I hadn’t been on in a while. No real reason, the motivation just wasn’t there. I did manage to make a few dishes to mix things up on my break. We have been home more than we normally would be this past year and things had gotten a bit humdrum in the kitchen.
The holidays had come and gone, I found myself not feeling so enthusiastic this past season. Christmas was a simple meal of Cranberry Roast Pork which the family enjoyed but things just didn’t feel the same as I’m sure many have experienced as well. It is just hard to feel joyous during a pandemic.
I spent some of my time off baking breads, rolls and biscuits, and found an amazing recipe for homemade English style Fish & Chips that was over the moon. We turned out some pretty nice homemade pizza and even made some old time candy too. I’ll share these in the weeks to come.
For New Year’s Eve we decided to start a new cooking adventure. Something I had wanted for quite a while we purchased a Hot Pot. We really enjoy making Asian style dishes at home. I guess the recipes are not necessarily traditional and are probably more American versions but we enjoy it just the same.
My husband and I went to the Asian grocery store, purchased the Hot Pot, an assortment of vegetables, and thinly sliced meat (beef) for shabu-shabu, tofu and small dumplings for the soup.
It was an evening of fun for the both of us. I know we will be planning more Hot Pot dinners in the future.
Here is the list of Ingredients I used:
The beef based broth used was from a packet purchased at the Asian Market
- Napa Cabbage
- Baby Bok Choy
- An assortment of Enoki, Oyster, and Shitake Mushrooms
- Snow Peas
- Green onion
- Beef specially sliced for quick cooking in the Hot Pot
An assortment of small frozen dumplings
I hope you will have your own cooking adventures in 2021
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!