Well hello there! I'm not sure how many of my current readers still remember the Sarah Discovers How to Eat days, but it's just coming up to the TEN YEAR anniversary of the completion of my project! (Official completion date was 31st May 2006). I thought it was timely to do a little post reminiscing on my year-long project where I cooked and documented all 395 recipes from Nigella's fabulous first book: How to Eat.
I spent last week reading the blog from start to finish, and looking back, I'm not quite sure how I managed to do all that planning and shopping and cooking and eating and blogging! This was in addition to uni, part-time work, gym, family time and having a social life. (In fact, I got tired just reading about it, haha). But I suppose was young and energetic, and I lived at home, so I was lucky to have my mum and dad to take care of me, do most of the dishes, and help with the shopping if I was too busy or tired to go to the shops. (Thank-you Mum and Dad!)
Actual quote from me, from my April Progress Report: "I’ve got 2 months to do about 80 recipes. Easy!"
I loved exposing myself and my family to new, exotic foods (chorizo! elderflower! quince!), and learning (and mastering!) new cooking techniques - using leaf gelatine, making custards, pastry, risotti, pork crackling, and more.
And in addition to the skills I learned, it was just lots of fun! There were so many dinner parties, family lunches, late night blogging sessions, chats with the lovely folks at the (now defunct) Nigella.com forum, and endless MSN convos with my buddy Clarice.
Who can forget the Seville Orange Orgy; the "Holy shit! A fan is involved!" roast goose; or the long and hard search for a non-stick brioche pan. I have more than a few favourite recipes - the Pig's Bum and Rhubarb Meringue Pie are obvious contenders, but I think the most useful recipes (i.e. the ones I still cook, to this day) were the pasta recipes: tagliatelle with chicken from the Venetian ghetto, linguine alle vongole, spaghetti carbonara, butter with pasta and stock cube juices. So delicious.
Let's look at some numbers!
- Recipes cooked: 395 in 365 days
- Posts written: 317
- Comments received: 702
- Items Autographed by Nigella received: 2 (thank-you Clarice for organising!)
- Dinner / Lunch parties held: 19
- Most Recipes made for the one meal: 9 - Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
- Custards made: 12
- Types of Crostini made: 8
- Pies made: 23 (holy moly)
- Pie or Sausage-related innuendoes included: Too many to count. Also, "in-YOUR-end-o".
|The first Crackling I ever made!|
|Roast Beef, Beans, Roast Potatoes|
|Poached peaches with baked Sauternes Custard|
|Autographed egg cup and saucer set!|
|Autographed photo from Nigella!|
|Sweet, sweet pie|
Thanks to everyone who supported me and followed my cooking and blogging journey! Here's to many more delicious meals and fun times with family and friends!