2009 Resolutions

Posted By Kerri

Generally, I’m not one for making resolutions.  January can seem like such a dull month after the excitement of Christmas: it’s cold, the days are short and most people are inevitably trying to eat healthily after the excesses of the previous month.  It just doesn’t seem like the right time to go on a diet/get fit/give up drinking.  The shininess of a new year does seem the right time to make interesting food plans though, hence the post.

Be more intuitive – create more dishes from scratch rather than rely so heavily on recipes and classic combinations.  Spend more time thinking about flavours and how they could work together to form a dish.

Refine – spend some time perfecting dishes that we love and recording them.

Record – I started recording all our recipes in a Moleskine notebook but didn’t finish it.  I love the idea of creating our own recipe book and adding to it as we master new dishes, it’s just laziness that stops me.

Present – the tripod and light that we bought recently has made a big difference to the quality of our pictures yet we still tend to rely on tried and tested presentation techniques.  Learn how to use the camera to it’s full potential and create more interesting pictures.

Better baking – every year I quietly resolve to get over my fear of baking.  We made good progress with this last year but there is still a lot of work to do.  It would be sensible to master bread too as we eat a fair amount of it.

Socialise – we’ve ‘met’ a lot of interesting people through the medium of food blogging, some of them we’ve even met in real life! Doing more of that in 2009 would be a good thing.

Plan – we eat out a fair amount, sometimes because neither of us feel like cooking and sometimes just because we fancy it.  Often we go back to our favourite restaurants for comfort or for convenience, a little extra planning though means we could eat in a bigger variety of restaurants and could start checking some off the “to visit” list.

Be braver – we very rarely photograph the food we eat in restaurants either because we’re too shy to get the camera out or because we’ve left the camera at home.  It’s a shame not to have a record of those meals so we both need to be braver (or drink more wine!)

It would be interesting to hear your food or blogging resolutions for 2009 and even more interesting to review them in a year’s time 🙂

Jan 2nd, 2009

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  1. Helen said,

    I think your pictures have been looking great recently, seems that light and tripod were a good investment! I also know what you mean about the whole restaurant/camera problem. I never used to take pics myself but I do now – I just remember to never ever use the flash – obviously the pics aren’t as clear but I think people don’t mind for a review – it’s the content really, as long as you get some sort of picture. I also make sure to keep it discreet and do it quickly. Then I tend to think, actually, I’m never going to see these people again anyway so – who cares!

    Helen’s last blog post..Happy New Year! Best Bits 2008.

  2. Kerri said,

    Thanks Helen 🙂

    We’re off out to dinner tonight, I’m going to try and break free from the fear but will probably end up just using Stephen’s camera phone. I think we need a compact digital camera to maximise the discretion!

  3. Antonia said,

    What great ‘resolutions’. I really think that I need to get myself a mini tripod. I only have a point and shoot but I’ve read that you can get mini ones that attach to even the most basic of cameras…
    Mastering bread is one of my culinary resolutions too for 2009. And I really like your resolve to ‘meet’ more food bloggers too – I’ve yet to meet any in the flesh as yet (!!) but know that it would be fun.

    Antonia’s last blog post..Happy New Year!

  4. Kerri said,

    A friend of ours has one of those mini tripods and they seem pretty effective.

    Perhaps we can have a bread “bake-off”, it might encourage us both to tick off a resolution!

  5. Ros said,

    A good list. There are many I would also like to adhere to- particularly the baking and the socialising. I’m not shy about taking photos in restaurants- it you do it with the right attitude you get intersting responses 😉 but Goon hates it and has even taken to hiding my camera just before we head out to eat.

    Speaking of eating out- are you still working in Hammersmith and do you still want restaurant recommendations? I will eventually publish my half writen reviews but I meant to e-mail you earlier with suggestions but lost connectivity shortly after.

    Ros’s last blog post..Mirin, Tuna and Soba Noodles

  6. Kerri said,

    I don’t work in Hammersmith anymore Ros but still live fairly locally so will look out for your reviews.

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