Happy New Year! I've never really been one for resolutions, but this year I want to give it a try. Here are some of my Food Resolutions for 2015:
- Host more dinners and at least one brunch. I love entertaining, and I love cooking. For someone who is a classic introvert and struggles to overcome a shy personality, I will say that I always feel in my element when I'm the host. It's probably the only time I'm comfortable coming out of my shell to shine. I truly love it, and I want to make a genuine effort to do it more this year.
- Push myself to try new and more complicated recipes. I've always wanted to make macarons, croissants, and the like, but ended up shying away because they required so much effort and/or seemed so difficult. Well this is the year I conquer that fear!
- Be a better food photographer. Over the last year I think I've gotten more skilled at taking pictures in general, and this year I want to improve even more. Styling, lighting, and composition are all things that I want to master when photographing my food. I also want to invest in props that I can use when I shoot. Overall, I'm hoping 2015 is the year I step up my game, both in the kitchen and behind the lens.
- Dine at one new restaurant per month. Naturally I am a huge foodie, and I have a pretty long bucket list of restaurants that I've barely made a dent in. Sadly, I don't often get the chance to try new spots as often as I'd like to. I know that the trendy places aren't for everyone, especially if you're like Jimmy and don't have the patience for pretension or waiting around. On the flip side, when I really want to eat somewhere then I don't mind putting up with an hour wait. The way I see it, it's nothing a drink or two couldn't cure ;)
- Expand Jimmy's palate. The struggle is real when you constantly want to eat ALL the food, yet your other half is... selective. There are so many things I want to cook and eat that I know wouldn't please both of us, and I'm challenging myself to push the boundaries a bit and expand his horizons. I know that he'll probably never enjoy the taste of chicken liver, but maybe a delicious carbonara will open some of his taste buds. After all, if I've managed to successfully turn him onto brussels sprouts and kale, there's still hope!
Cheers to a tasty 2015! Can't wait to grow, learn, and share my experiences along the way :)