Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year and Resolutions for 2010!

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s have a toast together and raise our glasses to 2010. As we enter the New Year and decade, everyone has goals and dreams, wishes and ambitions, things they want to achieve and places they want to go. May 2010 be the year you realise these with peace, good health, wealth and happiness.

The turn of a New Year is when a multitude of people set resolutions for the next 12 months ahead. Some are kept (not mine) and some are broken (that’s mine!). I never make a point of making my resolutions to be known – for that very reason, as I usually fail. But every year, always full of vigour and optimism I make more, with some being the same as the previous. This year is no different. So this year I will make some of my resolutions known – these all relate to Back to the Chopping Board. However, I have written down my personal resolutions and I promise that this time next year I will tell you what they were and how I done – whether I achieved them or not.

I have had great fun the last 5 months starting this blog. I have learnt many different things, met some great people and increased my knowledge of food and cooking. I want to continue with this so my resolutions for Back to the Chopping Board are:

Use my cook books more… I now have over 70 cookery books, still with many more that I want, and that is despite any new ones that will be coming out. I want to use these more, and to actually read them all and not just look out recipes. So I plan to read at least one a month, and to put at least one recipe for each book on Back to the Chopping Board.

Highlight Seasonal Produce… When I had my idea for my blog, I wanted to use it to highlight what’s in season each month. I have tried to do that to some degree, but I have not been totally successful. Therefore I will dedicate at least one post each month to what is in season, and create recipes using these.

Bake More… Last year I started to have an attempt at baking my own bread and rolls. This, despite my doubts, was fairly successful. One of my Christmas presents this year was The River Cottage Bread Handbook, which I had asked for and luckily got, so that I can increase my knowledge and skill at baking. Each month I want to try and bake something different, be that different breads, cakes or biscuits.

Take part in more Food Blogging Events… Last year I took part in one event (In the Bag) and hosted one jointly with ‘A Slice of Cherry Pie’ (Farewell Floyd). Both of these were great fun to take part in, and I really really enjoyed them. This year I would like to, where possible, take part in at least one event each month.

They are my resolutions for Back to the Chopping Board for 2010, fingers crossed they will all be achieved. I am looking forward to giving it a good go. Have you got any foodie new year resolutions that you have set?

Here’s to wishing every one a very Happy New Year, and all the best for 2010.

15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! I have the River Cottage Bread Book and it is fantastic - a great read as well as being packed with information and recipes that are easy to follow - I made crumpets from it.

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  2. Thanks Wendy, Happy New Year to you too! Thats the one I am most excited about making crumpets! I have this think on a Sunday evening (especially when Dancing on Ice and Wild at Heart is on), sitting down to crumpets with butter and thinly sliced cheese, and can't wait to make my own.

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  3. what nice resolutions! Hope you achieve them all!

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  4. Thanks Caked Crusader. I hope so as well - fingers crossed!

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  5. I have made similar resolutions on my blog. I started well with an afternoon Reading some of my cookbooks yesterday and a January what's in seaon guide on my blog. Iooking foward to lots of new seasonal recipes this month. Hope you are successful with your resolutions.

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  6. Thanks Claire, good luck to you with yours too. Maybe in a few months we can compare notes and see how each other is getting on.

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  7. I've read some really interesting resolutions and in doing so, completely forgot to make any of my own.
    I hope there isn't any rule that resolutions have to be made New Years Eve because I'm going to think this through and make mine tomorrow. Fingers crossed that I'll keep them...no matter what they are.
    Best of luck with yours - and I look forward to some of those recipe reviews from your 70 or so cook books.

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  8. Cheers Joanne. I dont think it matters when you start, just when you are ready to.

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  9. Sound like great intentions. We'll be checking up on you lol!

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  10. O oh - pressure lol! Keep me on my toes Janice!

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  11. These sound great James, and I wish you all the best with them. Happy new year!

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  12. The farewell floyd event was so much fun! I'm also resolved to use my cookbooks more - I want to cook something from every single book on the shelf.

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  13. I'm pleased you enjoyed the Farewell Floyd Event - it was great fun to host too. Hope you get on well using your cookbooks.

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  14. Rather late comment in the scheme of things - but just to say I have over 70 cook books too and a large wish list. I love reading them but you do have to be organised to cook new recipes rather than reach for old favourites. Good resolutions. PS I'm a new FFTO blogger too.

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