Not that long ago, I complained to you that I was stuck in a food rut. Cooking had become a chore. Grocery shopping was even less fun. But as money grew tight – I had to come up with creative ways to make the paychecks stretch longer. And that meant cutting back on certain things like ordering in dinner or buying lunches.
Ten years ago, if you asked me to cook you something I would have laughed and said hell no. Now – cooking has become a passion. As long as I have the time to spend in the kitchen that is.
My fitness challenge has been slow going with little progress. I feel stronger each day with more exercise – but things are taking much longer than I wanted to. I realized that my diet was a problem and I needed to fix it – again.
So, I turned to youtube for inspiration. And I was reminded how much I really enjoy cooking and creating unique recipes.
Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be sharing with you some of my original recipes and happy accidents that I’ve had in the kitchen. I’d also like to share some tips and tricks of the trades I’ve learned from my favorite cooking channels.
So – to start, I’d like to share with you my top five channels that I turn to when feeling uninspired.
Gord Ramsey has 11.8 million subs and it’s easy to see why he’s so popular. When he’s not yelling and cussing out people on his reality shows – you can find him on youtube offering help cooking tips and advice. His passion for cooking and food in general really shines when he is in teacher mode. Ramsey also invites other chefs and celebrities to appear on his channel and they are super fun to watch.
Jamie Oliver’s channel has 4.58 million viewers and hosts over 1,400 cooking videos. The Jamie Oliver channel offers a wealth how-to videos and includes recipes from around the globe. Oliver also invites other chefs and youtubers to feature in his videos. What sold me on Jamie Oliver is his “How to” series for beginner chefs. I’ve learned so many tips and tricks from these videos. I also learned that Jamie loves his Olive Oil – and this has become a staple in my kitchen.
Food Wishes is a newer discovery for me. This channel is an ‘allrecipes’ production and boasts 3.15 million which is nothing to sneeze at these days. I’m also a member of All Recipes – it is one of my preferred websites for easy recipes.
What I like about Food Wishes is the playlists created by a chef known simply as “Chef John”. The channel has been going strong since 2007 and has earned over 600 million views!
If you’re looking for seasonal recipe ideas or holiday themed dinners – then you definitely want to check out Food Wishes.
Laura in the Kitchen
I have a soft spot for Laura in the Kitchen and have been a fan of her channel for a few years now. I don’t know if it’s her quirky personality, her accent – or humour. But I enjoy her videos and have tried several of her recipes. They always turn out delicious! with 3.51 million subs Laura has definitely made a name for herself on youtube – with over 540 million views!
Everyday Food with Sarah Carey
Everyday Food is a smaller and lesser known channel with 1.35 million subs. The channel was created in 2012 and has earned over 163 million views! Sarah Carey is the main chef and of this cooking channel. Carey is also a food editor on the Martha Stewart team so she knows her way around a kitchen. I definitely get kitchen envy when watching her videos.
I do believe it was one of Sarah’s videos that reminded me how to make the most delicious creamy cheese sauce.
I hope you enjoyed these suggestions. Who are your favorite chefs?
I have many more to share with you – but will save them for a future post. If you’re bored and stuck in a rut, check out my post here on Street Food for some amazing videos from Master Chefs in Japan.