My Food Bucket List

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

– John Burroughs

I must give credit to Genie from Bunny Eats Design for giving me the idea of making my own food bucket list after I saw hers. It’s a neat idea to put in writing things I want to do with regards to food. The idea is not to go crazy over achieving these points, but rather to be able to realise over time: great, I’ve done that!

Perhaps it’s cheating, but this list will be published with some of the points that I’ve already done. That’s why I begin with some already crossed out. These are the things that I think are wonderful, and that should I not have done them already, I would want to do have the opportunity to do so. Other things, such as making jams, if someone would have said to me a couple of years ago that I’ll be cooking them now, I would not have believed them. What, me? Yet, I cannot imagine not making my own homemade jam now.

Here goes:

  1. Eat mussels with French fries in the North of FranceDone.
  2. Make baba au rhum. It was amazing.
  3. Buy a big basket for shopping for fresh ingredients in the market. I got one after I started writing this list weeks – or maybe it was even months – ago.
  4. Make a New York style cheesecake. Done.
  5. Eat cheesecake in New York. Done.
  6. Make terrines. Very nice.
  7. Make jam. Mastered.
  8. Make pesto. I think everybody should do this.
  9. Make melanzane alla parmigianna.
  10. Get a replacement for my oven mitt, which has been burnt a couple of times. No comment.
  11. Make fresh pasta. Unsupervised.
  12. Grow my own herbs for cooking, I mean from the seeds. I do grown my own herbs but I’ve yet to do it from scratch.
  13. Make scones.
  14. Learn to make spring rolls, like my mum’s.
  15. Learn to make lemper, like my mum’s.
  16. Make sates.
  17. Make chewy cookies.
  18. Make brownies.
  19. Make lemon curd. Done
  20. Make a crumble.
  21. Make a beautiful marble cake. Sure I’ve made marble cakes before, but they weren’t extremely artistic looking.
  22. Make steak and kidney pie.
  23. Eat in Portugal, again.
  24. Eat specifically cod fish in Portugal.
  25. Have my own chickens that lay eggs.
  26. Grow lemons.
  27. Grow tomatoes. I’m not sure the tomato plant I bought with tomatoes already on them can classify as such.
  28. Grow fruits.
  29. Make the split pea fritter recipe from my friend Piano Learner.
  30. Make chocolate mousse. I made one a few years ago but stirred too much and the bubbles disappeared. It resembled more like nutella.
  31. Make ice cream.
  32. Make popsicles.
  33. Cook with seaweed. Done, with wakame.
  34. Make sushi.
  35. Make pizza.
  36. Eat pizza in Italy (again).
  37. Eat a hamburger in the US. Done.
  38. Eat empek empek in Indonesia (again).
  39. Eat dim sum in Hong Kong (again).
  40. Dine in a coastal town in Greece.
  41. Make dim sum (again). Here’s the proof.
  42. Attend a wine grape harvesting event. The Spanish name for this is vendimia. I can’t think of an English word for it at the moment…
  43. Make marshmallows.
  44. Make gazpacho.
  45. Make hummus.
  46. Make fondue.
  47. Eat fondue in France or Switzerland.
  48. Make my own sukiyaki.
  49. Visit a cheese factory.
  50. Visit a winery. Ok, I’ve visited quite a few ready but I want to visit some more. This may coincide with point number 42. Check out Bodegas Luis Perez.
  51. Visit a brewery.
  52. Learn to eat noodle soups gracefully.
  53. Attend a wine tasting course.
  54. Make Thai green curry with all the ingredients from scratch. Until now I’ve only made them using Thai green curry pastes.
  55. Make my own dried tomatoes.
  56. Bake bread.
  57. Make cakes for charity.
  58. Make cocktails.
  59. Make my own chili sauce, like my mum does.
  60. Make ceviche. I made some years ago with a friend from Peru… but I really can’t remember every detail.
  61. Make the salad with raw fish (in lime and coconut milk) like the ones I had when I lived in New Caledonia.
  62. Make Indonesian desserts.
  63. Make a pie with a beautiful top, like woven shapes.
  64. Make cava sangria.
  65. Cook escargots.
  66. Make my own liqueur.
  67. Make a cake or cupcakes – with icing!
  68. Eat papayas in South East Asia (again).
  69. Try red velvet cake, just to see what the fuss is all about…
  70. Make macaroons.
  71. Make eclairs.
  72. Eat éclairs in France (again). Done.
  73. Eat croissants in France. Believe it or not, I think I’ve never done this. Done.
  74. Make croissants.
  75. Make octopus – pulpo a la gallega style.
  76. Buy a coffee grinder. I guess the smell of grinding coffee must be amazing.
  77. Deep fry something. I have a kind of fear of deep frying, so I’ve never done it.
  78. Make yogurt.
  79. Make salmon tartare.
  80. Make caramel fudge.
  81. Make mochi.
  82. Make croquettes.
  83. Eat cou d’oie farci in France.
  84. Eat at Bar Tomás, Barcelona, at least one more time.
  85. Make almond milk.
  86. Be comfortable with making my own pastry. I’ve already done it once and I didn’t feel I mastered it yet, I’ve still been buying ready-made pastry since, which is something I want to change. For desserts I’m getting there. For savoury, I still have some homework to do.
  87. Visit a honey farm. Are they called farms? I went here. Ok, no photos of the bees as such because I didn’t bring the camera along while wearing all the protective gear.
  88. Learn to successfully poach an egg.
  89. Make a flambé something.
  90. Make granola. Done
  91. Make vegetarian burgersThese are extremely good!
  92. Cook with the sous-vide method.
  93. Make preserved lemons.
  94. Have a picnic in the countryside.
  95. Make slow roasted pork.
  96. Make roast duck.
  97. Make cute gingerbread men.
  98. Make baklava.
  99. Make mulled wine.
  100. Make tarte tatin. Yes!

