30 things to do in the kitchen before I turn 30

I turn 30 next October, so I thought it would be fun if I challenge myself into 30 things to do before my birthday.

 

I’ll work on 2 separate lists, because I need a cooking to-do-list to make my regular non-cooking list even more challenging (this one will obviously have items such as losing weight, reducing my cholesterol & triglycerides levels, etc).

 

Today, I am sharing my food list.

 

Eggs Benedict Picture

Eggs Benedict just like these (Le Pain Quotidien – Dubai)

 

  1. Prepare a Hollandaise sauce

On top of some eggs Benedict, bacon (or salmon) and a muffin. Because why not?

 

  1. Prepare Puff pastry at home

The cheat one (keeping the challenge realistic!).

 

  1. Pickle something

Maybe some Lebanese cucumbers. Or almonds. I love pickled almonds. Have you ever tried them?

 

  1. Prepare Jam

Strawberries for sure, once they are a bit cheaper.

 

  1. Prepare Chicken Madghout

Chicken Madghout is a Khaliji dish, very similar to Kabsa, but prepared in a pressure cooker.

 

  1. Prepare pancakes

Never made these at home (I prepared them at work though)… I always intend to prepare pancakes but change my mind at the last minute and opt for thinner crepes.

 

  1. Cook Boeuf Bourguignon

Following Julia Child’s recipe. Of course!

 

  1. Cook Pork Cassoulet

I already cooked Wild Duck Cassoulet once, but I so want to try the pork version, especially that I have a cast iron pot now.

 

  1. Cook Roast beef

It’s already in my freezer…

 

  1. Prepare a Thai curry

I fell in love with Thai cuisine during my last trips to Dubai, so I brought back with me all the spices I need to cook some delicious curries from scratch at home.

 

  1. Cook a Gigot D’Agneau Pleureur

Seriously. How beautiful is this recipe?

 

  1. Prepare a Blood orange cake

I should be doing this very soon, now that it’s the season.

 

  1. Try Oysters

I never did. I confess I always told everyone that I am not a big fan, to avoid trying them.

 

  1. Use Lavender in a recipe

Maybe in a milk pudding? Any other suggestions?

 

  1. Prepare 20 recipes using Moulinex Companion

I got it as a wedding gift and I used it today for the first time to prepare a Poulet Basquaise. Very practical for busy moms. And guess what? It’s dishwasher safe! I’ll be telling you all about it in upcoming posts.

 

  1. Prepare Kibbeh b Laban from scratch

I have to use all the kibbeh (that I did not prepare) that’s in my freezer first…

 

  1. Try a wine & chocolate cake recipe

I love wine and I love chocolate, so let’s combine them in one cake and see what we get!

 

  1. Cook One pot pasta

I really need to know how these taste. And why would anyone do this to pasta…

 

  1. Prepare a Lemon Meringue tart

For my pride.
 

  1. Prepare a Kodrat Kader cake

And succeed in taking it out of the mold. For more pride.

 

  1. Host a pizza night at home

One night. A vegetarian. A pepperoni. A four cheese. A Margherita. A Quattro Staggione. Heaven!

 

  1. Try rabbit

I’ve heard it’s pretty good…

 

  1. Reduce food waste

I’ve been throwing a lot of food lately. I think I can reduce it a lot by planning my meals more carefully, and more importantly, by buying less.

 

  1. Cook a Stuffed Turkey Breast

Stuffed the American way. Or even “à l’Orientale”.

 

  1. Bake a Brioche

With chocolate chips inside…

 

  1. Try Zucchini Flowers

Never knew these were edible until very recently!

 

  1. Bake cinnamon rolls

With extra cinnamon. And drizzle them with cream cheese frosting of course!

 

  1. Go for a new #30Days30Salads Challenge

Because I should get back to clean eating… and because we’re not eating much vegetables. I think spring is the best season for such a challenge.

 

  1. Watch all the food movies I downloaded

The list includes Babette’s Feast, La Grande Bouffe, The Lunchbox…

 

  1. Cook & Eat healthier

This might not mean a lot after all the above, but seriously, I should try. Reduce the amounts of oil and cream. Avoid butter and Ghee (and that clarified butter that’s in my fridge!). Maybe cook healthy for the whole week and have a cheat day. Avoid ready-made sauces. And fast food of course!

 
So, anything you think I should add to my list?

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