In the midst of a late night (read 2:42 am) paper writing session, and a momentary feeling of writer’s block, I have decided to use this time to announce publicly my resolutions for 2010. Please don’t be surprised that all of them listed here revolve around food, as it is in the title of the blog and is the focus of most of my non-school efforts. I probably will think of something non-food related at a later, more appropriate date. I have listed them in order of importance/urgency, to know which ones need to be handled sooner than others.
1. Decide between Local Agriculture/Slow Food Movements in Philly or Issues in Anti-Hunger Advocacy in DC for my thesis topic and, subsequently, my summer plans.
2. Perfect the Macaron. These light, meringue based marvels are the fashionable pastry equivalent to cupcakes in France, except that they are impossibly difficult to make and, therefore, the perfect challenge for a fledgling pastry warrior. Flavors to learn (starred* flavors are ones that I have thought of as potentially great macarons, while the rest are flavors that exist in pastries around France): Chocolate, Raspberry, S’mores, Caramel Apple, Orange Blossom, Matcha Green Tea/Sesame, Red Velvet*, Mud Pie*, Blueberry Rosemary (inspired by a Cocktail)*, and Tomato Basil Mozzarella (my host mom told me about a baker at her office who makes savory macarons, and the idea does sound fairly crazy, potentially delicious)
3. Become a soup master. I don’t know what else to say about this one really, other than that I have realized abroad I really really like soups. Perfect comfort food, very nourishing, endless flavor combinations.
4. Learn to make jams with the proportions the woman in Provence taught me. (Fig/Ginger, Strawberry, and Abricot).
5. Open online Coconut Cake Wedding Cake Shop. I know I probably (definitely) won’t sell any, but it will give me the chance to make a really really big version of my favorite recipe of coconut cake (which I have yet to share on ff&f) and maybe one day add other items (like macarons and jams, made to order).
I’m not going to reread what I wrote, because it will be funny in the future to have proof of my slow descent into madness during finals season abroad.