Design Your Own Individualised Cooking Calendar with ifolor
Great Recipes and Photos for the Whole Year
As an individualised gift idea for friends and family or for your own home - “feast” your eyes on an especially eye-catching cooking calendar that you can easily create yourself to accompany you throughout the year. For this idea you’ll only need 12 of your most favourite recipes, a camera, and a Photo calendar from ifolor. The Wall calendar is particularly suitable as the calendar pages offer plenty of space for your photos, ingredients lists, and cooking instructions.
A Cooking Calendar - 12 Recipes for the Year
Design your calendar according to seasonal availability of the ingredients. You can also find suggestions online, such as at www.saison.ch (website available in German, French, and Italian), or make use of our recipe suggestions for the year at the end of this article.
In order to make picking out recipes easier, you could also come up with a theme for your cooking calendar. You could, for instance, collect old family recipes and bring them back to life by using your own photos. Do you prefer exotic dishes? You could create a cooking calendar that features dishes from all over the world. If you like to travel, you can also design your cooking calendar as a culinary journey through the year or collect recipes matching your favorite travel destination. If you are a fan of desserts and sweets, you can also dedicate your calendar to your favorite desserts.
Selecting Photos for the Recipe Calendar
Food photography is an art in itself. Mix things up a bit when photographing the dishes by taking close-up photos as well as large-scale pictures. This will give your calendar more variety and a better overall composition. Make use of the colour contrasts of the ingredients. You could also, for instance, spray the ingredients with water to make them appear extra fresh. In addition to using a photo of the finished dish as well as the ingredients You can take pictures of the ingredients in detail and record individual intermediate steps. The lovely decorated table and the whole family eating together also make great motifs for your personalised cooking calendar.
By the way, who says that you should only photograph the dishes in the kitchen or on the dinner table? Why not take the dish outside and make use of the natural lighting? You can find additional tips and to arrange and photograph your food in our food photography guide.
Designing Your Personalised Cooking Calendar
You can create your cooking calendar using any one of the photo calendars available from ifolor. Large-format wall calendars are most suitable, however, since these have more space for adding photos. Alternatively, you could go with a long and narrow kitchen calendar to save some space in the kitchen.
You can use up to 145 photos when designing your calendar. Depending on the design template being used, you’ll need at least 1-2 photos as well as a short summary of the recipe per page; if using a font size of 12, the recipe shouldn’t be any longer than 300 characters. Alternatively, you could just name the ingredients necessary for creating the dish. And don’t forget to add the recipe name as the heading.
Besides designing the 12 monthly pages, you’ll also need at least one photo to use for the cover. In order to give them a small taste of all the culinary delights to come over the course of the year, you could design a small collage of the pictures that you used for each individual month.
A cooking calendar also makes a brilliant Christmas gift or to keep at home - all year round, because the starting month of your ifolor calendar can be freely selected.
We wish you a good time and bon appétit!
Our Recipe Ideas for the Year
Recipes for January
Wild game and fish are often on the menu in January. In the cold days of this month, these ingredients are often complimented with root or tuber vegetables such as black salsify and celery root. Hearty stews and casseroles are also right at home in January.
- Brussels sprouts and potato casserole
- Rutabaga stew
- Roast venison with black salsify
Recipes for February
Wintery salads and wild and leafy vegetables dominate the menu in February. It’s also not uncommon to see local winter apples and pears on the plate.
- Radicchio and noodle casserole
- Apple-flavoured red cabbage with marinated beef
- Green cabbage stew
Recipes for March
In the transitional month of March, the last bit of winter ingredients mix together with the first harvests of the spring. Young spinach and tasty cresses as well as fresh bear’s garlic bring some freshness to the dinner table.
- Spinach gorgonzola fettuccine with salmon
- Veal chops with lightly braised shallots
- Red beet salad with cresses
Recipes for April
The first month of spring brings along with it a fresh harvest of rhubarb, spinach, herbs, and asparagus. This month sees a transition from hearty stews to lighter soups and fresh ingredients.
- Spring onions with green beans and red peppers
- Swiss chard quiche
- Penne with rocket salad, bear’s garlic, and pesto
Recipes for May
May is the perfect time for fish dishes, especially halibut and trout. Fresh herbs and vegetables from the market compliment the fish perfectly. Just add a crispy salad and you’re ready to dig in!
- Garden sorrel soup
- Trout with baby potatoes in dill sauce
- Spinach with potatoes and hollandaise sauce
Recipes for June
The selection of fresh vegetables in June is especially large and sweet fruit and berries are a big part of the menu. Light fish dishes or tender chicken fits the bill much better in this month than hearty meals.
- Cauliflower and ham casserole
- Salmon with fresh peas and rice
- Chicken filets with green beans and spring onions
Recipes for July
The fruit bowl fills to overflowing in July - sweet apricots and bright red cherries are available in droves. You should avoid eating anything too heavy in the hot weather and instead go for light salads, tasty cakes, and tender fish filets.
- Apricot tart
- Paella with fresh peas
- Seared whitefish with sautéed kohlrabi
Recipes for August
The hot month of August continues to offer us a rich array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Various casseroles and crispy salads really do the trick this month.
- Aubergine pasta with shaved parmesan
- Cod filet with fennel
- Mixed salad with strips of chicken and aromatic radish
Recipes for September
The summer heat starts to abate and it’s once again time to eat wild game. The first signs of autumn start to appear on the dinner table, but it’s still possible to get the trailing end of the summer harvest. This gives you a wide expanse of possibilities during September.
- Mixed salad with roasted nuts
- Zucchini au gratin with feta cheese and tomato chutney
- Entrecôte with broccoli
Recipes for October
Squash is aplenty in the month of October and you can use cabbage and nuts to complement dishes on the menu. As the days get shorter and colder, warm stews and hearty roasts start to hit the spot again.
- Squash cream soup with roasted strips of duck
- Roast pork with broccoli
- Potato dumplings with red cabbage
Recipes for November
In the cold month of November we start to see various kinds of cabbage and nuts bedeck the dinner table. These are complimented by venison and savoury beef.
- Beef roulade with red cabbage and dumplings
- Savoy cabbage casserole with potatoes and bacon
- Creamy potato soup with sour cream
Recipes for December
The Christmas season is traditionally a time for feasting, including savoury stews, cookies, and of course the Christmas goose.
- Rib eye in peanut crust
- Stuffed cabbage with mashed potatoes
- Brussels sprouts salad with oyster mushrooms