It's actually past the time that I should have made my New Year's resolutions. But just because we're well into January, doesn't mean that I haven't stopped thinking about things I'd like to do this year. And especially since I've had time to read all the blogs and articles and Twitter postings about resolutions, I feel I've had time to give it a little thought. So here are 5 things I'd like to do or change or add to my life in 2010... all food related, of course.
1. Learn to Make Yogurt. I did actually attempt it once last October during my Eat Local Challenge, but it didn't turn out. I love the texture and taste of Greek yogurt, so that is my goal. And if I can get my hands on some local goat milk, I might be tempted to try to make goat's milk yogurt. All things are possible.
2. Read One of Elizabeth David's Cookbooks. For some reason, I have managed to get this far without owning or reading any of Elizabeth David's classic books on French, Italian and Mediterranean food. She's considered one of the foremost writers on food in the 20th century, and someone I really should have in my library. She's written "French Provincial Cooking," "Italian Food," "A Book of Mediterranean Food," and "Is There a Nutmeg in the House?" which I would read for the title alone.
3. Grow More Herbs and Vegetables. Currently the little bed of herbs in my garden looks like a neglected overgrown patch of natural selection experiments. The oregano has driven out a number of other weaker companions, the curry plant has turned into a curry hedge and the lemon verbena is about 8 feet tall and leggy. I find myself always needing a little more of some herb or another that is not in my garden. I'd like to add tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos to my plot because those are things that are handy to have on hand (especially when making posole), as well as more Italian parsley, sage, chervil, dill and a few varieties of basil.
4. Avoid Plastic. I know that it will be just about impossible to eliminate plastic entirely from my life, but with all the concerns being raised about plastic leaching into our food, not to mention the landfill problems it creates, I would like to get rid of as much of it as I can. I'm also concerned about the lining on canned foods, and I've already started avoiding all canned food. I gave most of my plastic reusable containers to my husband to store hardware and supplies. Instead I'm using glass bowls with plastic lids - yes, that's still plastic, but at least the lids don't come in contact with the food. The upside is that glass looks better and cleans more easily. I'd also like to reduce the number of plastic produce bags that I use by getting a set of cloth produce bags, like these.
5. Take More Photos of Food and Blog More! It seems like 2009 really got away from me in terms of blogging. One of my problems was purely technical: when I upgraded my operating system, the image upload in my blogging software stopped working. I've figured that out now, but it's still hard to get back in the groove. So, I plan to keep a camera in the kitchen to make it easier to take photos of what I'm cooking. When I have good photos of food, it's always an inspiration to blog. And one of our Edible Santa Barbara writers and recipe editor, Nancy Oster, will hopefully join again on the Edible Santa Barbara blog. Also my cousin has a new blog called "I Don't Cook, But My Boyfriend Does!" so maybe I can talk her into being a guest blogger once in a while.
Here's to a delicious and satisfying 2010 - Cheers!