As I am reflecting back on this past year and looking toward 2016, my thoughts keep coming back to Carly Simon’s song “These are the good old days…”
It may sound corny and perhaps even trite but I take this message quite literally. Twenty years from now, we will be reminiscing of these times, these days we are living now and I want to live them fully cognizant of how meaningful they are, right now.
What this means to me personally is just to keep cherishing my family with all the wonderful people and furry friends in it, including our magnificent horse, Troubadour, whom we almost lost on Christmas eve. Thankfully, he is recovering well now. Everyone is healthy and well and I just want to revel in that and not take it for granted!
What this means for Cuisinicity is that I not only want to keep doing what I have been doing for my loved ones and for all of you, but I also want to pay it forward to our beautiful planet even more mindfully than I already have. I was particularly impacted by the “Finding Common Ground” summit held in Boston earlier in the year (I reported back on it here) that emphasized the importance of sustainability to our health, both personal and global, and to the future of our kids.
My new year’s resolution is to contribute to the sustainability of our environment and to the well-being of other species by creating even more plant-based recipes. In that spirit, I have expanded my repertoire of dishes and added a new Vegan category to my Recipe index on Cuisinicity.
My goal is to create a new line of wholesome vegan cuisine with a French Cuisinicity twist.
It is no small task of course, and it is a work in progress. I find it more challenging because it is newer to me… but I am learning! It has already paid off as it resulted in my creating a dessert that I consider one of the highlights of my Cuisinicity recipes over the last 20 years: my Crème au Chocolat which does without the heavy cream and eggs that it typically requires, without compromising its rich taste. It is the perfect marriage of Delicious and Nutritious and now I can proudly add to that…sustainable!
I recently created a Vegan Burger that I think will also satisfy even the more carnivorous among us! If you love Moroccan flavors, you will delight in my new Moroccan Tagine. I am currently perfecting a recipe for French Crêpes (savory and sweet) that will open up a whole range of delicious vegan options to add to my repertoire, so stay tuned! I just created a Mediterranean Barley Stew which I still have to write up for you, but you can already get a sense from this little video clip of me cooking it in my kitchen to see if you’ll like (love) it! Of course, I have many more recipes that I already had created over the years that you’ll just have to find for yourself in my Vegan recipe index or throughout the website as I am in the process of identifying them myself!
This year, 2016, there will be no “New Year-New Me”! Rather this new year will find me embracing the good old me and us. It will also find me trying to make whatever small contribution I can toward a brighter more secure future for our planet and for our kids!
I hope you will join me in this path, in whatever way you wish. My job will be to make it that much more enticing for you. I think I am up to the challenge!
Have a happy healthy new year, from my family to yours!