2012

Is it too late to be posting about 2012 goals?

2011 was one heck of a year for me, I changed jobs and moved to the West Coast. While things have settled down over here, a lot of my kitchen things are still in storage that I miss (e.g. my tart pan).

I didn’t complete much of my 2011 goals, so here’s hoping that 2012 will be a better year.

Start cooking from my Unloved Collection
There is a growing stack of cookbooks that I haven’t even touched. Some have daunting ingredient lists and others just haven’t drawn me in. I’m also going to go back and look at old cookbooks that haven’t been used that much lately and see if I can cull my collection a bit.

Make pasta
I just got a pasta maker and I’m now searching for the best book to go along with it. This gadget has been on my list for years, but never purchased for fear of it being a dust collector. 2012 will be the year of carbs for me!

Croissants
The croissant process requires a lot of time spent in the kitchen. I don’t foresee myself making this regularly, but it’s been on my list of things to do for a few years now.

Bagels
This was on my list last year. If I can bake bread, are bagels just as easy?

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3 thoughts on “2012

  1. M

    Honestly, I say forget the book and just dig into pasta making. I spent a few years trying to find a book that dealt with pasta just like you, and there aren’t any decent ones that I’ve found. ..probably at least partially because the dough doesn’t change that much. Since I couldn’t find a good book, I took the basic egg recipe from an Italian food book (that’s like any basic recipe), and just did that a bunch of times because it takes at least a few attempts to really start to understand the dough and how to make it. If you want it, I can e-mail it to you with some tips. After you understand the basics of how the dough should feel, etc, just start adding flavouring or colour, being mindful of ratios. It’s sooooo worth it.

    Have you got a machine yet? Going to get an auto or hand? I really like the hand one, and as long as you have a lip for it to grasp, it works well. But best advice: DON’T buy the ravioli attachment. Homemade ravioli is delicious, but it’s quite difficult to get the right amount of stuffing in as you roll and press it and it’ll leave you with a bunch of wasted pasta. I got a hand press so you can completely control the stuffing.

  2. SweetThingsTO

    I love how you say that 2012 is the year of carbs – hilarious! Wishing you a Happy New Year! My baking goal is to try some mini bundts cakes and figure out the best recipe for madeleines – something intrigues me about them.

  3. vicky

    Great list. I tried to make bagels ONCE – it was a long process – thats all I can remember. It was a rewarding one too but lets just say that I never made them again. All the best.

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