The amount of money available will determine the ingredients you select.
Choose cheaper cuts of meat and slow cook for flavoursome and tender meat. To reduce cost, add beans, pulses and vegetables to dishes.
Make sure you have space to prepare and cook your recipe.
Check you have all the equipment needed to make the recipe.
Think of recipes you have made in the past and how you could adapt them. Choose a new recipe to increase your repertoire.
Consider the food preparation skills you already have and what skills will challenge you, making sure that you work in a safe and hygienic way.
Consider what cooking methods are best for preparing your dish.
Prepare special dishes for celebrations such as birthdays, weddings and religious events.
Some religions prohibit certain food or may need food prepared in acertain way.
Some cultures may have their own traditional foods.
Increasingly, consumers select ingredients due to seasonality, ethical issues, welfare standards, assurance schemes and production methods.
Many also shop for locally produced food or grow their own.
Everyone has different preferences based on the appearance, smell, taste and texture of food and drinks.
Choose a recipe which you have enough time to prepare, cook and serve.
Choose to cook a dish suitable to the time of day when it will be served, eg breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Create healthy, balanced meals based on current healthy eating recommendations for different life stages.
Be aware of any special dietary needs which may affect food choice.