Happy Wednesday girls! I am sure you have enjoyed this past week with friends and family, reflected on those wonderful memories from last year, and treated yourself to some festive food. You must have completed certain resolutions from last year and finalized a few for this year. We thought instead of just cooking resolutions, why not pick a few Culinary project ideas for 2021? Do you like the idea of creating a few cooking resolutions? Then this blog is just for you!
Read on to make a list of culinary project ideas and cooking resolutions for 2021!
Top 10 Culinary Project Ideas and Cooking Resolutions for 2021
Updated from the earlier blog of ‘Top 10 Culinary Project ideas for 2019’.
Last week, while I was shopping (rather window shopping) at a local mall, my eyes caught this huge, attractive display. The display looked enticing: gorgeous packaging, beautiful colors, and attractive arrangements of what looked like books from a 20 ft distance. Now, who does not like books! So I decided to step into the store to take a closer look!
Few steps closer and I realized it was nothing but a 2021 diary display! I was absolutely dumbfounded and thought, “Man, they did a good job!’’ Anyway, I picked up a few copies that I found the most attractive of all. Every diary I touched had this elaborate section to jot down your resolutions. And that’s when I wondered what would I fill this section with?
Since I belong to the category of ‘Don’t-believe-in-resolutions’, I came up with a list of a few activities under the title ‘2021 Culinary Project Ideas’. So here I am, sharing these trendy, quirky, contemporary culinary ideas which could be your ‘cooking resolutions’ for 2021 or just a fun activity to plan with friends and family!
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#1 Heritage Week
This is a super fun culinary project idea, especially for those moms with teenage kids. It resonates with the cooking resolution for 2021 of ‘connecting with your heritage’. Once a month or a fortnight, ask your children (or you may do it yourself) to research a certain state/ culture/ ethnicity of the country. They may gather information like food, climate, geographical features, dressing culture, language, etc. And then, as a family, you create a menu based on this theme. Cook the regional food and celebrate by watching a movie or documentary related to this topic.
Example: Every 2nd Saturday: January– Coastal Maharashtra Cuisine. Watch a documentary on the Koli community; understand their history, crop cycles, attire, etc. Food: Bombil fry, kolambi kalvan, solkadi
#2 Globally Local culinary project
This is a similar culinary project idea as above, except we step out of the country and this entire earth becomes our platform. Pick a country, research their lifestyle, food, geography, etc. Have a small presentation before dinner, and celebrate the culture.
Example: Country: Morocco | Food: Lamb Tagine and Couscous, kafta, ras el hanout etc.
Country: Japan | Food: Sushi, Sashimi, Soba, Kimchi, Miso, etc.
#3 MasterChef Ingredient
You can choose a cooking resolution for 2021 about understanding the food item before you eat it.
So, for this culinary project, pick an ingredient of the week (example: Rice), based on what’s locally available at that time of the year. Visit a plantation of this ingredient if possible. Study the different forms in which it can consume, different festivals that involve this ingredient (Laxmi Pujan, Weddings, Lohri). Have a small documentary show on this ingredient, plan a meal around it. You can also include a small story by the grandparents. Enjoy an educational weekend with your family!
#4 Food Tales
This is more of an activity for young adults, newly married couples, or just plain foodies. Visit your relatives, aunties, uncles, grandparents and conduct a family cooking class. Learn some family recipes from them, take down notes, help them cook and clean. Everyone can then sit down for a nice family meal. Soon enough, you will have your own collection of recipes and the contributors will be your near and dear ones.
#5 Be your own Sommelier
Another fantastic culinary project idea for travelers, or for people who love to indulge in a particular food item. Example – tea, coffee, chocolate, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc. Visit the plantation or the vineyards, research, taste, make notes and be that person who talks ‘chocolate’ or ‘coffee’ or ‘wine’.
#6 ‘To the roots’ culinary project
Your cooking resolution for 2021 can be about ‘getting to know the roots while you enjoy food’. It can be about getting to know the farmers who do the actual work.
‘To the roots’ is an outdoor culinary project where we can visit local farmers, or join local farming projects. Help the farmers in any way that you can, volunteer on the farm, spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You learn where and how food grows, you use it to prepare your own meals and it’s very much recreational.
#7 Perceive & Preserve
This activity is great if your grandparents are still around or if you belong to a family that makes a year’s worth of pickle, jam or chunda or papad, or similar foods. It’s a great art to learn, especially making papads. There are so many varieties of papads that Maharashtrians alone use- mirgunda, poha papad, kurdai, nachni papad, batata papad, sabudana papad, etc. It is an art worth perceiving and definitely preserving for our future generations.
#8 Garden to Kitchen culinary project
This is the easiest culinary project of all. Plant simple ingredients in your balcony garden like coriander, methi, mustard greens, chili, curry leaves. These are not high maintenance at all and something that we regularly use in our cooking. If you have a little more space in your yard, you may also plant a lemon tree, chikoo tree, etc. Thus you know what you have grown is organic, pesticide-free, and highly nutritious. Involving children in such activities will make their minds sharper and active. iPads are out, hands-on gardening is in!
You will also like: Farm to Table
#9 Family heritage cookbook
This is, by far, my favorite culinary project idea. In fact, as a foodie and a family person, I myself am working on a similar project. Use online tools like cloud or G-suite for this project. Very technical, yet personal. Form a group of foodie relatives and friends. Ask each member to contribute a recipe or two. Every family has a photographer, by default! And guess what, they get to capture interesting family and food shots. Do this all year round, make a collection of recipes and family secrets. Publish the book, and distribute a copy of this book to every family. Something absolutely worth handing over to the next generation.
#10 Raise a food lover
Yet another activity for moms with younger kids. Make your children fall in love with food. Let them be aware of where food comes from, how it is prepared or how much effort it takes to make food. We certainly do not want a generation that thinks doodh comes from bhaiyya. When your kids are ready to move out for university or work, as a mother, you should not be worried about their ‘khaana-peena’. By now, they should be adult enough to make their own breakfast and dal-chawal-roti-subzi. Involve your little ones in daily kitchen chores. Offer allowances for their ‘services’- be it washing dishes or rolling out their own chapati. Let them play with rice, and teach them how it’s cooked! And thus, raise a food lover and not a ‘take-out’ generation.
Celebrate your culinary project ideas
With the help of these culinary project ideas and cooking resolutions, you can celebrate culture and heritage. It will help your next generation gain some valuable knowledge that is beyond the scope of textbooks.
Let us become an active part of global events and this way, we will not only respect other cultures but will develop an appreciation towards ours. As I mentioned, these activities are cleverly crafted to involve children and adults. A sense of family is very important, as we all know, and conducting such fun events will help our younger ones learn and appreciate food.
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Today, we live in a world where fast-food chains, processed foods, and sugar-packed refined products are more than popular. Needless to mention what ill-effects they bring to the table.
Therefore, here are 10 cooking resolutions for 2021 that will help us keep our culinary heritage alive and thriving in the blood of our future generations.
Let us know which culinary project are you taking up? I am definitely doing #9 and I shall keep you all posted about the same!
|| Anna Data Sukhi Bhavo.|| [Let the food -provider be blessed and happy]