the last recipe
chocolate hot pot & my husband’s salted caramel ice-cream
Victory lap! I’m finished! Every single recipe from Donna Hay’s Fast Fresh Simple has been cooked. I completed the last savoury recipe in July and as suspected, headed towards the finish line with about 15 desserts in a row. I have made more desserts this year than I have made in my whole life!
163 recipes – 121 savoury & 42 sweet.
3 recipes made prior to challenge.
5 recipes made by my husband & some others a fun team effort.
49 recipes were rated with capital YUM to definitely be made again.
18 ingredients used for the first time.
I don’t like eating too many bottled sauces so they were substituted sometimes.
I used gluten-free substitutes most of the time.
I got a bit sick of chicken after eating it in 30 recipes!
Some recipes look quicker because the “serve with” foods are not included in the cooking instructions.
There were a few bland recipes.
I don’t like doubling up pasta & breadcrumbs in one dish. Too many carbs.
The tv shows or videos on the Donna Hay website share extra hints to improve the recipes.
The emphasis on food styled, attractive images inspires me to cook the dish.
Some meals were not generous in size so needed doubling.
Yes, I had a couple of failures too!
Standouts (recipes made without modifications):
Chorizo, Spinach & Ricotta Frittata
Fig & Gorgonzola Tart
Orecchietti with Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta
Chicken Waldorf Salad
Cider Roasted Pork Belly with Fennel
Spice Roasted Ribs
Moroccan Cous Cous with Spiced Chicken
Roasted Potato Salad with Fetta & Mint
Roasted Cauliflower & Hazelnut Salad
Mango & Banana Yoghurt Gelato
No Fuss Banana Caramel Pudding
Baked Whole Lemon Pudding
Cheat’s Raspberry Brulee
Lemon Yoghurt Cake
The accomplishment of this goal feels really good. These months have brought on more confidence in the kitchen, precious times around the table and interesting conversations. And that feeling of empowerment from expanding one’s cooking skills, knowing more about what we’re eating, nurturing loved ones, create memories around the table, providing health and pleasure. The love of putting a plate in front of my husband when he comes home from work. The satisfaction of improving even as my eyes deteriorate – I wonder if I can claim the title of being the first legally blind person to complete the whole book?!? The idea for this challenge came about shortly after christmas when I was chatting with my husband about the need for a new personal project. Many of our friends are having children and we talked about wanting to have them in our lives as the years go by even as our journeys differ. My supportive, wise husband said, “People love & have to eat food and that is powerful in bringing them together around a table. Our table. Why don’t you make every recipe from a book in a year?”. Challenge accepted. Thank you, love of my life, my favourite, my teammate, my taste tester.
When I set my mind to something, I kind of run with it fully. I’ve completed it in 9 months. Thank you for joining and cheering me along the way. It’s been heart-warming knowing some of you took it on for your own self-paced challenges too. I truly hope it’s bringing you joy, laughs at the table and contentment in the mind and belly From River’s Edge – Down by the Sea – Explody Full – Juanita Tortilla. I hope others are inspired to start their own personal cooking projects and please do share with me if you do. I will be continuing to work my way through our 17 recipe books to clear out any uninspiring books and capture love and life on a plate. This has been such an enriching journey.