Are there any dishes or food events that you would especially like to do?

Thank you for reading!

46 Comments

  1. Amanda 2014-07-22 at 16:17

    I love your list! I have many of the same things on my “to do”! I can help you with #5. Say the word! 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-22 at 17:06

      Yes please! 🙂

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  2. Sunny 2014-07-22 at 16:43

    You should come eat mussels with fries in BELGIUM, Sofia! That’s where this whole thing comes from! 😉

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-22 at 17:08

      Oh! Well maybe I should do it there too 🙂 Apparently I am never “offered” them because they are never in season when I’m up there. I’ll be there next month for a while, do you think they are edible then?

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  3. Shamim 2014-07-22 at 17:06

    OOh! very cool bucket list! Mostly about food, how delicious! You’ve inspired me to make one too. Thanks 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-22 at 17:13

      Go ahead Shamim! It’ll probably inspire you to get out of your comfort zone to make many things you would want to try 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 10:01

      Of course the photo of the croissants was cheating, I bought them from a bakery behind my place. Have a lovely day Marijane!

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  4. emmabarrett1508 2014-07-22 at 17:44

    What a great bucket list. I think I should write one too. Tomatoes are the easiest vegetables to grow. They are a bit like weeds. Melanzane pamigiana is one of my favourite dishes and it is so easy to make You can throw it together in know time. I would also love to have a go at making macaroons. Growing my own lemons would be cool but I think that is probably unlikely here in the U.K. Take care Emma.

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 10:03

      Haha that’s good to know, thanks for your advice 🙂 Actually my tomato looked like it was dying as soon as I bought it, but after harvesting and cutting the ugly looking leaves, it’s making a comeback as if it were a bad weed 🙂 Take care xx

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  5. Dalo 2013 2014-07-22 at 18:08

    This is such an awesome list. OK, I have you covered on the “Eat Dim Sum in HK again” and you’ll have a few great hamburgers on your trip to LA and NYC. I do suggest “dining on salmon and Dungeness crab in Seattle” as it will become your favorite meal 🙂

    I really like almost all of these ~ they are excellent. Buying a coffee grinder, such a small thing one would think but you are so right in that it makes the coffee experience that much better. Baking bread…nothing better (at least from my experience of watching, smelling and then eating the end result!). And most importantly, eating Papaya Pieces in SE Asia again ~ that you deserve.

    Great list Sofia!

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 10:10

      Great! I’ll, sure you know some great places for it 🙂 Yeah, I think I’ll have the hamburger one covered soon. And your suggestion sounds great. Have a great day!

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  6. theduckandtheowl 2014-07-22 at 18:10

    A food bucket list?!?! What a lovely and amazing idea! 🙂

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  7. Patty Nguyen 2014-07-23 at 01:00

    Oooh, you have inspired me, Sofia! I’m going to make a list, too! We share some of the same items. 🙂 Also, I have a cookbook from one of the top cheesecake spots in NY. Let me know if you want their cheesecake recipe! 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 09:58

      I’d love to see your list Patty! I have a cookbook that is especially about NY cheesecakes, I just need to get around to making one. Something tells me the eating one in NY will arrive before I ever make one 🙂

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      1. Patty Nguyen 2014-07-25 at 00:46

        Haha, I will eat some cheesecake in your honor when I am in NY next month! 😀

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  8. Guillermina Stover 2014-07-23 at 02:30

    Awesome bucket list–for food! I will have to make my own!!!! What adventures await you, Sofia!!!!

