Long-time board user, first time poster...
So I've been axed, laid-off, terminated, sent packing, blah blah blah, but with a decent severance. Before I embark on the next chapter of my yet-to-be glorious corporate career, I plan on spending the spring focusing on my amateurish foodie hobby. I want to shop, cook, experiment, discover, eat and drink as much good food as I can. Between the necessary trips to the gym, my goal is to become a better and more efficient cook.
So, I am looking to the hounds for suggestions, tips, ideas and generally, inspiration. What would be your dream set-up? My food preferences run the gamut.
I'm not looking for restaurant recommendations necessarily, but recipe ideas, unique food experiences I can attempt to recreate at home (outdoor fire cooked paella, whole roast suckling pig, etc...). I want to spend my mornings in the markets, delis, cheese shops, butchers (which ones?), my afternoons in my kitchen cooking, preserving, marinating, experimenting and writing about it, and of course my evenings eating and drinking wine.
My first big project is a 5 course dinner party for Friday. Suggestions?
I know this is a very general topic, but I plan to use it as a blog/dialogue as I try to put my idle hands to better use than watching tv.
laidoffhound in Toronto