Foodie resolutions

A very belated Happy New Year to anyone who happens to be reading! I’ve been dreadful at getting back to this blog, despite racking up the recipes to post and taking photos of just about everything – all bar the writing about it, it seems! So there’s the first of my foodie resolutions for the year: upload the photos, post the recipes, and generally catch up with the backlog!

My other foodie resolutions look a little like this:

  • Try new recipes – the obvious one 🙂 I’m going to go easy on myself and say one each month.
  • Try cooking new foods – thinking halloumi, which I’m amazed I’ve only nibbled once, and perhaps polenta. And maybe this is the year I finally try making scones (I know, I know – hanging my head in shame 😉 )
  • Try a new technique or two – like the spiralizer!
  • Try some new eateries and/or something new instead of the old favourites on the menu.
  • Finally finish (ie restart!) inventorying the freezer, and keep it up to date! Perfect time for a clear-out, too.

Anyone else have foodie resolutions for the year – and how are they going so far?

Pork stew

Or to give it its full name: pork, dried plum, and apple stew. Ahem. Okay, okay – dried plums are more commonly known as prunes, but please don’t let that word scare you! They are sweet and yummy, and go so well with the rich mix of flavours in this dish (recipe here).

Hmm, think my food photography needs a little work, too! ;)

Hmm, think my food photography needs a little work, too! 😉

I’ve been seriously slacking with this blog, but also with cooking in general. My poor freezer is looking quite bare – something I’m in dire need of remedying before I embark on the madness that is NaNoWriMo, whereupon I will have no time to cook – barely enough time to eat, with all the writing! 😉 – and need some healthy food stocked up.

This stew has been a family favourite for years now. It can look a little daunting – lots of ingredients, some (mustard powder?!) a little niche, but it’s not really all that difficult, and is both pretty healthy and very, very delicious! Not to mention that it’s a little different from so many of the things that I make. However, like most of my fav recipes, a big batch can be split into 4 or 5 portions and frozen for those moments – just home from work, or mid-NaNo… or both!

Home made coleslaw – take 1

coleslaw

Summer’s practically over before it’s begun, it seems, and salad days are a little dubious. However, early this year I was making the effort to use the season to eat more healthily, and so I thought it’d be nice to try for a healthier coleslaw to go with my salads.

I was overwhelmed with choice! I remember an apple coleslaw from my childhood: should I try making that? Or one of the numerous variations suggestion… Nope, first go, let’s try for classic: carrot, (spring) onion, and cabbage, as shown in my recipe.

The ‘healthier’ part was using Greek yogurt (I like the Fage 0% fat one, for all sorts of things) to replace at least part of the mayonnaise. In the end it didn’t really taste lighter – it was almost sickly rich, to be honest! I added another recipe’s suggestion of cider vinegar – just a splash – to try and cut it.

I think I need to experiment a whole lot more with this one, to get the right mix. And try adding some sweetness – grated apple, perhaps.

Do you have a favourite, healthier take on the classic coleslaw recipe? Do share! 🙂

Welcome!

I adore cooking: it’s a practical skill that makes me feel like I’m taking good care of myself. There can be something quite therapeutic in chopping carrots after a long day staring at a screen, too!

This website is to help me keep track of my recipe collection. Along the way, I intend to blog about new recipes I try and share any hints or tips that novice or not-so-new cooks may find useful.

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