My kitchen has been a slower place than usual over the past month.
First we had the whirlwind of December with parties, visits, trips to a cottage, and a whole lot of fun. I did have friends over for two different dinner and whipped up some new recipes – My New Roots Parsnip (I went out and bought parsnips after this meal – said my friend), Winter Veggie Quinoa Tart, and Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad (this was fantastic!).
I also tried making candy for the first time. I attempted this Maple Bourbon Caramels recipe, but something wasn’t working for me (maybe my stove, maybe my new candy thermometer, maybe my brain?) and the first batch turned into a bit of a caramel sauce and the second into a brittle. I guess when life gives you the wrong kind of candy you can make a scrumptious ice cream sundae?
Reason #2 for the slow kitchen was our holiday trips to see family in Southern Ontario and then in Dubai. So lots of other people’s home cooking (thanks moms!) and dining out (more on that to come soon with #VeggieTravels). In Dubai we also had the opportunity to go to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a traditional Emerati breakfast. This food was all delicious! Their website has details on some of the goodies.
And finally, reason #3 was an illness at the end of my trip to Dubai which has meant a lot of boring, bland food for the last couple of weeks.
Regardless I can also add the following to my made list:
- Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts – yes, another reason to keep loving the BSprouts!
- Red Velvet Cheesecake cookies (I wasn’t too thrilled – I think they got a bit overcooked in my enthusiastic oven, but those I shared them with thought they were great).
- Free Tibet Rice Bowl from the refresh cookbook from Fresh – it’s very different, but super filling like all of their rice bowls. It was nice to try something new.
- Salt and Wind’s Roasted root vegetable with balsamic date dressing. Very easy way to incorporate salad but still a warm meal for a winter evening.
And all in all I made 139 new recipes in 2015! Not too shabby, but certainly room for a few more in 2016 🙂