One of my favorite tweeters and food enthusiasts, Rebecca Subbiah of the blog Chow and Chatter, recently posted a quote by Wayne Gretzky – the hockey player – that really resonated with me:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
This quote has literal meaning for my daughter who is playing on her high school freshman soccer team, And well, @dormantchef had another interpretation all together:
Which I can roll with as well.
But the quote struck me more philosophically, as I head into some new and exciting food adventures for 2013. Who knows whether I’ll score the winning goal, but I’ll be happy that I took the chance and experience many adventures along the way. So I hope you’ll join in the fun in 2013. Here’s some of the details:
Last year, an exciting new cookbook was published from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi called Jerusalem, published by Ten Speed Press. It caught my eye visually and for the fascinating content within – an exploration of the food of Jerusalem highlighting the many cultures that live there and the myriad influences from cuisines near and far. Coincidentally, my long-time friend Sarene Wallace (@fringefood), an accomplished communications professional and food writer was equally engrossed by the book and cuisine. In the spirit of Wayne Gretzky’s quote, we harnessed that enthusiasm to start a virtual cooking group called Tasting Jerusalem (#TastingJrslm on Twitter). The group will “cook together”, using the book as a springboard to explore Middle Eastern cuisine through the ingredients and flavor-packed recipes highlighted within. We start cooking January 15 – join the group by liking our Facebook page, subscribing to OMG! Yummy, and following the hashtag on Twitter (#TastingJrslm).
Shortly after the launch of this group, I will be teaching my first cooking class! And what’s even more exciting is that Cheryl Sternman Rule, the award-winning blogger (5secondrule.typepad.com), writer, and cookbook author (RIPE: A fresh colorful approach to fruits and vegetables) agreed to teach it with me. The class will take place at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos as part of their celebration of a Jewish holiday called Tu BiSh’vat – the celebration of the New Year for the Trees.
The class will explore what the Seven (food) Species of Tu BiSh’vat are – wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. Tu BiSh’vat is also a chance to explore the ways we can preserve our environment and land, so we’ll also look at what fruits and vegetables are ripe and available locally during this season. Then we’ll incorporate many of the seven species and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables into two dishes that the class will prepare and then share at the morning brunch. We will likely use one recipe from Cheryl’s cookbook and one from Jerusalem.
The Daily Meal
Near the end of 2012, I became a member of the Culinary Content Network of the The Daily Meal, a food and drink site filled with food stories, recipes, interviews and more. If you scroll to the bottom of my blog page, you’ll see a link to their content. I’ve already met many interesting food enthusiasts and was included in a special feature prepared in conjunction with Kikkoman all about family heritage recipes called The Tradition Exchange. Spend a few minutes and read through all the different family food traditions from stuffed cabbage to gnocchi to Mom’s Berry pie.
What new and exciting opportunities will you take a chance and dive into in 2013?