Summer is officially over. It has rained heaps this summer. Tomatoes have loved it. The rest of us have grumbled. Still we made the most of what we had and I managed to ticked off 7 out of 10 items on my Summer To Do list. Here’s a the summer summary of my to do list:
Have a picnic at the beach
It wasn’t the picnic to beat all picnics, but hey, it was a picnic at the beach, a marine reserve in fact. There was still hot free range roast chicken, salads and breads before and after snorkeling. Like a comforting farmhouse meal only at the beach.
Read about it here.
There were no other picnics in our summer, but we did have plenty of BBQs in our backyard. So many that we ran out of gas. Must remember to refill that thing…
With the funny weather we are having, I wouldn’t be surprised if we are able to squeeze in a picnic or two before the end of April.
2. Grow mint and make mojitos
While I didn’t plant mint this year, I noticed the mint I planted last year came back from the dead. So I had zombie mint and I did have white rum, but we accidentally drank the rum before I got to set the two up on a blind date. Oops.
3. Go strawberry picking
In my defence, it’s probably a good thing. I’ve decided that my favourite fruit in the world, the strawberry is the root of the summertime skin issues I’ve had all these years. I’ve been avoiding strawberries ever since.
Prepare Ika Mata (Cook Islands raw fish)
One of those dishes I always order if it’s on the menu. But one that is just as easy to make at home.
I made a decadent version with yellowfin tuna instead of your average white fish. No regrets. So delicious and so easy, though it is possible I made too much. I have never overindulged in Ika Mata. What a complaint. Half a kilo of raw tuna will stuff 3 people to the gills. I should make this again sometime in a smaller quantity or perhaps share with with more friends.
Recipe and write up here.
Make an edible gift for Christmas
I’m really no good at following recipes and missed out a vital step in the Edmonds Cookbook recipe for russian fudge. This meant that my fudge didn’t set and I was faced with having to conjure up a Plan B. I am skilled in System D so I fudged up these cute little puff pastry treats on Christmas morning.
Read about it here.
Read about the weird reproductions here.
7. Brew ice lemon tea
I had the ingredients. I just didn’t get around to it.
I had plenty of chances to indulge in Mamak’s ice lemon tea though.
Make ice cream
Surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. With my failed edible gift of russian fudge from number 5, I made russian fudge ice cream. The soft fudge was perfectly dreamy. No food processor or ice cream maker required, just an egg beater and plenty of bowls.
Totally impressive for the amount of effort involved. That’s what we like right? Easy recipes that sound impressive?
Read about it and see the recipe here.
So good. Made with Hakanoa Ginger Syrup and tomato paste, these were pork ribs were meltingly delicious. Not really a complaint, but perhaps these were a little too tender (if you like your meat to give up bit more resistance).
I think this recipe could work on the BBQ if you’re looking for a faster option.
Recipe for my Pork Ribs with Tomato-Ginger Sauce and write up here.
Do something with rhubarb
Recipe and post can be found here.
Coming up next
I’m not ready to think about autumn yet. Maybe I’ll give myself a week to get over summer first.
For my new readers, the aim of these to lists is to tend to a growing edge. Your growing edge is the part of you that is still learning, trying new things and experimenting. It’s the area of your life that you are improving and working on. It’s often too easy to keep cooking your favourite tried and true dishes over and over again. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I feel like there’s so many delicious things to eat and and so little time so I need to push forward to get anywhere. I first started writing a seasonal to do list last winter. Not only will you learn new things, but the unfamiliar or things that you shrink away from can become familiar to you with practice. It’s the initial leap that is the hardest.