so that is that!...our 12 month social experiment to see whether we could manage not to cook and eat the same evening meal twice within a year has come to an end. to reflect on the last 365 days, and to gain some necessary closure, we have decided to write a little round up of the year....and also let you know what our future plans are!
ever since we started to get within touching distance of the years finishing line people have asked us, 'are you going to have all your favourites in the first few weeks?!'....well the answer is yes, and no. the selection of new recipes is now so second nature to us that it'd be impossible to stop doing it; instead we plan to have one or two of our classic, or new found, favourites each week but with new meals as the proportional majority.
by circumnavigating the globe with our cookbooks we have learnt a huge amount this year; we've discovered some new favourite food destinations, including vietnam and homemade chinese and japanese cooking. inspired by these, amongst others, we've been introduced to a plethora of new cooking methods. each with its own host of new exotic ingredients, once alien to our kitchen cupboards, but now considered staple 'must haves'; such as tamarind, chinese black vinegar, palm sugar and mirin to mention but a few.
medically we've also learnt a lot during the past 12 months! through a careful series of tests, i have found out i'm not intolerant to shellfish, such as prawns and scallops, as i once believed i was (although it is still an ongoing test!). chris on the other hand has discovered he's not 'allergic' to mushrooms or nuts, he just used to be a fusspot! in fact through this year of trials and tribulations we have each pushed our own personal boundaries of what we 'like' and 'don't like', with us both discovering that ingredients/dishes we historically have avoided, we in fact enjoy. i for example has unearthed a love of soup, whilst chris can't imagine life without mushrooms.
finally, thanks has to go out to everyone who has contributed this experiment, and those that have offered their comments/feedback and even their own recipes and recommendations. as much as we've enjoyed our own selfish journey of discovery, to receive your messages of support made every recipe and every word we wrote even more enjoyable.
every journey has to eventually reach its destiny, and despite numerous requests for us to continue, we've decided to draw a line under this experiment. fear not however, we're not going anywhere we've got another concept we're going to pursue for the foreseeable future. it won't involve a similar volume of blog entries, but we believe you'll enjoy it all the same....we'll explain more shortly.