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 09:55

      Guillermina you are already way more accomplished than me, but yeah it would be fun to make your bucket list too and live out the adventures! xx

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  9. Ngan R. 2014-07-23 at 03:21

    What a fun list, Sofia! You’ve never made brownies?! I think this must be an American pastime, I’ve never met someone who has never made some form brownie. Don’t worry though, you’re not missing much. Those eclairs in France, now that’s where it’s at! I would love to eat anything, everything in France again. I would like to try to make Peking duck with the steamed buns, and some things on your list like make a veggie burger and curry from scratch. So many foods to make! I hope you get that burger and cheesecake in the big apple when you visit.

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 09:53

      Yeah, I’ve never made brownies I’ll be in France again next month and can’t wait to eat another eclair there. I was thinking of putting Peking duck and steamed buns on my list but thought nah I’ll eat them outside. So if I ever visit you, you can make it for me 😉

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  10. maximusoptimusdominus 2014-07-23 at 10:10

    A list to be conserved and always updated and explored…
    So lets see…
    9 11 35 36 … lets do it 😉
    and of course …
    94 … that would be the perfect place to enjoy any and all of the above …just say when 🙂

    Wonderful !!!
    Oh yes…
    10 … just need to know where to send it … 😉

    Joe
    xxx

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 18:28

      Hi Joe, so it looks like you can help me with the Italian ones 😉 Have a great evening!

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  11. Mabel Kwong 2014-07-23 at 11:35

    This is such a comprehensive food bucket list! You’ll really need to cook and eat your way through it, I wonder how long it will take you 😉 “Make cute gingerbread men” That does not sound hard at all…and it sounds cute. I am sure you’ll be able to smash through at least half of the list in no time. Some of the challenges look as friendly as happy gingerbread men faces. Which do you find the most challenging? 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 20:36

      Hi Mabel, I think the things I have never cooked are what seem difficult to me. Once I’ve made them at least once, then it’s easy. One of my favourite pianists once said, when asked in her opinion which pieces are the most difficult, she said the ones she hadn’t attempted yet. Thats how I feel about things in life too. But to answer which would be my most challenging: the ones that I need to buy an expensive airplane ticket to get there and do it! 😉

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      1. Mabel Kwong 2014-07-24 at 11:31

        The things we’ve done are the most difficult. So true, and so wise of you to say that. Now I see things in a different light. I think sometimes we are also afraid to go for it, to try things and so put off doing them. I hope you get through your food bucket list, it sounds very fun and I hope to join you at some point 😉

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  12. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-07-23 at 13:55

    OMG! That list of yours left me hyperventilating! Now I know what you’ve been doing during this offline period: thinking and thinking about all the things you still want to do! I think I couldn’t do it without some depressing effect…
    I love the sound of everything you listed there <3

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 18:26

      Rosa you’re too funny! Actually I made the list in about a couple of months. I would write 20 things, then stop, then go away and forget about it for another 2-3 weeks. The most depressing thing was figuring out what photo to put. So finally yesterday I thought: I’m going to go to the bakery and get some croissants to photograph them, and then eat them of course! Por que no? 😉 Have a lovely evening <3

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  13. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-07-23 at 16:12

    Wow, Sofia, I love it! I totally believe that you’ll get through this list! Quite a few of the items are on my figurative food bucket list, too! e.g. making pasta, ice cream and cookies … you go, girl!

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 18:23

      Yay, so you want to do these things too, have doing them Helen! xx

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  14. Liz 2014-07-23 at 20:10

    awesome list, Sofia. Thanks for sharing 🙂 You’ll be able to at least observe 14 and 15 soon, yes? I’m and all over 58.

    My list is every changing and only in my head, but your vanilla caramel cake is on it!

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 20:31

      You’re right Liz, I should carefully observe 14 and 15 soon. Yes to 58!
      I hope you make the cake soon (I would put more caramel though, just to make it dreamier!). xx

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  15. Bunny Eats Design 2014-07-23 at 23:25

    Yay! I love your list.

    3. I had a great shopping basket for about 10 years. It was actually a replica of a Maori kete, but made with recycled plastic and in black. It was so chic, I loved carrying it to and from the market.

    10. I don’t really buy these things, they seem to turn up as gifts. Who knows? Maybe someone will see your list and buy you a new one 🙂

    12. This is very easy to do! You can start in pots. Most herbs need to be started from seed, though rosemary will do well from cuttings.

    19. I’ve made lemon curd before and it was great, but I need to do so again this week. Our lemon tree has about 200 ripe lemons!

