1. Beer Braised Beef Ribs, 2. Wet Garlic and Preserved Lemon Risotto with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, 3. Orange and Cardamom Baklava, 4. Damson Ice Cream, 5. Stubby Beans, 6. Caldo Verde – Spring Green , Chorizo, Broad Bean Soup, 7. Sausages with Slow Cooked Beans, 8. Macaroni Cheese, 9. Cucumber , Radish and Broad Bean Salad with Radish Leaf and Feta Pesto, 10. Tacos with Slow Cooked Pork in chipoltes en adobo, 11. Persian Chicken Stew with Pomegranate and Almonds, 12. Spiced Beef, 13. Spaghetti and Meatballs, 14. Profiteroles, 15. Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Lentils and Slow Roasted Tomato Salad, 16. Rhubarb and Almond Tart, 17. Five Spice Pork Belly with Pickled Vegetable Salad, 18. Javanese Lamb and Runner Bean Curry, 19. Portabello Stuffed Mushroom Burgers with Tomato Salsa, 20. Chicken Chorizo and Parsnip Pie, 21. Spiced Whiting with Coconut Fennel Lentils, 22. Oxtail Star Anise, 23. Pea Lettuce and Stilton Soup, 24. Smoked Ham Hock with Beans and Vegetables., 25. Pasta with Peas Broad Beans and Feta and Spinach Pesto, 26. Homemade Bagels, 27. BBQ Lamb, 28. Gochujang Pulled Pork with Spicy Beansprout Salad, 29. Smoked Salmon with Pickled Cucumber and Red Onion Salad, Hot New Potato Salad, 30. Chocolate Date Cake, 31. Fennel and Potato Gratin, 32. Tomato, Onion and Potato Tart, 33. Hummus with Olives Peppers and Jalepenos with Sumac Spiced Flatbread, 34. Turkish Flatbreads with Lamb Haggis & Pomegranate, 35. Steak Pudding, 36. Lamb and Chickpea Balls with Watercress and Radish Salad
Wow it’s been quite a year, pregnant or with a newborn but I still managed to pack in a lot of cooking. While pregnant I ate very healthily and towards the end when Baby Emily was very overdue I consumed a lot of pineapple ( quite happy if I never eat that again)
Having a newborn around the the slow-cooker has been a lifesaver, even sleep deprived I can throw a load of thing in at some point in the day and have dinner on the table without the risk of anything being burnt, Beer Braised Beef Ribs
Our hob also broke part way through the year meaning I became pretty adept at using the microwave a device I have always avoided but it is brilliant for cooking rice and pasta and means even now when distracted by a baby-emergency we do not end up with burnt offerings.
My other find for the tired mind is definitely a pressure cooker, being able to have dried pulses useable in less than half an hour is fantastic in combination with the pressure cooker it produced a stand out dish – Stumpy Pumpy Beans adapted from Valentine Warner and a real winter warmer
With less time on my hands I have done a lot more meal planning, Sundays we sit down and work out what we will eat for the week ahead. Having the local farmers market has been fantastic. We are often there as the stallholders set up, pushing Em and munching on bacon rolls.
Towards the end of the year I have begun giving Em some real food , pureed veg so far, it’s so lovely watching her eat and she makes some very happy umming noises.
One regret I have not managed nearly enough foraging this year some damsons and walnuts from local trees and a few mushrooms but Spring will be just around the corner and I will be back to form.
It’s going to be another big year, no resolutions yet but watch this space