The past few days leading towards the closure of 2014 have been a silly face-stuffing belly-expanding celebration. I hosted a Christmas dinner for 9 and churned out a seafood pie, a summer salad and a layered spiced treacle cake. The Angmoh’s family celebrates Christmas in a traditional manner and there was a full-blown feast of cocktail prawns, turkey, roast pork, pavlova and Christmas pudding. I-Hua then threw a post-Christmas potluck luncheon. She baked an wonderful fluffy bread in just 30 minutes(!), Zeboy made an exquitely tender dish of pork in milk, Tanh (I Eat Therefore I Am) barbecued some fantastic Vietnamese skewers, Agnes (Off The Spork) contributed meatballs in a rich tomato sugo, Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) made an incredible Thai curry and Fakebooo baked his famous chilli chicken. Kat also brought a mango sticky rice cake that was sensational. I tossed together a salad of mixed leaves, grape tomatoes, sliced avocado, Meredith’s goat cheese and sourdough croutons, dressed in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and pomegranate molasses. I’m calling it “the Melbourne Deconstructed Brunch Salad”.
2014 has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Apart from the eating challenge, my dining habits have remained pretty unchanged. There have been plenty of brunches as expected. The Angmoh and I cut down on fancy dinners though we did eat out fairly freqeuntly at cheap Asian diners. The most repetitive dish we ate has to be pho from I Love Pho 264; after all he won a competition for a year’s worth of the comforting noodle soup. The happiest meals were at Easy Tiger and Epocha and the most disappointing was our revisit to Spice Temple. The weirdest thing I’d put in my mouth is a dried cheese that the Bhutanese people chew on over a certain period of time. I can only describe it to be like hard plastic milk.
As for 2015, I see myself patronising usual favourites like Rose Garden and I Love Pho 264. I also hope to utilise my myriad of cookbooks and attempt more homecooking.
I anticipate that 2015 will be a delicious year ahead and wish everyone a mouth-watering scruumptious happy new year!