    23. & 24. My friend just got back from overseas and one of her last stops was Portugal. She came over for dinner last night and was telling me how I needed to go to Portugal to eat seafood.

    25. I’m with you on that one. I’d love to have chickens.

    30. On my list too 🙂

    46. Fondue parties are heaps of fun. I’ve only had one but hope to have another before winter is over.

    52. I thought noodle soups are for slurping?

    54. I’ve done this but only in Thailand at a Thai cookery school. The really authentic stuff you have to bash with a mortar and pestle. It’s very vigorous work!

    61. I’ve done it, it was glorious.

    69. I think they’re overrated. More pretty to look at than tasty.

    75. I want to deal to an octopus! I visited our seafood markets and they didn’t have them. I was gutted. All they had were tiny bite sized octopus and they were frozen.

    86. I agree. My pastry never turns out as lovely as the store bought stuff so I don’t bother anymore. I’m sure once you master it, it can be really wonderful, but I wonder how many times do I have to make pastry to get to store-bought level?

    100. I’ve been wanting to make tarte tatin for a while now. I’m a bit afraid of our fluctuating oven though, but I should give it a try regardless. I’m sure we’d eat it even if it wasn’t evenly cooked.

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 19:02

      Hi Genie, I see you analyzed it well.

      3. I’m glad to know 🙂

      10. Lets see what happens!

      12. Yeah I have herbs in pots but have never started from seeds. I should do that…

      19. 200? Wow!

      23 & 24. I’m glad to know that 🙂

      52. Slurping, but I get it all over my face and clothes, there must be some daintier way.

      86. hhmmm….

      100. Before I make tarte tatin I need to have the correct dish to make it in. Do you have one already?

      xx

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      1. Bunny Eats Design 2014-07-27 at 09:55

        I was just going to use my cast iron skillet for tarte tartin. I think it should be ok. It is super heavy so the flipping part might be a bit scary.

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  16. pianolearner 2014-07-24 at 13:17

    I think the best scones have no sugar in them (the sweetness comes from the jam on top). If you like I can send you a great pizza base recipe. I visited a cheese factory and nearly fainted from the smell. I also visited a brewery but the less said about that the better 😉 For nice cocktails you could try to make your own herb sugar syrups to add to vodka or even to wine, very easy, (equal weight of sugar to water dissolved over a low heat – then add your own herbs such as thyme at the end to infuse some herbs won’t work but the fun is in the experimentation – thyme/rosemary work well.) Thanks for the link to my blog 🙂 I hope you do eventually get chance to try them, they are really tasty 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 19:04

      Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Oh no, when you say you nearly fainted from the smell, it was in a bad way? Oh no, should I want to visit a brewery then 😉 Thanks for the tips on the cocktail making. I’m going to see if I can put it in practice now. Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. Johnnysenough Hepburn 2014-07-26 at 02:43

    You’re not supposed to chop off the leaves of tomato plants, as they breathe through them. Just don’t quote me on that! Great list. I’d never be able to do a list that long.

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 18:58

      Yeah but these leaves looked dead 🙁 and I read that they probably had fungus. Its doing nicely now, lots of green leaves appearing each day, though no tomatoes yet. It took me forever to make the list this long.

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  18. illcookyouwash 2014-07-29 at 04:47

    Hi Sofia! What a great list! Patty directed me to your Food Bucket List post. I have a similar page on my site, but I call it Food Resolutions (http://illcookyouwash.wordpress.com/food-resolutions/ if you’re interested) and I only listed what I wanted to conquer this year. I love the idea of an all time bucket list too and I admit that I’m pretty much craving every food that you mentioned now 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2014-07-29 at 08:46

      Hi Indira, How cute of Patty for sending you here. A resolution list is a nice way to “remember” what you want to do 😉 I’m checking out yours now.

      Reply
  19. CatherineFoley 2015-03-18 at 14:33

    This is a great list and a fantastic blog! I’m inspired to make my own list, but probably only up to 25 or 50. Your pictures and recipes are amazing, too!

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    1. Sofia 2015-03-18 at 16:04

      Thanks for your lovely comments. Indeed you should make a list too, then have fun ticking off each point! Yeah, 100 took me ages to think up, 25 or 50 will do 🙂

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  20. in567 2015-09-15 at 04:55

    A great list. Now, I’ve added to mine. Thanks!

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    1. Sofia 2015-09-15 at 22:14

      Oh have you got one too?

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      1. in567 2015-09-15 at 22:57

        Not as detailed and lengthy as yours. It’s great you had shared yours. Additional tips added.

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  21. Vasun 2015-12-15 at 02:30

    I love this idea! I’ve only made a travel bucket list. Inspired to make a food bucket list after reading this post. Thank you!

    Reply

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