It’s the beginning of another year, which means it’s also time to start looking ahead to the changes we want to make in 2019. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be all about cutting things out that are bad for us; instead, why not try embracing new skills and experiences?
From getting more technical with your dishes to getting started as a beginner, we’ve rounded up a selection of New Year’s resolutions that will help you on your way to becoming a better, more confident cook over the next 12 months and beyond…
Host a dinner party
Having friends and family over is a great way of putting your culinary skills to the test. Not only does it help to improve your confidence in the kitchen, but it will also provide a terrific opportunity for feedback. Make an occasion of it by serving multiple courses and canapés, and remember that timing is everything; the key to a successful soirée is finding the time both to cook and entertain.
Build on your signature dishes
Good cooking is all about confidence, practice and experimentation. The thought of creating a recipe from scratch may sound daunting, but you’d be surprised at how quickly you can develop a style. Whether you’re honing your skills through cookbooks, relatives or TV chefs, don’t be afraid to try new things and put twists on existing dishes; see what works and what doesn’t, and take your meals to that next level.
Travel through food
Experiencing new cuisines is a big part of what travelling is all about. By tasting different flavours from around the world, you’ll broaden your horizons of tastes, colours, textures, techniques, ingredients and more. You may not have the cash to splash on the adventure of a lifetime abroad, but don’t worry, as there are plenty of courses and journeys across the globe that you can embark on without even leaving your hometown.
Demystify the cooking process
Many of us can be intimidated by cooking in the kitchen. But we needn’t be, as cooking is by no means as complex as it may seem; on the contrary, it can be refreshingly easy to master once you understand the basics. If you’ve been putting off learning to cook, there’s no better time than the new year to start, with many fun, enjoyable and accessible classes for beginners taking place.
Strike a good food/life balance
After a busy day’s work, the prospect of having to cook a meal for the family can seem like a daunting one. But it doesn’t need to take an age, as there are lots of ways to beat the clock and spend less time slaving away at the stove. With a few handy tricks and tips, you’ll be well on your way to cutting down your time in the kitchen.