So in 2015, The Runner and I tried to keep a record of everything that we had for dinner all year. We were diligent (mostly) in the recording, however we never actually DID anything with the information. We should have entered it into a database (or at least an excel spreadsheet) and analysed, rated, remembered or at least done something with the info. But we didn’t. So now, we have 12 Months of barely legible scrawl which once we decode it will be a record of what we ate in 2015. If/when I make time to put it all into excel and make sense of it.
However, it’s a new year and in 2016, we’re going to be more organised and do this properly. Every week, I’m going to post what we ate- where it came from, whether we ate out, and if we’d make it again. I’m sure patterns will start to emerge (we don’t eat a lot of fish at home) and it might get boring. (tacos again!) Whatever it works out to be, it’s going to be a time capsule for the year!
*Small disclaimer*- the first few days of 2016, we had leftover ham from our New Year’s Day Brunch, and then we ate out for 4 days straight (Ms Gs, Castle Hill RSL, The Cookhouse and Watsons Bay Hotel- in that order). So we’ll start officially with January 10th.
*Also as an FYI- I never cook on Monday nights. Mondays are my night off for yoga/gym and pole dancing!
January 10th– Charred Corn, Scrunched Kale and Sweet Potato Salad from the cookbook, A Modern Way to Eat by Amanda Jones. The Runner gave me this cookbook last Christmas and I love it. It’s vegetarian and mostly vegan but the recipes are delicious and you don’t feel like you’re missing any meat because it’s full of flavour! This salad in particular is a winner. I served it with Tortillas and sour cream as a sort of vegetarian taco. The Runner and I both agreed that this is a make again recipe.
January 12th– Salmon, avocado and white onion & Crabmeat, Pomegranate and Chili Deconstructed Sushi from Kimiko Barber’s Japanese Pure and Simple Cookbook. This isn’t the first time I’ve made deconstructed sushi from this book- it’s really easy and tasty. Plus, I still had nori sheets from the first time I made sushi so I figured I would use it! I’ll have to work on finding some other sushi recipes to make, it’s a great treat for a Tuesday!
January 13th– Popcorn and M&Ms. I went to the cinema and saw the movie Carol. Cate Blanchett was fantastic and the detail in the movie was great but it was a bit of a slow burner. I wouldn’t necessarily rush out to see it but it was a beautifully executed film. The story wasn’t action packed but it was very well done.
January 14th– Red Wine Risotto with Peas from the Food Network website. A bit boring but a great way to use up the dregs of a few bottles of red we had opened over Christmas and New Year. We enjoyed the risotto with a lovely 2012 Ballabourneen Shiraz. The wine was better than the risotto!
January 15th– We went out to eat at Queenie’s, a Jamaican restaurant in Surry Hills (above the Forresters hotel). Jerk Chicken and a Fried Chicken burger with banoffee pie for dessert. It was tasty but if you’re looking for the best Caribbean food in Sydney, I would recommend Rosie Campbell’s and Jonkanoo. Queenie’s was the first Jamaican place (that I know of) in Sydney, but Rosie Campbell’s and Jonkanoo are just a bit better (in my opinion!) The rum list at Jonkanoo is epic- they even have Belizean rum!
So now you’re up to date- last night we went out on a boat with friends so didn’t cook but had a fantastic time on the Harbour and I’m making tonight’s dinner as we speak- Butternut Squash and Kale tart (also from A Modern Way to Eat). More on that next week and we’re going to Melbourne!