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Foodie Resolutions for 2022

New Year, new me. It's a common phrase that's bandied around at this time of year, but why not shake it up a bit, new year, new menu?

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Over on DriveTribe, I've already put out a resolution for the automotive world, but here I feel the sister article ought to be a bit more personal. Some food-based resolutions for yours truly are in order.

Brine More

Some more exotic brines could be on the menu for 2022. Image; Krystal Black, Unsplash

Some more exotic brines could be on the menu for 2022. Image; Krystal Black, Unsplash

Brining is something I dabbled with when filming Formula Food for the Qatar Grand Prix, soaking my chicken legs in salty water before cooking them up to make machboos. The result, even after some pretty brutal cooking and a long time under the grill and in the oven, was some brilliantly moist chicken with gorgeously crispy skin and rich colour.

Brined chicken, then ferociously grilled to make Machboos.

Brined chicken, then ferociously grilled to make Machboos.

Tossing some peppercorns into my brining liquid added a nice peppery spice to the chicken and I was quite impressed by how well it turned out and what it added to the meat. So for 2022, I'd like to spend a bit more time experimenting with brining and seeing what flavours I can impart to meat as well as what results it'll bring with regards to colour and moisture content.

Bake More

This is another one that stems from Formula Food. This season I've done a fair bit of baking and successfully so. Cornbread muffins, bread rolls, worstenbroodjes, sachertorte have all littered the second series and retrospectively, they were some of my favourite dishes to make, especially the bread rolls that I made with the thareed at the tail end of the season. So through 2022, I'm hoping to spend a bit more time working on my baking skills, while maybe not on the cake front, but bread-wise, I'll be happy if I can nail a few different styles of loaf and roll. Who knows, maybe even some pastry work. Just don't expect to see me on Bake Off anytime soon!

What about you's lot? Have you set yourself any food-based resolutions for 2022? Anything you want to try? Do more? Experiment with? Let me know in the comments.

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Comments (20)

  • I'd like to try my hand at soups. I like soups a lot but somehow I never made any so far. How hard can it be? 😊

      19 days ago
    • Easy peasy - just make sure you start with a decent stock, and it's duck soup. πŸ¦†

        19 days ago
    • I'd like to go all the way and also make the stock myself 😊

        19 days ago
  • Good resolutions! I hope to *finally* get some use from the pierogi maker that inspired me to purchase!

      19 days ago
    • You have a pierogi maker! I need me one of those!

        19 days ago
    • I even have 3 pierogi makers for different sizes but what I really need is someone to knead and roll the dough before the pierogi makers can be deployed. Something tells me it's going to be me 😊

        19 days ago
  • Bake more, and make more pasta. I've dabbled in pasta before, but it's never been a massive success, so this year I want to start perfecting the techniques, as I eat so much of the stuff.

      18 days ago
    • Fresh, home made pasta is a real treat. If I get the chance to, I’ll give it another go this year. It’s pretty labour intensive

        18 days ago
  • I want to try and bake more!

      15 days ago
  • Baking more is a great one! 😊 I guess I would like to learn to make cafe-style coffees at home

      17 days ago
    • There’s a real knack to that. I just about had the hang of it while working in restaurants. I could do a mean floater coffee.

        16 days ago
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