New Year’s Resolution 2017

It’s that time of year again when we think about what we want to accomplish in the New Year. For the last few years I’ve thought of some fun ideas that I’ve actually managed to complete! 3 years ago I vowed to not buy any new clothes for the year…I’ve more than made up for that year now though lol. Last year, John and I said we wouldn’t buy any bread and would make our own. For the most part we did but near the end of the year we did amend the resolution to include Artisan bread from local shops.

Some will know that I have a love of cookbooks and probably have a disease where I buy too many! Over the last few years I’ve noticed that I tend to read many of the books but don’t ACTUALLY cook anything from them! Thus is born this year’s plan…

I have picked 12 cookbooks from my collection. I will pick one for each month and see how many recipes we can make in that month (yes John is participating too). I haven’t settled on which book for which month but I have picked the 12…

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I thought the choice for January was appropriate to counteract Christmas indulgences!

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Don’t forget John and I are Veggies so no meat recipes will be reviewed.

I got Skinny Bitch ages ago and hadn’t made anything. We don’t tend to eat a lot of dairy so this Vegan book fit in nicely. I was happy with the sauce and dressing section and many of the soups. I hadn’t realised that many of the Mains used faux meat by a particular company. I tend not to use these products so was disappointed on that front. However, we did find a few gems that we will definitely make again. When the month was finished I wrote down our favourites at the front of the book so that we wouldn’t forget what we want to make again.

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The Pumpkin Banana Bread was particularly scrumptious and it will get made again and again!

The orange, beet and arugula salad was light and delicious (I would add some blue cheese though if you aren’t vegan). John mastered the Spaghetti with Spinach which was served at a dinner party to rave reviews. It was creamy without having dairy, yum, love a creamy pasta dish! There are lots of good risotto recipes out there but this one was particularly nice and the Spaghetti squash dish was the picture of health. I’m not convinced that this book is a MUST HAVE┬ábut I’m glad I gave it a go. My dad always says “if you can just get 2-3 great recipes from a book then that’s a success”!

Stay tuned for next month…I’ve chosen Rebar that I got from the famous Victoria, Vancouver Island restaurant YEARS ago…I’ve heard great things about this one so I’m excited to get stuck in…

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