I received a message earlier this week from Diane of Lifestyle Filter asking if I'd like to contribute to a column she is writing on resolutions. I really like the idea of taking some time for a little soul-searching at the end of the calendar year. What did I resolve to do last year? Did I follow through on any of my resolutions? If not, why not?
Well, last year I wrote the following:
With the start of the new year, I've been contemplating some food resolutions. Most of them involve firming up some practices I already try to keep: cleaning the kitchen more often, buying only produce that is in season and grown locally, feeding the worms more often instead of just throwing away vegetable waste (I'm very lazy about taking compost out to the worms in cold weather).
My only new exciting resolution is this: to try at least one new food experience each week.
Well, I didn't do very well in 2005. My kitchen is still always messy. The worms are hungry in cold weather. Although I tried a few new foods, there is no way there were 52 of them. I did finally start going regularly to the organic market (thanks to the help and encouragement of Clotilde!), so buying food in season and locally grown was easier. I have broken down recently on the "locally grown" factor simply because the Boy gets tired of apples and pears for months on end and anyway the doctor prescribed bananas for a bout of gastric problems.
The problem with most resolutions is that they are either so ambitious that you will never follow through on them (finding something new each and every week) or they are based on a result, not a process (keeping the kitchen clean). Last year, I didn't give myself a way to keep the kitchen clean. So this year, I'm going to try something new and resolve to make reasonable changes in habit and a couple of goals that can be achieved in a day. For 2006, I resolve:
1) To clean the kitchen each night before going to bed.
2) To continue going to the organic market on average twice a month.
3) To stop using the fact that my Austrian grandmother is no longer around to teach me as an excuse for not learning how to make an apfel strudel.
4) To make a puff pastry from scratch.
5) To make bread at least once a month and use some exciting grains once in a while.
And as a follow on (and in response to David Lebovitz's famous Confessions a few moths ago) I have the following culinary confessions:
1) I have never cooked with a truffle.
2) I use store-bought pie crusts. Frequently.
3) We order from Domino's about twice a month.
Might have to work a bit on those too...
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2006 for a healthy and prosperous new year!