New year, new goals

brown and black wooden docor
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We all do it, those new year resolutions, and I’m probably late (by social media standards) in declaring the ubiquitous January objectives. I prefer goals instead, they sound less demanding, and makes me think of a nice reward at the end which can be the aspiration itself AND something else to sweeten the deal.

Okay, so much for the current wordpress Block Editor where you can embiggen the first letter, change both font and post-background colors, have free use of images at your disposal, and a bunch of other bells and whistles. I couldn’t figure out how to get the text to align on both sides and found out soon enough that it involved more than I was willing to do and pay for.

That said, my ideals for 2019 are these 3: read 19 books, attend 5 sagre to complete my page 100 Ways to Celebrate Italy, and being more conscientious about the needless use of plastic in the household. By now I think all of us have seen those plastic pollution videos that have gone viral on the internet, and even if it’s a little thing like bringing reusable shopping bags to the market, every gesture counts toward helping the environment.


Out with the old, in with the new

Is it fake? Is it real? Who eats tangerines with toast?!

I am just floored to have accomplished this chicken liver pate disguised as a citrus, all thanks to the step-by-step recipe on Cumbria Foodie. Made famous by Heston Blumenthal and known as meat fruit, putting this together would’ve been less catastrophic if my digital thermometer hadn’t gone kaput while the pate was in the oven AND the so-called mandarin puree for making the “skin” was actually puree instead of juice!

Major panic attack and subsequent quick thinking aside, making this starter dish was my way of ushering out the old year with something special on the table. 2018 was tough, and I know I’m not alone thinking this. But all we can do, all we MUST do, is to keep going forward, never stop believing in ourselves, and have faith that good things still do exist. Thank you to my readers and visitors. We wish you a healthy and happy new year from the chestnut forest.

Last sunset of 2018