It was early afternoon New Year's Eve at the insanely large Kroger at Kirby Parkway and I was feeling lucky already. The place was packed, and I had managed to snag the last bag of black-eyed peas from the freezer.
As I was standing in the checkout line, the woman behind me asked me about the kale in my cart. She wanted to know how I was going to cook it and then confessed that she had bought the greens before but only to use as decoration.
The conversation struck me as both charming and silly ... and it got me to thinking about all the things I've never done ...
Such as ...
1. Poached an egg
2. Made a pie crust from scratch
3. Used rutabagas or turnips
4. Made hummus, or ...
6. A decent stir-fry
7. A souffle
10. A tofu dish worth talking about.
So there it is. Maybe I'll give it go in 2010. Maybe I won't. Anybody out there have culinary goals for this year?
As for the kale, I told her I saute garlic and onions in olive oil and add the kale (sans stems) until it wilts and then spritz it with lemon juice.
When I was eating my black-eyed peas and kale, I was half-hoping that my line-mate didn't take my advice. This particular bunch of kale refused to wilt. It was tasty but tough. Perhaps I'd used up my luck with the peas.