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.
Eat mussels with French fries in the North of France. Done. Make baba au rhum.It was amazing. 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. Make a New York style cheesecake. Done. Eat cheesecake in New York. Done. Make terrines.Very nice. Make jam.Mastered. Make pesto.I think everybody should do this.
- Make melanzane alla parmigianna.
- Get a replacement for my oven mitt, which has been burnt a couple of times. No comment.
- Make fresh pasta. Unsupervised.
- 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.
- Make scones.
- Learn to make spring rolls, like my mum’s.
- Learn to make lemper, like my mum’s.
- Make sates.
- Make chewy cookies.
- Make brownies.
Make lemon curd.Done
- Make a crumble.
- Make a beautiful marble cake. Sure I’ve made marble cakes before, but they weren’t extremely artistic looking.
- Make steak and kidney pie.
- Eat in Portugal, again.
- Eat specifically cod fish in Portugal.
- Have my own chickens that lay eggs.
- Grow lemons.
- Grow tomatoes. I’m not sure the tomato plant I bought with tomatoes already on them can classify as such.
- Grow fruits.
- Make the split pea fritter recipe from my friend Piano Learner.
- Make chocolate mousse. I made one a few years ago but stirred too much and the bubbles disappeared. It resembled more like nutella.
- Make ice cream.
- Make popsicles.
Cook with seaweed. Done, with wakame.
- Make sushi.
- Make pizza.
- Eat pizza in Italy (again).
Eat a hamburger in the US. Done.
- Eat empek empek in Indonesia (again).
- Eat dim sum in Hong Kong (again).
- Dine in a coastal town in Greece.
Make dim sum (again). Here’s the proof.
- 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…
- Make marshmallows.
- Make gazpacho.
- Make hummus.
- Make fondue.
- Eat fondue in France or Switzerland.
- Make my own sukiyaki.
- Visit a cheese factory.
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.
- Visit a brewery.
- Learn to eat noodle soups gracefully.
- Attend a wine tasting course.
- Make Thai green curry with all the ingredients from scratch. Until now I’ve only made them using Thai green curry pastes.
- Make my own dried tomatoes.
- Bake bread.
- Make cakes for charity.
- Make cocktails.
- Make my own chili sauce, like my mum does.
- Make ceviche. I made some years ago with a friend from Peru… but I really can’t remember every detail.
- Make the salad with raw fish (in lime and coconut milk) like the ones I had when I lived in New Caledonia.
- Make Indonesian desserts.
- Make a pie with a beautiful top, like woven shapes.
- Make cava sangria.
- Cook escargots.
- Make my own liqueur.
- Make a cake or cupcakes – with icing!
- Eat papayas in South East Asia (again).
- Try red velvet cake, just to see what the fuss is all about…
- Make macaroons.
- Make eclairs.
Eat éclairs in France (again) .Done. Eat croissants in France. Believe it or not, I think I’ve never done this.Done.
- Make croissants.
- Make octopus – pulpo a la gallega style.
- Buy a coffee grinder. I guess the smell of grinding coffee must be amazing.
- Deep fry something. I have a kind of fear of deep frying, so I’ve never done it.
- Make yogurt.
- Make salmon tartare.
- Make caramel fudge.
- Make mochi.
- Make croquettes.
- Eat cou d’oie farci in France.
- Eat at Bar Tomás, Barcelona, at least one more time.
- Make almond milk.
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. 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.
- Learn to successfully poach an egg.
- Make a flambé something.
Make granola. Done Make vegetarian burgers. These are extremely good!
- Cook with the sous-vide method.
- Make preserved lemons.
- Have a picnic in the countryside.
- Make slow roasted pork.
- Make roast duck.
- Make cute gingerbread men.
- Make baklava.
- Make mulled wine.
Make tarte tatin. Yes!
Are there any dishes or food events that you would especially like to do?
Thank you for reading!