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A new year

At the beginning of 2011 I made the following food and blog-related resolutions. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

  • Cook from my cookbooks. I did try some new Jamie Oliver recipes this year, but in general a lot of my recipes still came from the internet, not books.
  • Eat dinner at the table at least twice a week. Total fail. We att at the kitchen table when we had company, but other than that we sat and ate together at the table very rarely.
  • Try eating vegan for at least 5 days and raw vegan for at least 3 days. I kind of fulfilled this one. You can read my adventures in raw eating starting here, although I didn’t go full raw because I didn’t need added stress in my life. I never did the 5 days vegan, even though I think that one would be easier. Not sure why I never got around to it!
  • Visit at least six new (to us) restaurants/bars/cafes in Tallinn. Success! We actually visited a ton of new places this year and found some new favorites. I’m really happy we broke out of our restaurant rut!

But now… what to do this year? Here are a few food- and blog-related goals that come to mind right now; I may add more later.

  • Try eating vegan for at least 5 days. I didn’t do it last year but I’d still like to try!
  • Prepare something for our wedding reception in September. I’ve mentioned this goal to J and he said I shouldn’t do it. Perhaps in the week before our wedding when I’m tearing my hair out I’ll agree with him, but right now I feel that I’d like to prepare something like cookies to add to the dessert table or share as favors. I love cooking and baking for people so much that it just feels right to have something homemade to share with our guests.
  • Write blog posts in Estonian and in Finnish. This ties into my overall goal to spend more time working on both languages.

I honestly can’t think of anything else right now! I usually have an idea of what kind of new cooking or baking project I’d like to attempt, but I haven’t had any inspiration recently. Any suggestions? And are you tackling any kitchen goals this year?

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This year

After ringing in the new year last Friday — attending a party full of friends and going out at midnight to pop champagne in front of the Estonia Opera House, where Estonia’s official 2011 kick-off celebration was taking place — we took the rest of the week easy. No jumping into exercise routines or making extreme changes, just a lot of hanging out on the couch watching old episodes of “House”, which was fine by me.

The time around Christmas and New Year’s is so hectic and exhausting that I’m unable to be introspective about the past year, but now that the craziness is over I’ve been able to reflect on 2010 and formulate some goals for the next year. Last year’s (food and blog) goals were to make a custom header (did that!!) and cook from my cookbooks at least once a week. The latter didn’t happen, but I think it was unrealistic. I did still try a lot of new recipes, both from books and from the internet, and I will try to focus more on my cookbooks this year (I have two beautiful Jamie Oliver books now!). These are the food-related goals I came up with for this year:

  • Cook from my cookbooks.

  • Eat dinner at the table at least twice a week. I know this is terrible, but J and I often eat dinner in front of our respective computers, or while watching TV. Our kitchen table becomes a gathering place for clutter. No more! We should keep the table cleared and actually use it for eating.
  • Try eating vegan for at least 5 days and raw vegan for at least 3 days. I don’t intend to adopt either of these diets permanently, but I’m interesting in the challenge of coming up with a menu and also want to see how they make me feel. There are some cool raw recipes I’ve always been curious about, so this will motivate me to try them.
  • Visit at least six new (to us) restaurants/bars/cafes in Tallinn. J and I don’t go out too often, and when we do we tend to stick to places that have cheap beer or certain favorites of ours on the menu. There are plenty of interesting places in this city, and we need to branch out!

This isn’t a topic I usually address on my blog but I wanted to mention it briefly: this is the first year in memory that I haven’t made a weight-related resolution (you know, to lose the proverbial “last five pounds”). I lost a bit of weight this year (thank you, half marathon training) and I don’t know if it’s age, metabolism, lifestyle or all of the above, but I’ve stayed in a place that I’m comfortable with and it’s really refreshing.

Here’s to another year of baking, running, experimenting and exploring! :-)

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Food year resolutions

When my family was visiting, we went out to eat a lot. They were on vacation, and I’m always willing to go out when somebody else is paying :-). (I did make one home-cooked meal for my mother before the holiday rush started, and of course we made a group effort to prepare Christmas dinner. But after that, we were done with the kitchen ;-)).

We went to all kinds of lovely places in Tallinn—African Kitchen, Bestseller, Cafe VS, Clazz…

 

But I don’t really want to write about any of these in detail now, because I didn’t take any pictures. Not one. I’m still not used to whipping out my camera to document my food. I want to make it a habit, and also to get over my fear of people noticing/staring/thinking I’m incredibly odd for staging a photo shoot before I allow myself to eat. Yeah, I’m not a big fan of drawing attention to myself. But I hope that, if the people I eat with the most get used to it and don’t mind, it won’t feel so odd anymore, and the awkwardness of photographing food in public will wear off. I hope. So, that’s my big food-related New Year’s resolution: to get used to taking pictures of my food and to ignore people who think it’s weird.

 

I’d also like to start keeping a wine journal. I am so fascinated by and in love with wine, and it frustrates me to realize I don’t have much of a palate. But that doesn’t mean I can’t make an effort to analyze and document what I’m experiencing, what I like and what I don’t, what might go well with certain foods. In time, I hope to become more perceptive. I also need to find out where one can attend a wine-tasting in Tallinn…

And, naturally, there are certain foods I’d like to try my hand at creating. The two that come to mind first are bread and risotto. And I’d like to make homemade pasta again, though I’ve done that before. Oh, and I want to try to make more Estonian foods… It’s hard to come up with a master list, since every day I see things that inspire me to create them. So let it be a running list, and this is where it starts.

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