I’m a big fan of goals. I love New Year’s resolutions, personal goals, career goals, reading goals, traveling goals, etc. This year, I’m adding a food goal to my list. This might sound funny to some of you, but yes, I’m adding a culinary goal to my life. You see, I have an absolutely unnatural and irrational fear of baking. I know, strange. No good reason for it. Other than perhaps the fear of the mess I’d make, but my kitchen always looks like a tornado went through it after I’m done cooking. But baking towering cakes doesn’t really appeal to me and I’ve never been a dessert person (well, until a few years ago). So I figure I’ll try something rustic/easy/something I have space for in my kitchen.
So, here are my culinary goals for this year:
- Learn to bake one kind of bread
- Learn to make a baked dessert
- Learn to make yogurt
- Cook more Uzbek food
- Cook more soup
I know yogurt isn’t a dessert, but it is often an ingredient in dessert. Yeah, that’s it. That’s a good reason to learn making it. Oh heck, I just want to learn to make my own yogurt, something that will be creamy, sweet, thick and luscious, and won’t cost an arm and a leg.
And after the Chaihana post, I’d imagine the Uzbek food goal is self-explanatory. 😉
As I’ve started cooking soups, it seems fairly easy and healthy. Should be a good match for the bread.
As the year goes on, I’ll update this page.
*Update on 5/9/2010
I made Mastava, which goes towards goals #4 and #5.
I’ve also been working on making yogurt and bread, but no success with yogurt yet, and gotta figure out this yeast thing for the bread….