My ongoing foodie bucket list. Some big, some small.
Learn to make Chinese soup. A nourishing tonic. Hold a cheese and wine tasting party. Bitch and wine. Over eat at a steamboat. Mid-winter with the family. Send The Koala to work with hot lunches.
Make lasagna. Once or twice. Cook with squid ink. Squid ink pasta.
- Hold a mid-winter feast at home.
Glaze a ham. At Christmas and on my birthday. Make pesto.Macadamia pesto. Make polenta. Grits. Make Oysters Kilpatrick. Yum and then a variation. Cook duck. With sticky cherry sauce. Eat a flower. Lavender. Forage something and cook with it. Onion weed dumplings, scrambled eggs and potato cakes. Make Vietnamese spring rolls. Summer rolls with peanut sauce. Have a picnic. At a black sand beach. Make sangria. White and red sangria.
- Catch a fish.
Deal to a freshly caught fish. Caught by our neighbour. Visit a new farmers’ market. Parnell and Grey Lynn. Prepare a raw meal. Two courses.
- Grow mint and a lime tree and make mojitos.
- Go strawberry picking.
Prepare Ika Mata (raw fish salad). Rich and creamy with tuna. Make and edible gift for Christmas. Baked puffs of yum. Join a CSA group. Ooooby. Roll sushi. Three kinds.
- Brew lemon ice tea.
Make ice cream. Russian fudge ice cream. Cook ribs. Sweet and gingery. Do something with rhubarb. Hand pies. Make bacon. Smoked it. Experience a degustation. An anniversary treat. Cook a big pot of chili. Yum. Make cornbread. Yup. Make Cornish pasties. Not once but twice. Do something with eggplant. Ew. Make Tom Yum. In Thailand. Make a chowder. With fish heads. Make a feijoa preserve. Curd. Make Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.Apocalypse spaghetti is for sluts. Cook curry goat. Warming and full of flavour. Tame an ugly root. Cook celeriac. Make French Onion Soup. A warming winter treat.
- Host a dumpling wrapping party
Make pork roast with crackling. The hair dryer method works. Have a fondue party. Cheese and chocolate fondue with tips. Make biryani. Fragrantly spiced lamb biryani. Butterscotch. Butterscotch sauce with apple hand pies. Go to a Korean BBQ. Faro in Auckland. Try a new fruit. Tamarind in Thailand. Declutter the kitchen. Pretty before/after shots. Keep a worm farm. In a bin under the deck. Build a compost. Even better, I got a worm farm. Plant a vegetable gardenA terraced pallet garden. Live on $2.25NZ per day for 5 days for charity. Yes! I raised $635 for charity. Make hollandaise sauce. Yup. Make pâté. Duck Liver, Cognac and Sage Pâté Make cheese. Halloumi and mozzarella. Make a pavlova. A roaring success. Have a burger party.We made 50 sliders!
- Create a piece of food art.
Make ketchup or BBQ sauce. Tomato sauce win. Try a new grain. Millet is yum. Eat fish & chips somewhere glorious. Beachfront on Waitangi. Make cheesecake. Dark chocolate cheesecake. Use artichoke in something. Artichoke dip. Caprese Salad. Made with home made mozzarella. Make tzatziki.Tzatziki and two dishes that it loves. Make aioli. Creamy aioli.
- Bake tart tartin.
- Souffle something.
- Make a mousse.
Pull pork. Hoisin pulled pork and orange pulled pork. Make a risotto. Smoked salmon risotto. Onigiri. Umeboshi and Smoked Salmon onigiri.
- Crème brûlée.
- Make a hawker dish.
- Dine out ethically.
- Bake a brownie.
Buy meat from a farm. Eketahuna Country Meats.
- Review and cook from a cookbook.
Design a cookbook. I designed, styled and photographed a cookbook for nutritionist Julie Bhosale.
- Bake a loaf of bread.
- Go vegetarian for a week.
- Pickle or ferment something.
- Eat at a Michelin star restaurant.
- Make a dessert from a foreign country.
Cook with offal.Livers! Make Chinese tea eggs. Lovely marbled eggs for Easter.
- Try balut.
- Gorge on seafood in a coastal village/town.
- Ride a bicycle to a fresh food market.
- Visit a commercial fish market.
- Partake in a progressive dinner.
- Smoke fish.
- Cook a turkey.
- Cook a beast on a spit.
- Eat in France.
- Eat in New Orleans.