2015 had its ups and its downs. A rough year in many ways; a beautiful year in others. But enough about that – today we’re starting a fresh, new year with new possibilities to be harnessed! I’m optimistic about what lies ahead in 2016, what adventures I’ll have, what images I’ll capture, what new lessons I’ll learn. And I’m excited about what the kitchen will hold!
With my great love of food, I have a list of New Year’s resolutions that center on culinary innovation, learning, my favorite books to devour, and excitement for what lies ahead this year!
In 2015, I decided to return to vegetarianism. I was a vegetarian for 10 years – from ages 15 to 25 – but fell back into the meat chomping of my younger years. This year, I decided to embrace the plant-based and nix the flesh once again. My resolution for 2016 is to continue to broaden my veggie lovin’ palate with new creations and new cooking techniques. For example, I want to explore quinoa more and start making more homemade vinaigrettes. (No, I’m not taking down the few recipes with meat in them here, but I’ll be focusing solely on plant-based fare moving forward.)
Let Loose with Juice
I’ve been spending a great deal of time researching making smoothies from fresh produce. I’ve been reading books like Green Smoothies – check this one out, such a great cookbook! – and others to learn all the best tricks and refine my own smoothie making. In 2016, I want to make more smoothies, especially in the summer when my garden is green, lush, and producing!
Boom, Boom, Bread!
I’m a great lover of quick breads and bundt dough, but I haven’t spent a great deal of time working on more artisanal breads. I want to dive into that side of baking. I read the Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook in 2015 for multicultural inspiration as I embark on my bread baking journey, and it provoked my excitement surrounding making hearty, delicious breads and stepping out of my quick bread comfort zone.
This year, I want to really push myself to have the best garden yet! 2015 was a great gardening year with plump watermelons, more squash than we could eat or give away, and a tomato explosion! In 2016, I want to explore berries more and try to explain our fruit crops. And more lettuce variety. I’m ready to conquer the soil this summer!
Breakfast Comes First
I was not a breakfast fan most of my life, and today, I’ve changed my outlook but am still known to just drink a coffee or chai latte and move on with my day. I was denying myself one of eating’s greatest pleasures: a bountiful breakfast. In 2015, I harnessed a new love for oatmeal with lots of fresh berries, a hint of maple syrup, and a handful of flax seeds. This year, I want to continue exploring and further developing a love for breakfast – and always carving out time for this meal everyday.
Happy 2016 to all my readers, and thank you for starting a new year with me and my writings and photography on Flour and Fancy.