Tuesday 1 January 2008

2008 food challenges

I can’t believe it’s 2008.

I remember 1998 so clearly. I started university, met two of my closest friends, moved to Italy. It was a big year but now it was 10 years ago!

This year I have a lot of new year resolutions, but focusing on my gastronomic interests, I have set myself some goals over the next 12 months.

Wish me luck!

Cook Recipes I’ve Coveted
1. khachapuri – Georgian cheese bread completed Feb 2009
2. coeur a la crème – French dairy dessert completed Jun 2011
3. pesche ripiene – Italian roast peaches w amaretti completed
4. sinh to bo – Vietnamese avocado milkshake completed
5. rujak – Indonesian/Malay salad completed

Taste Test
1. pheasant
2. sapote (tropical fruit)
3. crocodile completed
4. wines from South Africa completed
5. wines from the USA completed

Cook w New Ingredients
1. mastic (Greek resin) completed Feb 09
2. qamar el-deen / amardine tart, soup
3. quinoa stew, breakfast, salad
4. hibiscus flowers drink
5. squid ink risotto

Recreate Food Memories
1. Grandma’s banana cream pie completed
2. Dad’s pickled eggs completed
3. Mum’s lemon roasted chicken completed
4. Mum’s cornbread completed
5. Nonna’s vegetable sauce for pork completed

Find Recipes & Cook
1. česneková polévka (Czech garlic broth) completed Dec 2011
2. Königsberger klopse (Prussian meatballs)
3. rasam completed
4. sorbat susu completed
5. tan tan men completed

Invent My Own Recipes
1. musk ice cream
2. crepe gratin
3. risotto cakes completed
4. dang myun noodles completed
5. fruit dessert soup blueberry, apricot

Learn More About Food from
1. East Africa Ethiopian spice blend, Ethiopian main, Mauritian salad, Eritrean main
2. West Africa Senegalese main, Burkina Faso stew, Ghanese fritters
3. Andean nations Peruvian stew, Argentinean main, Bolivian salad, Ecuadorian soup
4. Caribbean Bajan dessert, Jamaican main, Jamaican spice blend, Cuban side dish
5. India (different regional styles) Tamil Nadu soup, Kerala curry, Punjab drink, Andhra Pradesh curry

Cook a Multi-Course Meal
1. East African feast
2. Indian banquet
3. Seafood dining
4. Italian formal dinner completed
5. Balinese banquet completed

Cook From These Cookbooks
1. Pier by Greg Doyle (seafood)
2. MoVida by Frank Camorra & Richard Cornish (Spanish) completed
3. Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home by the Moosewood Collective (vegetarian) completed
4. Made in Italy by Giorgio Locatelli (Italian) completed
5. Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver (home cooking)

Buy These Cookbooks
1. Creole by Babette de Rozières in the bag!
2. Secrets of Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen in the bag!
3. Thai Food by David Thompson
4. Cheese Slices by Will Studd
5. one by Greg Malouf: Saha or Turquoise

So that's it, although I do think it's going to be a real challenge to get through all of these while still aiming to cook my way around the world at the same time.

Good luck to everyone else in achieving your own new year resolutions.



  1. two fabulous posts. It was good to read your accomplishments, and your goals for the coming year. Wow, I am impressed by your goals. I look forward to reading your journey and enjoying the (vegetarian) recipes.

    You will love David Thompson's book. It is an amazing collection of Thai information and recipes. I am sure you know what a Sydney icon he is/was.

    As usual your photos are stunning. Happy New Year.

  2. Anna
    When are you (and Jonas) ( and J and T, and A) going to come stay with us for the weekend and YOU ARE ALLOWED TO COOK FOR US !!! Yum yum yum
    Lynn and Chris

  3. Hello Anna,
    I like your blog .
    If you need some help with No.1 in yourFind Recipes & Cook for 2008, e.g. česneková polévka – Czech garlic broth .... I can help with some recipes.


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