kitchen equipment and I know that like me, most people are cooking in pretty basic kitchens. While some of the recipes in this book may be quicker and easier to prepare with a food processor, that’s as fancy as it gets.
There’s a section on how to setup a minimalist kitchen later in this book.