It’s a new year! I am a little late to talk about the holiday season but I really enjoyed the Christmas and festive gatherings with friends that I gotta blog about them.
I had a Christmas potluck dinner with my ex-colleagues where I contributed a cake. The process of making this cake was really eventful – I took 4 hours!
The cake was made of sponge layers sandwiched with orange curd and Cointreau chocolate ganache. The chocolate ganache was a total last minute decision. My orange curd overcooked and I strained a bit of cooked egg away, leaving me with very little curd. I also frosted the cake with marshmallowy Swiss meringue and topped it with crushed candy canes for a festive look. The cake wasn’t fantastic, considering I’m a total noob at this, but it was edible. Passable, I guess.
We also had lots of food – seafood pasta, beef stew, salad, fruit quinoa salad (not pictured), garlic bread (not pictured), bacon chicken rolls and stuffed mushrooms.
Well, I guess this is the time to make a list of my New Year’s Resolutions. I have already started on some, since a new year has already begun.
- Keep this blog alive. I will bake / cook / make tasty treats at least twice a month and blog about my successful attempts. I am definitely also trying to make more challenging stuff, like how I tried to make soft caramel candies today. Failed terribly as I burnt the caramel and had to dump it. Well, practice makes perfect!
- Maintain a healthy diet. I’m a really picky eater. I dislike veggies since I was young and will not eat them. But recently, I have become more accepting to try them, i.e. adding spinach to my smoothies, eating greens and salads beside my food and the greens my mum cooked. I am building up my food repertoire so that I have more alternatives in food than eating meat all the time. I’m trying to add more fruits and veggies and abstain from snacking on junk food.
- Exercise more. At least twice a week. I’m so incredibly lazy that I procrastinate when I want to exercise. I signed up for an aqua aerobics course and my office just had a gym opened. Less excuses for me to skive!
I’m going to keep my list simple. Of course there are so many aspects I can plan for myself to do – work towards a better career, better financial planning and starting a relationship. But I think if I can change my attitude, from being a lazy bum who procrastinates way too much to someone who takes care of herself properly, everything will fall into place properly.