Okay, so I started writing that obligatory end of year post that tries to capture, in a single post, everything that’s gone on in an entire year, but I didn’t finish it. Frankly, it’s harder to write than most years. 2016 was meh, at least that’s how I feel right now.
I’ll say though that yesterday was a beautiful winter’s day outside, the kind of scene you read about in novels – gray, foggy, rainy and trees now devoid of leaves – and so cold I had to keep my hands wrapped around the electric kettle. Gorgeous weather…
… and enjoying baguette slices gently toasted with homemade garlic butter and a bowl of piping hot homemade tomato soup. Aaah!
show post must go on. In keeping with the tradition of past reflection posts, I’m going to throw a bunch of completely random recap of our food adventures out there.
It’s again been a year of kitchen explorations with lots of cooking, lots of baking, lots of eating. What’s exciting is the bevy of budding chefs working alongside me in the kitchen churning out lots of creative ideas and new favorites. Our joint successes this year include:
- shrimp scampi pasta
- naengmyeon (Korean-style cold buckwheat noodles)
- kimchi pancakes
- fried salmon in sweet and spicy sauce
- 2 kinds of tomato soups – thick luxurious Western-style tomato soup (above), and clear Chinese-style tomato soup
New food loves
- Poke (pronounced po-kay) bowls – raw tuna over rice
- Jalapeno chips (snacks on fire, whoof!)
- Yogurtland’s frozen yogurt
- Onion bagels
- Teriyaki pork over rice
2016 was, in many ways – grilled, braised, pre-seasoned – the Year of the Pork Rib for us. It’s also been the year we ate a lot of fish #happy and too many desserts and snacks #notproud. Happy New Year!