The Pearl Project will commence on January 23rd, 2012–a.k.a. the Chinese New Year. From Chinese New Year 2012 to Chinese New Year 2013, I will be traveling the world. Without leaving the kitchen. Except to buy groceries, of course.
I have always enjoyed travel. I’ve been planning my own travel itineraries as an adult (okay, college student/adult) for over six years. I’d go almost anywhere. But I am still fairly new to cooking. During a stretch of unemployment after graduating from Library School, I watched a tremendous amount of the Food Network and read a good deal about healthy eating habits. I used the unemployment phase to actually learn to cook. Gone are the days of Tombstone pizzas and Hamburger Helper.
When considering New Year’s resolutions for 2012, I decided to combine my two interests of travel and cooking in order to expand my cooking skills. I am challenging myself to cook, bake, and eat the cuisine of each of the 205 sovereign nations of the Planet Earth within the Year of the Dragon time frame.
I aim to recreate the quintessential dishes of each country. This means I will be practicing new cooking techniques, shopping at new grocery stores, and using new ingredients. Though I am trying to use authentic ingredients, I will also put my own spin on dishes. Fair warning, I’m mostly an herbivore, so if the recipe is not typically vegetarian, I will probably be making an adaptation. You may also see slightly healthier versions of some traditional foods. If you think I’ve gone too far, let me know. (And then I’ll try to justify my choices while pretending that I really wished to conform to your idea of the dish…)
I am blogging about my experience to hold me accountable for my goal. Oh, yeah, and I love taking photos of my food! I am doing this for myself. This is my food journey. But I would still really enjoy it if you would like to come along.
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