A year ago I made a list of 10 foodie resolutions, a to-make list for cooking if you like. I almost kept to them, so this year I’ve decided to make some more.
I’ve just returned from an inspiring New Years yoga retreat near Santa Cruz and the Redwoods of Northern California, which followed a Christmas vacation in New York – What a contrast! Neither gave me much time for writing new recipes, but both offered good times, inspirational views, yoga (Thanks to Strala and Pete G Yoga), a good rest, contemplation, delicious food and ample time to lull over my foodie resolutions for 2014.
So without further a do… Here they are;
- I’ve really got to start buying the whole chicken again. I”m once again just buying the thighs for simplicity, but this was a total pain when I got a cold last month and didn’t have any quick access to chicken stock to make up some super fighting soup! Buying whole chickens is always the most economical option too.
- Explore a new cuisine. Peruvian food has been on the up for a while, and since I’ve really enjoyed Ceviche a few times recently I should make it a priority to work on my own recipe for the blog.
- Cook with seaweed – dulse, nori, kombu, wakame, arame, hijiki more regularly. Seaweed is super super amazingly nutritious and so underrated!
- Eat at Chez Panisse. The epicentre of Californian cuisine, and the farm to table locavore movement. Its practically where it began thanks to Alice Walters. I can’t leave California in 2 months time without going. It would just be be rude.
- Mindfulness when eating. Which means no laptop or phone or instagramming my food mid dinner. It means paying attention to food, this means savouring all the flavours that I’ve usually spent some time preparing. it means realising when I’m full and not reaching for seconds. This is hard!
- Eat less sugar. I do pretty well on this front, since white sugar is barely present in my diet (other than in dark chocolate and the odd shop bought gluten-free cake or other naughty dessert), but having just read The Sugar Blues – a fascinating read by William Duffy, I am determined to be a little more aware of how much I am eating when its not treat day…
- Read more foodie and nutrition books instead of wasting time faffing on the internet. Recent favourites of mine have included Wheat Belly (can you guess what its about?), A book on eating mindfully, and a very enjoyable read of Inside the California Food Revolution by Joyce Goldstein, (as well as The Sugar Blues which I’ve already mentioned). I’ve enjoyed each and every book and each has inspired me just that little bit more!
- Make these Plantain Tortillas invented by Simone from Zenbelly. Been on the to make list for a while, and since I’ve been indulging in many corn tortillas of late it (Mexican food is so big in Cali) it would be fab to make these at home instead!
- & 10. Since I can’t think of anymore I’ll cheat and add the two I didn’t quite complete from last year (8 out of 10 isn’t bad!) – Make harissa paste from scratch & make my own Kefir (cultured probiotic milk).
Plus it goes without saying I’d like to drink more water, less coffee, more herbal tea, spend less time wasting time on facebook and last but not least – buy an alarm clock so that my phone can stay outta my sleeping place! Yes this year its all about self improvement 🙂
How do you think I’ll do?
What are your foodie resolutions?? Did you keep to any you made last year?