A list of food-related things I’ll be trying to do in 2011, you know, if I feel like it and stuff.

I’m not a resolution-maker. This has more to do with my fear of failure than anything else; but also includes the fact that my personality dictates that when I decide to do something, I just do it — no waiting until January 1st, or the urge will fall by the wayside. So I give you this vaguely-defined “list,” rather than a set of “resolutions.”

This also means that you can’t hold me to any of them. See how well that works?

In the next twelve or so months, I would like to:

  1. work in earnest on the (at times) deplorable diets of my three young children. Especially the youngest, our two-year old who by the very fact of being our third has already learned how to subsist on a diet composed primarily of dairy, grains, and cookies.
  2. make a habit of taking my cod liver oil each and every day, not just the days where I open the refrigerator and my eyes happen to land on the lonely bottle. If I’m gonna hit 40 soon, I want to do so with fervor.
  3. related: invest in eating good fish, more regularly. This will be pricey, so a plan is needed.
  4. kind of related: try my hand at making sushi. It would help if I hadn’t just given away that old sushi cookbook at the White Elephant Christmas party. Though, I think Emily ended up with it, so maybe she’d be willing to share?
  5. exercise more. I know that has nothing to do with food, but isn’t it on everyone’s nebulous list?
  6. catch my own sourdough starter.
  7. get back into making fermented beverages, preferably without moldy scobies.
  8. grow a real garden. Not exactly sure what will define “real,” but I hope I’ll know it when I see it.
  9. can my own tomatoes. This is heavily dependent on #8.
  10. teach someone how to make bread. Someone who actually wants to know how, not just a random person whom I hold captive in my kitchen.
  11. get my kitchen groove back. This is dependent on getting that good feng shui (the window is in our basement, ready for installation — we just need a little more cash for a backsplash and some time to make the magic happen).
  12. have one week, very soon, where we eat nothing but the contents of our freezer. It’s like a very cold episode of Hoarders right now.

That’s it for now, though I’m sure I’ll be adding to the list.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some black-eyed peas to soak. It’s true that I don’t believe luck will have anything to do with my deciding, at my will, to actually do the things on this list; but it never hurts to start a year with smoked meat, beans, and greens.

Happy New Year! (And if you know me personally, or even if you don’t, I wouldn’t do you bodily harm if you happened to nonchalantly ask me about one of the things on this list. Just so I could be reminded that I actually thought about this stuff at one point.)

8 thoughts on “A list of food-related things I’ll be trying to do in 2011, you know, if I feel like it and stuff.

  1. 1. At least there is more to her diet than Cheerios and PB&J sandwiches, which is all I wanted to eat until I was 18.

    4. I, too, would love to be able to make sushi. I just don’t think we have the grade of fish locally that I would need to do that.

    5. Signing up for personal training at the gym NEXT WEEK.

    9. Jerry would be SO THRILLED if I started doing that. He could live the rest of his life solely on tomatoes and tomato based dishes.

    Btw, what is your soaking/cooking process with peas?

    1. 1. Yeah, well, that’s where we’re headed if there’s not a serious intervention.

      4. You can always do the non-fish kind.

      9. Do it! It’s easy, if you have the tomatoes.

      I do the Hoppin’ John recipe from The Joy of Cooking, but with a few adaptations. I soak the peas for 24 hours in warm water before cooking. Then top it all with collards and vinegar.

  2. If I lived close I would love to know how to make better bread. I make a good white bread – 50% of the time. I really want to know how to make really good whole wheat bread.

    I love sushi

    Happy New Year!

    1. Jane, I wish you could come do a bread day!

      I actually donated a personal bread-making class to my son’s preschool’s Silent Auction last year, and no one bid on it! (At the time I was somewhat relieved, b/c we were moving soon and I had no idea when I’d do the class — but still, I was perplexed at the utter lack of interest in making bread.)

  3. What timing! I just bookmarked an entire series on Serious Eats about making your own sourdough starter and I’m equally excited and petrified about the process. Teach me, wise one. I could pay you in green bean seeds I saved my last year’s garden. You know, to help with #8.

    Happy New Year, friend.

    1. It’s a deal!

      There’s a lady who sells sourdough at the IWFM, and she was encouraging me, saying it can be done in winter by using your oven’s pilot light. We’ll see — I tried it once using the Nourishing Traditions method, and it didn’t work — but I might have just not given it enough time.

      Happy New Year to you too! Time for a dance-off, isn’t it?

  4. I hear a sushi making party! Many (clean) hands make light work, let’s do it.

    And I’ll be your bread girl. Aside from the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day way I make bread, I’m clueless.

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