welcome to a new year

Saturday, January 1, 2011 |

I don’t like to make resolutions, and I especially don’t like sharing them. Come to that, I don’t like being forced to say what I’m thankful for at Thanksgiving. That information is weirdly personal, and I’m not sure anyone really needs that much access to my thoughts. Very probably that is something to work on in my character. I also feel like sharing resolutions or thankful thoughts ties you to them – you can’t unsay that stuff, and people always seem to REMEMBER.

Be that as it may, I voiced two New Year’s resolutions in public last night. The first was to blog more. Everyone there immediately protested, “But you blog so much already!” Which you, dear reader, already know was unfortunately untrue in November and December 2010. I will get back in the swing of things.

And the second resolution: to learn how to make Beef Wellington. I am rather determined to become a good cook (moving up from ‘fair’), as I am already a good baker (though I’d like to get to ‘excellent’ in that category, now that I think of it). Wish me luck! I will of course share my exploits. Notice I didn’t just say successes. If I fail spectacularly and remember to take photos, you can be sure it’ll go on the blog.

[photo of beef wellington from foodists.ca]

When I look at my two resolutions, I can’t help but think that they are small things. But often the ‘small’ things make such a difference in quality of life and a sense of purpose that they turn into big things. What are your ‘small’ resolutions for the New Year?


CarlyB said...

Those are great resolutions! I have to confess I've NEVER eaten beef wellington but that picture looks tasty :).

Instead of making big resolutions this year I've made a few smaller ones: gigs I want to go to, topics I want to learn more about, things like that.

Darlyn said...

wow..that really looks delicious!happy new year celia!

Jenny said...

Wow, Beef Wellington? I will be impressed to the nth degree if you accomplish this. I am an awful, awful cook and Beef Wellington looks ever so difficult. Yay for you!

Alyce said...

Good luck with your resolutions! I'm such a mediocre cook that I don't even have any ideas for dishes I want to learn how to make. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I LIKE this resolution :)

Kim said...

I've never had beef wellington -- good luck! I wish I loved to cook, but don't. Walking into Williams Sonoma inspires me, but it quickly passes when I walk out.

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