Shared meals and late nights

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With a new month, comes a new round up of Our Growing Edge. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, December’s host is Leah from Sharing The Food We Love. While there is never a theme for the event, it was a delight to see many dishes inspired by French cuisine. I guess French cooking is way, way up on bucket lists. The submission list was small but deliciously formed. Read the round up here.

More/Less

I’m sure I wasn’t the only busy person last month and I hope you all had safe a delicious holiday season. The Koala and I are home after a holiday out in the countryside at on a friend’s farm. Friends old and new, delicious shared meals three times a day and plenty of laughing, chewing the fat and imbibing with friends, some of which we hadn’t seen in years. I had an epiphany. I don’t enjoy cooking at home for groups (it stresses me out), but cooking on holiday is fun. It’s spontaneous and low key. Everyone pitches in a bit of this and a bit of that and magic ensues. Social cooking at it’s finest.

One Year

Last year, I didn’t write new year’s resolutions. Instead, I started Our Growing Edge. I’ve delighted in seeing each event pass with new recipes, new blogs and new foods. I loved watching you all tick off things on your bucket lists. I have shared in your triumphs and mourned your failures. I have to admit, my foodie bucket list grows faster than I can tick things off.

Louise from Crumbs and Corkscrews is hosting January edition of Our Growing Edge. If you have a blog and are looking at cooking or eating something new this month (or this year), please join us. Submission deadline is at the end of this month. Check out this page for more info.

Last year

2013 was a year of many firsts:

  • I started a vegetable garden
  • I slow cooked
  • I gutted a fish
  • I ate alpaca meat
  • I found and became a regular at a local butchery
  • I tried goats cheese (again)
  • I cooked with duck fat
  • I made my first cheesecake and also my first aioli, paté, risotto and beef bourguignon.

This year

I wrote my 2014 resolutions manifesto at the end of last year and have already enjoyed more/less this week. I’ve enjoyed shared meals, favourite things and whole foods. Though I am guilty of indulging in my other list…mess, waste and late nights. Several late nights. I saw the sunrise twice. Worth it.

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