Happy New Year!
I like to start every new year with some new goals – a chance to start a fresh, finally get round to things I’ve been trying to achieve for ever. I actually think there is no reason why the year has to change for a new goal to be set. Let’s start each and every day with hopeful renewed positivity and optimism!
Rather than focus on giving stuff up (other than sugar which is a story for another post), this year I have decided to compile a list of things I should do more or of new things to try.
Firstly, today I started the new year with something I have been trying to do for ages. I went for a long walk around my local area (where I have lived for the best part of a year) to finally go see this view of London. Stunning.
As well as exploring where I live a little more, and trying to be be more decisive (worlds worst decision maker me) I have also made list of some foodie resolutions. Some are quite simple, and should be achieved by the end of January – some on the other hand may take me until next December…
Here are my 10
- Buy a slow cooker. OK so I’m cheating a bit. I bought one in the sales 2 days ago…
- Use above slow cooker to make my own stock on a regular basis. I started making my own stock last year, and I can’t even explain in simple terms the taste difference using your own stock in stews and soups. Now that I’m the proud owner of a slow cooker the aim to do this more often rather than leaving chicken carcasses in the freezer for months. I’d also like to find a butcher that will supply me with bones on a regular basis.
- Visit Yotam Ottolenghi‘s restaurant. This is an easy one. I’ve been admiring his cooking for such a long time it seems a crime that I haven’t yet visited any of his restaurants.
- Make pulled pork or pulled lamb. When you roast a large joint on slow for hours, then the meat is so tender it just pulls off. You can even do this in a slow cooker. Bonus.
- Make my own Harissa paste. Not difficult, or even a big effort. Just do it! Same goes for Salsa Verdi and Mayonnaise.
- Ferment some vegetables. Maybe cucumbers or even sauerkraut. Fermented vegetables are great for your gut flora, and I have been researching recipes to do this for yonks… There is a great list of recipes on this website.
- Make kefir. I’ve been harping on about kefir (fermented milk) for ages, yet I still haven’t made my own…
- Revisit my Welsh roots with some nationalistic cooking. My brother brought me a gorgeous Welsh Recipe Book for Christmas with lots of ideas, and I want to enjoy the cooking as well as exploring the history behind the ingredients used.
- Cook a proper curry from scratch. I don’t do this often enough. I’ll have to expand the library of spices in my cupboard, and let go of the basil and pine nuts for a bit though! There are some great recipes on blogs by Pukka Paki and Cook in a Curry I want to try.
- Use more turmeric in my cooking. Turmeric, is anti-inflammatory and a powerful natural medicine I know this, and I have a large pot in the cupboard, yet rarely use it.
What are you new years resolutions? Have any foodie related ones?