Determined to mend her ways for the year ahead, Jessica Carter shares her gastronomic goals for 2013…
Having shamefully avoided the kitchen for the entire back-end of 2012 and reached first-name terms with the owners of all the restaurants within a half-mile radius, it’s time to end my culinary negligence and spread my chargrilled chicken wings, both at home and on the dining-out scene. I’ve come up with some personal foodie resolutions for 2013 – I’d love to hear yours if you’re also feeling inspired!
1. Actually cook some of the recipes I tear out of magazines instead of finding the discarded cuttings down the side of the sofa two months later. And then leaving them there.
2. Stop overfilling my freezer with almost-out-of-date bargains. Sure, half-price steak is great value – if you were to actually eat it. However, I invariably leave it in the freezer until it frosts over so much I forget what it is and end up throwing it away. Not exactly the steal of the month then, is it?
3. Make more soup. I have definitely starved myself of veg in favour of festive treats lately, and homemade soup is the perfect way to replenish those lost vitamins and keep me full and warm in chilly January. No more extortionately priced and largely disappointing sandwiches for me on my lunch break!
4. Stop substituting ingredients in the kitchen – it never works. This year I’m going to make a point of being organised so I don’t find myself without soy sauce at the crucial moment and try Worcester instead (doesn’t work). Or blending potatoes for a cottage pie in a food processor in the absence of a masher (particularly disastrous).
5. Make the effort to regularly venture out of my neighbourhood – maybe even onto an entirely different street – to try some of the many marvellous restaurants in Bristol. As opposed to rambling on to whoever happens to be nearby, that I really should try it here, ‘sometime’. ‘Sometime’ has arrived my friends.