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31 May 2013 haven’t taken any photos of my recent Donna Hay creations.
It’s been all about the cooking and eating.
Please accept this sexy, curvy eggplant by way of visual pleasure and apology. ;)

  • I suspect there will be a home run of desserts only at the end! I’m making them mostly at half quantities (such a health conscious goody two shoes).
  • I’m enjoying the challenge and home cooked health so much that we’ve gone from eating out 4 times a week to 1-2 times a week.
  • I substitute fresh produce based on seasonal availability or gluten-free alternatives.
  • A nutritionist friend doesn’t like that the styling can include different foods or methods of cooking that creates an unrealistic expectation. Apparently Donna Hay is a food stylist by profession…
  • Which means she has recipe creators and yet I still refer to things as “Donna uses this… Donna seems to like that…” It feels a little Julie & Julia.:)
  • Some of the recipes are not filling enough for us and I double salad or vegetable quantities. Plus, I like leftovers for an easy lunch the next day.
  • There are a few recipes I won’t be making again – I’ll give the final totals when I’m finished.
  • I hit my chicken-overload levels a week ago and needed a break! There definitely seems to be a focus on chicken above other animal meats.
  • I don’t like using too many bottled sauces, so lately I’ve been finding alternatives. For example, instead of a jar of curry paste, I used dried herbs and spices with some oil.
  • 113 recipes completed, 50 to go!


Cooking Club:
From River’s EdgeDown by the SeaExplody FullJuanita Tortilla

5 Responses
  1. May 31, 2013

    Wow, you are powering through! x

  2. May 31, 2013

    113 recipes, wow. There is something to be said about my commitment — I am too flighty, when it comes to recipe books.

  3. Megan permalink
    June 1, 2013

    Always happy to see a luscious looking eggplant – one of my favourite meals is eggplant parmigiana :)
    It must be very satisfying that you have enjoyed this challenge so much and have reduced by half the number of meals out.
    You mentioned that there were some recipes you wouldn’t make again but I’m sure we’d all love to hear which ones you enjoyed making (and eating!) most of all.

  4. June 1, 2013

    113 in less than 6 months that is VERY impressive!! Have you found you have learned a lot of new techniques and food pairings as part of this exercise?

    (Another reason I would never be able to do this challenge – as a general rule I don’t eat chicken – too generic!)

  5. June 3, 2013

    I am so impressed by how many recipes you have tried you seem to have left the rest of us some way behind! Are you working through the book page by page?
    Sarah x

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