It’s a new year and there is a full year of glorious food ahead of us. We may have ended the past year with a few weeks of holiday feasting and more cake and pudding than is sensible, but it’s time to wipe that slate clean and think of the all the upcoming eating and drinking opportunities.
There’s no doubt that there will be many of us vowing a healthier year of hitting the gym and eating better. It’s true that we should all be looking after our bodies to ensure that they will serve us well for a long time to come, however, that also sounds boring as all hell. Eating can be an adventure in itself, and it’s much more exciting to be trying new things rather than chomping on bran flakes and salads.
Here are my food resolutions for the new year.
I resolve to cook more and eat out less
I know that the food I have when eating out tends to be higher in fat, salt and sugar than home cooked meals, so a good start to healthy new year eating is to cook at home more. I will know exactly what has gone into my meals and how fresh the ingredients are.
There’s a reason why that creamy mashed potato accompanying my pub meal is so damn delicious and that’s because there’s half a block of butter and a cup of cream in it. There’s no way that I would replicate that at home because the conscious act of adding all that butter and cream would give me a heart attack before the mash could.
I resolve to cook a new recipe every week
I think of myself as an adventurous eater but not an overly adventurous cook. I tend to stick to my tried and true regular meals and only try a new recipe every now and then. The thing is that I have shelves full of colourful and inspiring recipe books that I seemingly use more for food porn than practical cooking guidance and suggestions. Poor Jamie Oliver, Damien Pignolet, Gordon Ramsey and Bill Granger have been very neglected in my household.
In the spirit of new year and new food adventures, cooking a new recipe each week will force me to expand my cooking repertoire and skills. At the same time, I’d like my dad to teach me how to cook all my favourite dishes from my childhood, in particular, his steamed gowgee dumplings.
I resolve to entertain more
Cooking for yourself can be relaxing, but cooking for others can be hugely rewarding, satisfying and deeply pleasurable (after you get past the stress!). There’s nothing more enjoyable for me than gathering friends and family around a table full of good food, with interesting conversation flowing from bottle after bottle of good wine. Of course it’s even better when you’ve made the meal yourself.
Lunch and dinner parties are also a nice way to properly catch up with your loved ones and your favourite friends, and if you’re in your own home you have the advantage of being able drink as much wine as you like without needing to drive home under the influence! And it’s a fabulous way to show off your new found cooking skills.
What are your new year food resolutions?