So I finally cracked and bought a waffle iron in January. I’ve wanted one since I was born (well, the last couple of years anyway) and there are a couple of fancy ones I’d had an eye on. As someone that can’t justify spending £100 on a waffle iron though I finally had to bite the bullet and get one down the bottom end of the range. I now don’t know why I waited so long. Yeah it only cost £27 and it doesn’t latch close but now I get waffles whenever the hell I want them, and I warn you, that means there’s going to be an inordinate amount of waffles pictures of instagram for the next few months (and years).
Oh man January started quietly but finished incredibly busy. It meant that a couple of posts I had planned in for the month didn’t happen when they were supposed to, so that means you’re going to hear all about my Christmas in February. To be fair it’s not really about Christmas, and more about the time I spent up on the Isle of Mull, which just happened to be over Christmas. If you’ve read my blog in the past you know that it’s where my parents live, and you’ll also know that over Christmas it has a habit of being pretty dreadful weather. From hurricane force winds through to torrential rain it generally means that I spend more time indoors there than I usually do, with less walks, more cooking and baking and generally hiding away from the elements. On this trip I didn’t even really get outside until Boxing Day, but it ended up being one of the more stunning, if short, walks I’ve done on the island. This was mainly down to the weather actually adding to the scenery. I’m ahead of myself though.
I love Sriracha, I’ve said this before and I’ll probably say it again. I’m one of those annoying types who says things like ‘if I could I’d put sriracha on everything’. And I’ve put it on a lot, from sriracha ribs (sorry, any vegans/veggies reading this) and glazed tofu through to popcorn. It has a flavour under the warmth that compliments a lot of dishes. A few months ago I was put onto this peanut sriracha soup recipe by my friend Tiffanni and since then I’ve made it almost monthly. It’s really quick, perfect for a mid week meal, only needs a small selection of ingredients and includes two of my favourite flavours in sriracha and peanut butter.
We are well into January now and I am well into another year of ignoring everything about ‘clean eating’ and ‘detox’, as we all know how garbage that is. I won’t get into it here. The year even started with a Lemon Meringue Pie sat in the fridge waiting for us. It was Maddie’s Birthday on NYE, and Lemon Meringue Pie is her favourite dessert. I’ve been putting off making it for a long time, as (admission) I’ve never made meringue. Couple that with never having made curd either and it all seemed a bit daunting. But, for her Birthday, I was determined to make it, even if I failed in a a blaze of glory and bad meringue.
It’s January and after taking a look back over 2016 as a whole, it’s time to remember the best places I ate in December of 2016. December is notoriously filled with food and a lot of places do whole ranges of Christmas themed specials however, with a visit from my family for my mum’s birthday and a few meetings with friends who didn’t want yet another Christmas burger, I actually ate out at a bunch of great places that I’ll happily talk about in January. That’s not to say I didn’t eat my body weight in Christmas burgers (notably the fried camembert one from Honest Burger), but with these round ups I like to keep it as something you can go out and eat yourself, and as this is looking back at a previous month it’s only right to pick out the non-Christmas-specific places.