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Posted on January 7, 2020 at 4:25 AM

Nick’s 60th Challenge

At midnight during our New Year celebrations in the Pavilion, with Jools Holland’s Hootenanay on in the background, Suzi presented me with my 60th year challenge. Admittedly I am not yet in my 60th year – that comes in about 7 weeks – but the slip of paper contained 60 challenges. I had long bemoaned that whilst I can cook to a reasonable level, my skills centred around a few key basics and baking.


The challenge was designed to stretch my knowledge and skills and to introduce ideas, recipes and food I had never heard of, let alone cook. The challenge requires a weekly dish to be produced. In some cases, such as in sugar work, the skills will have to be put into a dish of my choice.

What on earth is Bulgogi or Luqaimat? Part of the challenge means that I must research the dishes, look at their histories and select a recipe from the myriad of recipes available. So I am going to produce a weekly blog of the background and preparation and the result with photos and videos, as well as reviews from my biggest critic - Suzi!


Why do this? Good question! Mainly because I want to stretch myself and because sometimes we eat out and think ‘We could have done that better at home’ and I want to make that true more often!

It’s also about lifestyle. As one approaches a big milestone, I want to make sure that the second half of my life(!!) is as good as the first and this is just part of making sure that in 2020 and 2021 I move forward, physically and mentally. Having had a major scare in 2019 I want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, and I don’t unduly stress my loved ones.

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10 Comments

Reply Mary
6:13 AM on January 7, 2020 
What a brilliant idea.
Good luck.
Reply Mum
8:29 AM on January 7, 2020 
Good luck with that. I could do with a challange fir the second half of my life. Any suggestions.???
Reply Charlotte
4:17 PM on January 7, 2020 
Good luck...a fabulous challenge!
Reply Steff Head Chef / Proprietor
4:25 PM on January 7, 2020 
This is a great idea! Any help you need with seafood including any foraging on the shores for razor clams, cockles, Samphire, and much more give us a call.
Good Luck!
Reply ★ Owner
11:32 AM on January 8, 2020 
Mary says...
Thanks so much! xx
What a brilliant idea.
Good luck.
Reply ★ Owner
11:33 AM on January 8, 2020 
Will give it some thought! x
Mum says...
Good luck with that. I could do with a challange fir the second half of my life. Any suggestions.???
Reply ★ Owner
11:34 AM on January 8, 2020 
Thanks! x
Charlotte says...
Good luck...a fabulous challenge!
Reply ★ Owner
11:35 AM on January 8, 2020 
Thanks, Steff
That's brilliant - and I will.
I'll pop by some time - I was going to ask if you had spare lobster heads, etc., for bisque.
Nick
Steff Head Chef / Proprietor says...
This is a great idea! Any help you need with seafood including any foraging on the shores for razor clams, cockles, Samphire, and much more give us a call.
Good Luck!
Reply Suzanna Grenfell-Marten
11:38 AM on January 8, 2020 
Biggest fan too! Pob lwc! xxx
Reply ★ Owner
11:43 AM on January 8, 2020 
Thanks! XX
Suzanna Grenfell-Marten says...
Biggest fan too! Pob lwc! xxx