12 things: an update

On the first week of January, I posted about the 12 things I want to do in 2012. Instead of it to being just a fun list that I randomly came up with, I really want to do all 12 things this year and thought the best way to make sure it is done is if I document them here. This means, every time I do any of the 12 things, I will post about it under the tag "12 things".

Ooo, this will be really fun.

One of the first things I attempted was #3: Try a new recipe every week. Sometime last year, I got stuck in a cooking rut, cooking up (and eating) the same old dishes over and over again. And then it occurred to me to stir up my passion for cooking again by trying a new recipe every week and make the mundane interesting again. I didn't want that to stop. So...

I made these new dishes in the first 4 weeks of 2012; lamb with asparagus sauce, mild fish curry, cumin baked chicken with vegetable and a pan fried fish with lime and ginger dressing.

They're not crazy cool groundbreaking dishes - I know, but that wasn't the point of my 12 things. The point is, they are all new recipes, trialled and tested, and they have been integral in making the mundane cooking chores fun again. And that is what's important to me.

32 Responses to 12 things: an update

nancy said...

that's awesome :) congratulations on making headway in your 12 things list! the dishes look wonderful!

rolala said...

It can be so easy to fall into a rut with cooking and this a great way to integrate some fun into your repertoire. I really need to do something like this too.

Vivi K said...

I think that goal is wonderful, and really inspiring! I want to switch my food up this year as well, starting with breakfast. Cereal and milk is. so. over.
Plus, waffles covered in cream is much more appealing. :)

www.vivikstyle.blogspot.com

Much love, Vivi

honey my heart said...

the food looks yummy! great job.`

Wendy Sice said...

Well, I think they all look really yummy! xx

eat my shorts said...

Yum! They look like great dishes to me! :)

Daria said...

and now I'm hungry! :)

xxx
Daria, the Fashionsurfer

Lisa said...

I want to try that curry. Yum. I also loved the pics of your Chinese wedding. I love Singapore-I've been there 7 times. I have family there. Lisa

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

so eyegasmic.


Thinking Out Loud

Pop Champagne said...

those dishes look great and trying new recipes everyday sounds like a fun thing to do, I def feel like I need more "things" I can cook!

anurbanexplorer said...

The dishes look so delish!


XOXOJOANNIE
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HeartNhandmade said...

What a great Idea, really excited to see what you come up with :)
love those kind of posts :)

Marietta
from
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mojomade said...

Get OUT!! That food looks incredible - can you come over and cook for me?? I'm in Sydney too :) hehe

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Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

I love the idea of trying a new recipe every single week. I definitely get stuck in recipe ruts and am adding this to my must-do list too!

Fashion and Mie said...

It looks so yummy!

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Deidre said...

This is such a good idea and something that I totally struggle with! I get so bored with what I cook, but can sometimes really struggle to make new things!

Juanita Tortilla said...

Cooking is another avenue to get creative. Do you make weekly meal plans? Or is it spontaneous?

blondebenedicte said...

oh thank you! :)
aww, lovely pics! i love food :P eheh!
btw, if you like/want, we can follow each other, ok?! ;)
bisous xxx

Zoë {Conversation Pieces} said...

Well done you! I think that's a good resolution - and a very tasty one to stick to too!

Zoë {Conversation Pieces} said...

Well done you! I think that's a good resolution - and a very tasty one to stick to too!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

All those dishes look great and I think that your idea of doing 12 things over this year is a really good one. Keep it up! :-) Love from London xo

Taj Acosta said...

Great job girl! And your dishes all sound so elegant! xx

Natasha said...

These dishes look absolutely delicious! I'm terrible with cooking and I really should embrace some different things, especially while I have the freedom and time of being a student. xxx

Jill said...

i absolutely love your blog!
i couldn't stop reading your post, specially about your wedding, it was soo lovely ^___^
now following you!!
~Jill
http://aquaknockout.blogspot.com/

THE GLOSSY MOOD said...

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akiko hiramatsu said...

delicious!!!
I want to cook now.

akiko from Tokyo
http://kimonosnack.blogspot.com/

Maria- CityLaundry said...

food looks delish! great post! :D
xx

www.citylaundry.blogspot.com

green tea and red nails said...

such a great resolution! I think my husband would like me to make this resolution too :) haha! food looks delicious!

Kel xx

p.s - go right ahead and use the 'in this moment' idea. it has been floating around for a while now and i borrowed it from another blog too! looking forward to reading yours!

Carrie said...

mmmm, they look so delicious!!! especially that lamb. Y-U-M!

:)
Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

Bree said...

Are you kidding me? They look amazing! :D

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog, love!

Lots of love, B
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Tricia Tan said...

i found your blog via akiko's- i was most curious because we share the same name! hehe hello from singapore :)

p/s: i love your blog xx

trish
lulusayshi.blogspot.com

Ola said...

wow, the food looks so tasty! Good idea to try each week a new recipe!