While the rest of the world is planning to ditch alcohol and make the gym a daily ritual, I look at a new year as an opportunity to eat delicious things and explore the world – all the while searching for more delicious things to eat of course. So this is what I wish for my 2016:
#1 More cocktail drinking. I’m keen to actually make more cocktails as well as just drink them – after all it’s an art form. So this year I pledge to invest in the proper bartender’s kit as I only have a dodgy cocktail shaker at the moment, which has been known to fling drops of pisco sour around my kitchen.
#2 Last year was up there in the exciting foodie travel stakes – I discovered the cuisines of Transylvania, Iceland and Poland, amongst other places. Next year I want to up the ante – will it be okonomiyaki from Japan or feijoada from Brazil? Who knows – stay tuned!
#3 Make my spanakopita taste like yiayia’s. Okay we all know this is an impossible task and never going to happen. But one can always dream, right?
#4 Find a use for the plethora of liquorice items I have in my cupboard. If anyone has any suggestions then please let me know, otherwise my dad will be getting a liquorice-flavoured dessert on his birthday for the rest of his life.
#5 Go to more food markets. I already dip into a few around town but it’s not enough. A new one has just opened in my suburb. So expect to see me there every Saturday morning… at 11.59am…
#6 Go truffle hunting again but this time two months earlier than I did this year – I want to go bang in the middle of the season so I collect a truly impressive haul.
#7 Eat more purple food. It’s good for you, right?
#8 Win the office guac off. I wasn’t in the top three this year because my garnish was allegedly ‘lazy’. It was rustic!What do celebrity judges know anyway? Watch out for a killer garnish in 2016 people.
#9 Get my hands on more miguelito. Anyone going to Mexico per chance?
#10 Meet Nigella. Wait, I already did that! But I’ll do it again, along with thousands of other screaming Aussie fans in January at the Opera House. Wohoo!
#11 Bake more. It soothes the soul.
#12 Grow more edible plants. I am mighty proud of my current ‘garden kitchen’ situation but it’s largely thanks to trimming sessions by both mum and yiayia. I hope that 2016 brings me less caterpillars and more sense to know what to do with them. A shout out to Peter and Soph for buying me herbs for Christmas – you’ll be happy to know they are still alive!
#13 Give more love to my blog. Because I really enjoy writing for it and get an even bigger kick out of the fact that you like to read it. Thanks for the love, see you in 2016!