Slow down and grow veggies: Courtney Roulston’s 2021 resolutions

For this Coles ambassador, 2020 taught her about the need to focus quality time on the things that matter.  

Courtney Roulston on her farm

Q: Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2021?

I am not really one for making resolutions, however I do think it is good to have something to strive towards. The new year brings a fresh start and I’ve always said it’s free to dream!  My plan for 2021 is to continue to try and spend quality time on things I enjoy, rather than juggling too many projects and rushing around as I’ve done in the past. I’d love to explore more parts of our beautiful country and I am very lucky I love my job, so I will be happy to continue working on various food projects, whatever they may be.

Q: What would you like to change about the food world – or the way Australians eat - in 2021?

I think one of the silver linings to come out of 2020 has been families returning to the kitchen, and nostalgic home cooking has become an enjoyable project for many. I’d love for this to continue in the new year as I think sitting down and sharing a home-cooked meal together has been lost in years gone by, with people leading busy lives. I would also love for all of us to try to make an effort to use less plastic packaging, eat less processed food, create less food waste and try to support our Aussie farmers by buying Australian-owned and grown produce, where possible.

Q: Is there a cuisine, ingredient or cooking style you plan to explore in 2021?

I would like to get a vegetable garden up and running (not that I have had much luck in the past). Growing up on a large farm, we grew fresh vegetables and fruits to harvest and I would love to try my not-so-green thumb out at growing my own produce to cook.

Q: What destination are you most looking forward to visiting in a post-COVID 19 world?

Even though I have visited London numerous times, I have always wanted to eat at The River Café (a Michelin-starred restaurant revered by many chefs). I guess it’s a good lesson to take away from 2020: if you are in a city and want to go somewhere, you should make the effort to go as you never know how long it will be until you will return.

Q: How have the events of 2020 affected the way you look at your family, friendships and career?

For me 2020 has been a chance to reset how I divide my time with work and family. My career has been full steam ahead for the past 10 years and if I am to be honest, I don’t think it would be healthy to have kept up that pace! I found it has forced me to slow down and given me time at home with family and time to enjoy the simple things in life.