There's so many things I want to do, see and achieve. One thing I wanted to try was making my own, home-made drinks. Please check out the Dalston Cola Company for my initial inspiration, however there are more detailed recipes all over the place.
I don't particularly enjoy fizzy pop. It makes me bloated; it sorta clings to the teeth and we all know that the diet versions are practically posion. (P.S. Coke-Cola is also an evil company!) so I wanted something different.
Basically, you make a syrup (like the sort that goes into your Soda Stream) out of fruit, herbs/spices and some form of sugar - agave nectar or xylitol doesn't affect blood sugar levels as much - by cooking everything in a pan for five to ten minutes, leaving to cool, then putting into a food processor and straining through a sieve. Add chilled soda water and your done! (Mine is pink grapefruit and orange. I've also done a Lime Surprise and a pomegranite/mint combo. Yummy!)
I've also managed to cook braciole (but gone and forgotten to get a photo! D'oh!)
It's a lot easier than I thought, and - although braciole is Italian - there are lots of other European recipes that pretty much do the same thing. I've wanted to make it since Deborah in Everybody Loves Raymond made it (and because I love Italian!)
What you do: get some stewing steak. Flatten between two sheets of cling film using a mallet/rolling pin. Cover one side of the beef with breadcrumbs and chopped fresh basil/oregano. Roll tightly (to stop the filling coming out) and tie to hold it together. In a pan, fry off onion, garlic, chopped pepper, and add some chopped tomatoes, raisins and orange zest. Season the meat and fry off in a pan. Once browned, pour the sauce over the meat and cook for twenty mins [or bake in a medium oven]. Serve with rocket salad.
And finally, FINALLY...I've had my nails done in fuschia Shellac from the lovely team at Liberties hair/nails/beauty salon. Finally! (See why I should indulge in beauty treatments more often?)
What would you like to do, see or achieve this year?