So it’s a new year again, and although January first means nothing in terms of the earth actually circling the sun, I suppose two thousand or so years of tradition count for something.
(Julius Caesar implemented the Julian calendar in 45 BCE, establishing January 1st as the start of the new year – maybe next year I’ll get back to you on why that particular date was important, but in the meantime I don’t want to hear any complaining about how learning history is stupid because things that happened 2,000 years ago don’t affect us.)
It’s been an interesting year for me. I moved halfway across the country. I started this blog. I have half a book written. I discovered an undying love for apple turnovers.
Well, actually, it’s an undying love for pastry. The turnovers are just the best I can get. And speaking of pastry, that’s my first resolution: I want to learn to bake proper croissants, lamination and all. Crispy, crunchy, soft, and delicious croissants.
That’s it. That’s really all. It’s definitely the most important thing. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Okay, so it’s not really all. My new year’s resolutions are as follows:
- a black tea cake: by the end of this year, I will have created a cake that will taste like the most heavenly cup of tea you’ve ever had
- mastering the art of the wingéd salad dressing
- more all-inclusive vegetarian dishes – not just vegetarian meals, but vegetarian meals with a focus on vegetables.
- desserts – there’s a whole world out there of desserts that are not just cakes or pies, that are interesting and dynamic and, most importantly, delicious.
I have one other resolution, which doesn’t have anything to do with food but will be relevant to alsohoney anyway:
- One is to read more, and not just any book I come across. I want to be more thoughtful about the books I read and what I expose myself to. I’ll be reading more books by and of people of color, disabled people, lgbt+, and women. We Need Diverse Books is an excellent place to start for anyone who wants to join me. And just to make sure I keep up my end (because I do have a terrible track record with resolutions), I’m going to set up a calendar for myself.
- This January, I’ll start off easy with a female author and main character. I’ve been wanting to read Maya Angelou for a long time, so my first pick will be I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.