So in my head one of the recurring themes about the trip North has been food. Good food that's also good for us, seasonal warm climate produce and the time to cook and eat with thought. But also the opportunity to do things a bit differently, to get better organised and planned about shopping and cooking, to experiment a bit with the how as well as the what.
And while Julia Child is not my ambition, I think there's some scope here for following Julie Powell's famous example and setting myself a little food oriented project, something I have to live up to. Is there a particular recipe book I'd really like to explore? A regional cuisine? A core ingredient? A technique?
I mean I'm not aiming for Master Chef, but I would like to progress my abilities and lift the overall tenor of our consumption. And I recognise that since the shortest distance between two points isn't always a straight line, a structured project that may seem to take me off track may in fact be the very best way to get to where I want to be.
I've been thinking this through as I look at my recipe book collection and try to decide which if any I really need to take with me. I mean I'll have the internet for goodness sake, but will that really be enough? Is there anything I need to do before I go, are commitments required?
So all you guys out there with your favourite recipes and recipe books, and stories about food and cooking, and tricks and tips and ways you manage the never ending task of keeping families fed and healthy, why don't you tell me.
Tell me what my project should be
Tell me what I should cook
Tell me where I should find my recipes
Tell me what you've learned that's made you a better cook
Can you tell I'm missing my sewing machine already?