Every once in a while I find myself going back through old posts for inspiration or to remake a recipe or just out of boredom. I reread my 2012 Food Resolutions post and decided to give myself a 6 month progress report. Before getting into my resolutions, I will admit that the past few months I have been a kitchen slacker. I’m in the process of moving and until I’m in a kitchen that is fully stocked with equipment and groceries I will be posting random things like this (sorry).
1. Make Food an Experience. A-
I have been eating out a lot lately and as a vegan I think I pay a lot more attention to what is going into the making of my food than an average eater does. I don’t always pay attention to my food when I finally have it in front of me though. I think I pay more attention to my company than my food, and if I’m lucky, a good conversation will slow down my eating.
2. Explore. A-
As I have already stated, I have been eating out a lot lately. On average I have been eating out 2 nights a week (the other nights I eat at work so that doesn’t count as anything at all) and I can proudly say that I’ve only repeated restaurants once. I also started recipe testing for a cookbook that will be coming out soon and it has lead me to experiment with different flavors and cooking methods that I had either never tried or was intimidated by. Deep frying. I always thought of it as messy and I frankly do not find things that sound super unhealthy appetizing so I never wanted to mess with it. Now I’m hooked - I’ve made vegan glazed yeast donuts (which was another new method for me) and mini fried hand pies.
3. Learn. B-
I have experimented with different techniques (see above) and some new ingredients, but I have slacked on the whole intellectual and social aspect of this resolution.
4. Share. A+
I have very casually raised vegan awareness with my coworkers and customers and hopefully when they meet another vegan they will have a better sense of what that means. I am not the type of vegan who will announce my veganism the first time we meet and I won’t be aggressive about it when you finally find out that I’m vegan. I will gladly answer any questions you have, sometimes making sure you really want to hear the answers first though, but I’m not going to harass you about what you are eating and how it got to your plate. I find it really disrespectful for people to judge me based on what I don’t eat, so I’m not going to judge you based on what you do eat. The best way to spread good vegan vibes is to share delicious vegan food…
5. Take Risks. B-
I’ve become so comfortable in the kitchen that I need to discover what it is that intimidates me and just go for it. I plan on tackling bread making (not with my machine) once I get this move over with.
So I wouldn’t have been thrilled with these grades in college, but this is real life so I’m totally okay with it. Now I have 5 more months to get my act together and I’m pretty excited to get back to business, so watch out.