Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Children of the Revolution - 2013

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Like many of you, after eating and drinking myself close to Type 2 Diabetes, I am taking a fresh look forward to the next 12 months and considering what changes to make for 2013.

Christmas cake
Christmas cake
My own approach to resolutions are less to do with denial and more to do with learning something new. Last year was largely about bread.
Sourdough loaves
Sourdough bread - 2012's technical challenge!
Over the course of the year, I learned to bake my own bread, starting  in January with a baking course at Angela Gray's Cookery School and ending in December with a more advanced sourdough course at The One Mile Bakery. Since June I think I've only bought bread three times and genuinely feel like I've learned a skill for life.

I've been pondering what to do this year and I think it is time to face my own personal food Everest, the food that I have until now largely avoided. In the words of Masterchef, this will be my 'toughest challenge yet'.

Fish.

I have to confess that I am more than a little daunted by the prospect of handling, preparing and cooking fish. My experience of fish growing up, was limited to battered, breaded or boil in the bag cod. Maybe a prawn cocktail at Christmas but that was about it.

I now eat salmon, tuna, mussels, lobster and crab and recently had my first dover sole at the excellent Fish at 85 and loved it. This would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

So for 2013 my goals are:

  1. To try a new fish every month
  2. To eat fish for my main meal twice a week

The health benefits of eating fish are well covered elsewhere, but I suspect more of a challenge will be finding places to buy fresh and interesting fish in Cardiff. Aside from Fish at 85, there is the long established Ashtons in Cardiff market. There may well be other outlets that I am not aware of (suggestions left in the Comments section gratefully received).

So there it is, my goal for 2013. Eat more fish.

It may sound simple, even ridiculous to some of you, to me this is a big whoop. There will tears, tantrums and disasters along the way but I swear on my Henckels chef knife, that by the end of the 2013 I will be able to fillet a fish!
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