This year was a big one for me…I moved to England, got married, became a UK resident and started a job in marketing…phew!
But in between those huge milestones, life was really pretty normal and filled with boring (and sometimes stressful things)…things like heaps of paperwork, cover letters and a never-ending, slowly drying pile of laundry (we don’t have a dryer in our flat).
Thankfully sprinkled amongst all of those stressful things were heaps of delicious food, sunshine-y memories and a few castles. ;)
I thought I’d take a moment to share five of my Real Local Cooking favorites from this past year. It was hard to narrow it down when there are 105 posts (!!) from which to choose, but here they are…
1. Making a Watermelon Radish Salad was really fun because it allowed me introduce my family to a vegetable I discovered in China and it brought some vibrant color to a cold MN winter.
2. Since moving to England, I’ve enjoyed many store bought oatcakes, but before moving here, I made my own oatcakes after discovering the recipe in a River Cottage cookbook. It was fun to create something different and many of you also enjoyed finding out about this recipe.
3. Early in 2012, I began making FarmerChef specials with seasonal and local products/produce. Once a week, we put these specials on the menu at my parents’ restaurant. I enjoyed the challenge and creativity involved in coming up with dishes.
After moving to England, my parents continued preparing and serving FarmerChef specials, and I loved finding out about all the creative dishes they were coming up with. I thought their Kohlslaw…coleslaw from kohlrabis was especially fun. I made this salad in September when we picked our own Kohlrabi.
And some runner-ups…
Having my first scone with clotted cream and plum jam, picking strawberries, trying out this FarmerChef quiche (and making it many times since…any time I have eggs, vegetables and no idea what to fix for dinner), making both strawberry+rhubarb crumble and cobbler and seeing that mom made an oh-so pretty layered salad.
It’s been a fun year of blogging, filled with many good memories and tasty recipes.
Thanks for stopping by our little corner of the internet and sharing your own memories. thoughts and recommendations in the comments! It’s always so great to hear from you!