Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

A New Year Begins

Well, it's been an enjoyable holidays for me. I hope that everyone else had a good new year.

While up in Portland, we managed to hook up for lunch with windmist. That was cool since it's been a while since we got a chance to sit and talk. Glad to hear he's doing well.

Had a few rough days this week, what with a cluster of migraines for no good reason. But let's not dwell on that.

What I did want to write about was my New Years Resolution. I don't normally make them since, to be honest, I have trouble taking the whole tradition very seriously. But I had an interesting idea for this and it seemed appropriate.

This year, I will try to use a new ingredient in my cooking every other week. During the year, then, I'll cook with 26 ingredients I've never used before.

Some of these will be easy, since there are a lot of items that I know how to use but simply haven't yet. I've got a truffle sitting in my pantry that I should put into a Perigueux Sauce or savory stuffing. I'd like to try making a dessert sauce from berry jam. Lemongrass to enhance my Thai pepper soup. I've never stewed a rabbit. Long beans and sweet red bean paste for Chinese cooking...

It'll be tricky but also a fun challenge. But perhaps I'm just nutty that way. (Ooh, haven't used cashews...) Anyone want to nominate obscure ingredients?
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