As you may know, I have gotten into the habit of keeping a photo diary of food I’ve been making since coming to Australia from Canada 3 years ago.
Going across the world was my first time moving away from home, and I hardly ever cooked before that because my mom’s food was too fabulous to bother trying. Curse of living at home? 😛
I am proud of myself for continuously trying and improving my skills in the kitchen. I am most certainly not the best at anything, but I am enjoying trying my hand at new things, and most importantly, it brings me happiness that people (especially Michael) enjoy the things I make. Being in the kitchen is my ‘relaxing activity’ believe it or not. And I especially love to cook and bake when I can share.
Annoyingly, I still have family members that ask, “So… how do you feed yourself when you’re living in Australia?” and are so surprised when I reply, “I cook for myself.”
“Really? You can cook?!” Why yes, yes I can. Did you really think I have been eating just take-out and salads for 3 years? Come on!
And the way I see it. Anybody can, they just have to want to try!
You’ll notice there’s no meat in anything below. Mike and I wanted to go meat-free for a few weeks, especially after indulging so much over the holidays.
First ‘hot meal’ after we finally got groceries on arriving back to Brisbane. Breakfast for dinner, a favourite.
Creamy cauliflower soup, with onions, potato and sweet potato. Definitely a new favourite!
Trying my hand at gnocchi from scratch for the first time. Sweet potato gnocchi (can you tell I was really lazy with the shaping of it) with a butter garlic rosemary sauce, fennel and apple salad and some grilled haloumi. Quite an odd combination, I know. But hey, it works! We shop the sales and then decide on the menu, not vice versa. Life of a student, you know? 😉
Ricotta lime cookies with a lime glaze. Made these for “Friday Bake Day” at the hospital, which were enjoyed by many. Will definitely be making these again.
Pasta salad with green beans and carmelised onions with a greek yoghurt dressing. Side of cucumber and tomato salad.
Coconut basil shrimp!
Peanut butter cookies with caramel chips. Made these for another Friday Bake Day
Had some basa fillets that I cooked up…
To make delicious fish cakes for the first time! What an easy method to serve fish in a totally different and flavourful way!
And 2 dishes that I made when back in Canada
Quiche with mushrooms, onions and bacon. Cheated with store bought crust though! 😉
Cream of (wild) mushroom soup