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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

The last sunset of the year

My significant other is down with a nasty winter bug that has been going around, so tonight is going to be very low-key with movies lined up for viewing. Poor MotH. I had escargots à la Bourguignonne, foie gras, a platter of cheese, ham hocks, and lentils on the menu, but what the heck. If he feels better tomorrow, we can have all of that for breakfast. 🙂

As is the tradition on the last day of the year, we go for a hike somewhere. That wasn’t going to happen today, so the Dynamic Duo and I took a short stroll for the “lasts” of the year. Does it matter to pets if it is day 365? I think not. But I find it odd that they both insisted on taking a crap in the middle of the walk (we live in the country, it’s all natural) instead of doing their business at home. Wishing you all a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Dogs last walk of 2016
Last walk of the year

Dogs last sniff of the year
Last sniff of the year

Somebody come over here and help me finish the cheese! L-R: raschera d’alpeggio, Beppino Occelli’s Frutta e Grappa di Moscato (sheep and cow’s milk cheese topped with dried fruit and soaked in grappa), and toma di Murazzano. Everything purchased at Salumeria Olivero in Dogliani on via Guglielmo Marconi 4. Excellent place to shop for quality local products.