I'm going to cook. Like real food.
Now, I DO do this every once in a while. Get out my cooking toys and prepare a real meal that the family actually likes and chows down. But it seems like those occassions get few and far between or maybe just have some annual special occassion tied to them.
For instance, somewhere along the way, it was decided that we would have steamed crab legs on New Year's eve. Here are some of the latest ones steaming away. I don't remember how many batches I steamed, but they disappeared in a frenzy of flying crustacean exoskeleton garbage.
I'm not saying that we will be having crablegs every week. But note that I do have a bamboo steamer - one that I enjoy using. I hadn't used it since LAST New Year crabs! *sigh*
I made much loved scalloped potatoes on Christmas. What is so special about scalloped potatoes!? Well, for one thing, around here, they seem to only appear at Christmas! *sigh* While I like keeping the crablegs special for new years, I think I can manage some freaking scalloped potatoes once in a while other than Christmas!
And really, my recurring resolution isn't just about certain dishes to prepare, but it's the whole big picture. Part of the reason I don't cook real food as often as I'd like to is because I don't plan. As good cooks I know know, meal planning is our friend.
To help me, I read an article this morning titled "Eat Some Lucky Foods for a Prosperous New Year". Well, prosperity! That's inspiring. It mentions a tradition of eating pork on new year's day since "Pigs are considered good luck because they root forward, symbolizing progress..." I never heard of that and missed the boat this year as we just scrounged some boring food yesterday for the first of the year.
Other tips include:
Eating food shaped like coins (for obvious reasons)
Eating folded greens (looks like money)
Eating fish scales (symbolize silver)
Eating long noodles (long life)
Eating ring shaped foods (the year coming full circle)
Okay, so I am going to do this thing. Or at least, I'll do it better, right?
Although I'm not quite willing to chuck my emergency stash of Kraft Mac 'n' Cheese just yet...