Out with the old, in with the new

For us the culinary theme and resolution for 2009 was preservation in its different forms. Between us we haven’t done too bad, though it has very much proved to be Hubs’ domain. Hubs has a knack of being good at the stuff I’m frankly rubbish at (or don’t have a patience for); I suppose we’re a good balance. successful preservation this year included Pickled Red Cabbage, sweet chilli jam, quince jelly, gooseberry jam along with many other projects that got eaten before being posted about.

For me the highlights of 2009 include then experiencing the famous Valentine Feast at River Cottage, learning to bake bread at River Cottage, snowday eccentricity leading to making Nutella, Hubs going all Hugh with smoking in a breadbin, realising that beer makes a very fine cooking ingredient be it in ice cream, brownies or bread and eating my way around Berlin.

2009 was also the year I started to teach cookery to primary aged kids. It was a steep learning curve for me. Some things worked some things didn’t. All I will say is never ever make peppermint creams on a boiling hot day with a class of kids it’ll only end in a sticky disaster.

This year and decade has culminated with my appearance of Aleena Naylor’s show on BBC Radio Derby and finally Christmas.

For 2010 both Hubs & I have our own foodie resolutions. For me it is to get more confident with fish and for Hubs it is to finish building his cold smoker. Thanks to some Christmas gifts we already have a few foodie trips planned including a day at the School of Artisan Food and a couple of nights feasting at Northcote. I hope the next year and decade will be just as good for you.

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  • How exciting, which course are you going on? I would love to go, got one still to take at the Nottinghamshire School, but if honest would rather go on one of theirs. Any of theirs to be honest!

  • I can’t wait to read about your day at the School of Artisan Food – it is just up the road from us and I would love to spend a day there. You might persuade me to do it!

  • Ah…a lovely little post and nice pics. That has made me want to do a 2009 roundup too. Happy New Year and all that.

  • Sounds like you guys will be very busy in 2010 – mind you 2009 has also kept you on your toes no doubt! Really enjoy your blog – thanks for getting me addicted to the blogging world ;0)

  • Sounds like you’ve had a good year and have another one planned. Artisan School looks great, am hoping to be able to go at some point myself.
    Have you been to Northcote before (or the pubs)? They are fantastic. We had a great Sunday lunch there in early 2009 and I love the pubs too. We also went back on 2005 and did the tasting menu – fantastic. I know you’ll enjoy it.
    Looking forward to your blog post in 2010.

  • Bought my boyfreind Pig In a Day at the Artisan School for his Christmas present. Thanks for all the lovely recipes in 2009 and here’s to 2010 and all your foodie resolutions

  • I am in awe of how much you’ve achieved in 2009 – bring on 2010! I loved your interview on BBC Radio Derby and listened to the whole thing on a particularly slow day at work :)

  • ooo sounds like an interesting year ahead and I enjoyed your reflections too…I intend to do that at some point myself. I think it is always good to look back and reflect before moving forward! I have enjoyed reading your blog in 2009 and I suspect I will continue to do so now it is 2010! xxx

  • Hi Jules. I’ve just been given an award for my blog and am now passing it on to you as one of my favourite blogs. To collect the award go to my blog ;0)

  • Mmm, I want to start getting into preserving too – I made my very first chutney for Christmas and that turned out really well!

    Oh, and I’ve blogged an award for you over at my blog – just to let you know I enjoy reading your blog. :)

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