Top 12 Ways To Have Fun With Your Food
In the Middle Ages most Europeans celebrated New Year's Day on March 25. This holiday, known as "Annunciation Day," coincided with the spring harvest, and an observer's typical resolution went something like: "Next year, I will try to return my neighbour's sickle on time."
In 1582 the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year's Day moved to January 1. Since this time, people have not stopped setting resolutions for the upcoming year; however, the scope of their goals has changed considerably.
According to a study conducted at the University of Washington, the third most common resolution involves eating healthier and the most common resolution involves increased exercise. Regardless of your resolution (whether it includes health improvement or farm equipment) here's a list of some fun ways to spice up the upcoming year:
A goal for every month of the year:
1) Eat five foods you haven't eaten in ages, but still clandestinely crave. Throw a fondue party and help resurrect the latest retro trend. Make homemade ice cream and top it with Magic Shell! Mmmm ... jelly-filled donuts. Order the jumbo size buttered popcorn at the movies and even go back for the free refill. Did someone say eggs Benedict at an all-you-can-eat buffet? Moderation in all things, including moderation.
2) Be nice to a friend with food (bake them a cake). Not only will it make you feel good, but who knows, maybe someone will repay the favour next year.
3) Eat a food with eyeballs. This one's for dinners with real foresight and fortitude. Soft-shell crabs, anyone?
4) Throw a dinner party. Why not make things interesting and add a theme? Costume parties are fun, but magic parties are even better: have your guests come equipped with something up their sleeve.
5) Learn the recipes for two new cocktails. How about a Hurricane Iniki and a Hairy Buffalo?! Oh, and don't overlook the Negroni -- it's 2 parts gin, 1 part Campari, a splash of sweet vermouth and an orange peel, and shaken, not stirred.
6) Go to a farmer's market. Store-bought produce is fine. Canned fruit is okay... But farmer's markets have apples the size of watermelons! Dress in overalls and see if you get a farmer's discount. Make sure you have a farmer's tan or you'll be called out as an impostor.
7) Dine somewhere you ordinarily wouldn't be caught dead in. When's the last time you went to a greasy spoon, a drive-in or your old college hangout?
8) Buy new spices. When's the last time you cleaned your spice rack and revamped your inventory? Indian spices are all the rage these days, so why not mix your own curry powder and sprinkle it on a burger or vegetables? And when's the last time you flavoured something with a real vanilla bean? Hey, that's too long.
9) Eat an early-bird special. Get decked out in your slickest polyester leisure suit and let the bargains roll in.
10) Drink a glass of wine older than you. Tired of folks telling you how everything was better in "their day"? Feel like you were born in the wrong era? Well, enjoy a piece of the past while putting their grumbling to the test.
11) Eat something with more legs than you. Freshly killed or still crawling ... we'll leave it up to you to decide.
12) Sample cuisine from a country you've never heard of. I wonder what they eat in Djibouti, Bhutan or Qatar? Can't wait to find out. Watch out Anthony Bourdain!
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