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.
- Prepare a Hollandaise sauce
On top of some eggs Benedict, bacon (or salmon) and a muffin. Because why not?
- Prepare Puff pastry at home
The cheat one (keeping the challenge realistic!).
- Pickle something
Maybe some Lebanese cucumbers. Or almonds. I love pickled almonds. Have you ever tried them?
- Prepare Jam
Strawberries for sure, once they are a bit cheaper.
- Prepare Chicken Madghout
Chicken Madghout is a Khaliji dish, very similar to Kabsa, but prepared in a pressure cooker.
- 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.
- Cook Boeuf Bourguignon
Following Julia Child’s recipe. Of course!
- 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.
- Cook Roast beef
It’s already in my freezer…
- 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.
- Cook a Gigot D’Agneau Pleureur
Seriously. How beautiful is this recipe?
- Prepare a Blood orange cake
I should be doing this very soon, now that it’s the season.
- Try Oysters
I never did. I confess I always told everyone that I am not a big fan, to avoid trying them.
- Use Lavender in a recipe
Maybe in a milk pudding? Any other suggestions?
- 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.
- Prepare Kibbeh b Laban from scratch
I have to use all the kibbeh (that I did not prepare) that’s in my freezer first…
- 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!
- Cook One pot pasta
I really need to know how these taste. And why would anyone do this to pasta…
- Prepare a Lemon Meringue tart
For my pride.
- Prepare a Kodrat Kader cake
And succeed in taking it out of the mold. For more pride.
- Host a pizza night at home
One night. A vegetarian. A pepperoni. A four cheese. A Margherita. A Quattro Staggione. Heaven!
- Try rabbit
I’ve heard it’s pretty good…
- 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.
- Cook a Stuffed Turkey Breast
Stuffed the American way. Or even “à l’Orientale”.
- Bake a Brioche
With chocolate chips inside…
- Try Zucchini Flowers
Never knew these were edible until very recently!
- Bake cinnamon rolls
With extra cinnamon. And drizzle them with cream cheese frosting of course!
- 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.
- Watch all the food movies I downloaded
The list includes Babette’s Feast, La Grande Bouffe, The Lunchbox…
- 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?