Interestingly enough, the first day of Spring is surprisingly, eye-wateringly, butt freezingly chilly. Nevertheless, my spirits will not be broken because the sun shone bright, for the morning at least.
So, here it is. The new list. Remember that this list is to make me push myself to achieve things I may have never done before, but have always wanted to. It’s like a bucket list, I guess, except I ain’t planning on kicking a bucket anytime soon.
Without further ado, I give you, my peeps, the Spring To Do List.
1. Homemade Baked Beans
Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you have ammunition against your trumpy bum husband. Mister H is Dutch and my second question on our first date is if the Dutch call a ‘Dutch Oven’ a Dutch Oven…….no, they call it farting under the blanket.
I love baked beans, especially smokey, ham hockey tricked up ones, so that is what I have my sights set on this Spring. Good for breakfast, good for lunch, and hell, I’m not even opposed to them for dinner.
2. Make Ricotta
I’d secretly like to make a big, stinky wheel of Blue Brie, but I think I’ll keep it realistic and aim for the easiest of the curd family. I love ricotta. You can eat it straight, stick it on or in pancakes, bake it, stuff cannelloni. Not sure what I’ll do with this one when I’ve achieved said feat, but I’m sure it’ll be delicious.
3. BBQ A Whole Fish
Initially, I was determined not to learn how to turn on the BBQ so it would remain Mister H’s sole responsibility. That lasted about two weeks……now the BBq and I are buddies. I’ve never tackled a whole fish, however, I’ve seen it done, and I’m not scared. My instinct says snapper, because I’m comfortable with that, but maybe that means I need to push it to something I’m not comfortable with???? All shall be revealed……mwah, ha, ha……..
4. Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Rice paper rolls are yummy, and surprisingly easy. If you’ve ever rolled a joint, you’ll be all over it, and if you haven’t, it’s a great way to learn. This must be on the list because it actually has spring in the title.
5. Grow My Own Vegetables
One of the reasons I wanted to move into a house was because I desperately wanted a vege patch…..well, it’s been nearly one whole year and still I have nothing more than some herbs, and to be honest, they’re struggling.
If I don’t get my vege garden built and planted in the next few weeks, I’ll be sticking some tomatoes in a pot. I want to grow thing with my boy. I want him to know where food comes from, and see it grow, little by little, into something we can eat.
6. Cook A Rabbit
I apologise in advance to my bunny loving friends, but I’ve always wanted to cook with a rabbit. I’ve eaten it only a handful of times but I think I should just give it a go once. A nice rich ragout, silky pasta and a glass of red. We can talk in Italian accents and pretend we’re peasants. Bellisima!
7. Make Mini-Cheesecakes
Mrs Wilson used to make me delectable little cheesecakes that were to die for. Yeah, I miss her, but I really miss her cheesecakes. I’ve never actually made a baked cheesecake in my life. How hard can it be? Then I’ll have an entire batch to eat too. Bring that shizzle on.
8. A Backyard Picnic With Friends
Nothing, but nothing, says Spring like a picnic! I love picnics. Admittedly, they were more relaxing before toddlerville, when i could neck a bottle if champers and not have to watch out for anyone taking a bite directly from the cheese wheel. D Man is into everything within hands reach and a picnic is no exception, but I’m imagining a rug under our South Australian Honey Myrtle in the garden and everyone talking like the Great Gatsby……in reality I realise it’ll be more like a fly swatting extrava-ma-ganza, but I like to be optimistic.
9. Cook American Style Ribs
Homemade Hurricane’s. Need I say more?
10. Make My Own Bloody Croissants
I’m going into Spring with a sense of zeal. I reckon this season will be my season…….