As 2011 comes to a close I thought it might be nice to look back on my favourite recipes of the year. This is the first time I’ve done this kind of post, but I’ve enjoyed reminiscing so much that they may crop up more often in the future. You have been warned!
I like to think it might be helpful for you in case you missed a few goodies. Let me know, I love feedback.
I thought I’d do them in chronological order, so first cab off the rank is the miso-soy caramel served with fresh pineapple. It’s a homage to a dish I ate at Inopia in Barcelona (pictured above) – the tapas bar owned by Albert Adria (brother of the famous Ferran from El Bulli). I gave the caramel a nice salty Aussie twist with… vegemite. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
I enjoy supporting worthwhile causes so when I was approached to create a $2 dish for the Live Below the Line campaign, I jumped at the chance.
This zucchini, garlic and chilli linguine is surprisingly flavour-packed for the small ingredient list and can be jazzed up with cooked prawns or grilled chicken for a less frugal dinner.
Israeli couscous has become a firm favourite in our house this year. Even baby Poppy loves it mashed with sweet potato or mixed with plain yoghurt.
Here I used it creatively in a paella-style dish with Spanish flavours using gorgeous The Stock Merchant chicken stock. That’s the second Spanish-inspired dish in the list – do you think I miss Barcelona much?
It’s a big call but I think this is my favourite of the year – the home made BBQ sauce pushes it cleanly over the line – I never knew it could taste so good!
These pulled pork burgers were a suggestion from my brother in law as he wanted a good (read: easy, cheap, big) dish he could make and serve his flat mates. He was very pleased with the result and so was I!
Last but not least, my most recent recipe – Lumplings: half lasagne, half dumplings. These are so easy to make and use up leftover meat and poultry to effortlessly make a new and delicious meal. Give them a try!
Have I left out your favourite?
I’ll have another post in a few days outlining my food-related plans and dreams for 2012. See you then!