Happy New Year or "Operation: Cash in on the self hatred we create to survive" as the diet industry may know it.
Now this isn't going to be an anti diet piece, I just want to say in this time of life changing resolutions, being healthy is a great goal but you don't have to hate yourself to get there.
2 years ago my resolution was to never eat anything from a restaurant with a drive thru and that's one I have kept, mainly cos the food is crap so it's not that hard.
I had thought about posting new resolutions but I don't think it is the right message.
I do have my own health goals but they don't come with a side order of "you're not good enough"
We are constantly bombarded with messages that we are not "whatever enough":
- Tall enough
- Short enough
- Small enough
- Big enough
- Smart enough
- Dumb enough
- Hot enough
- White enough
- Black enough
- Australian enough
- Male enough
- Female enough
- Trans enough
- Straight enough
- Gay enough
- Important enough
- Followed enough and the list goes on.
Don't let anyone ever sell you this message because it is absolutely 100% fucking bullshit!
(yep swear jar)
You are brilliantly "You Enough" and that is all you ever have to be!
At this point I'll get off my soap box and show you what's in my kitchen while you have Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand singing in your head....enough is enough!
And by the way, this isn't a licence to be horrible or be a bully and claim you are just being yourself.....nice try!
In My Kitchen.....
.....is not quite a cornucopia but the makings of a ratatouille from the garden. It is remarkable what remembering to water can achieve.
In My Kitchen....
...are some addictive zucchini pickles that I found on Lorraine's blog Not Quite Nigella. I do get a little buzz when I type a recipe into Google and the results come up with some of the IMK gang.
With zucchini being something I can grow well there will be many more batches, I used malt vinegar as that was what was in the cupboard and reduced the sugar as well you know I am sweet enough apparently....apart from the swearing before, sorry about that it's my first and last F word.
My lunches have been pickles on sourdough and blue goat cheese...I have usually eaten it by 9.30am
In My Kicthen....
....is the joy of the blogging community brought to life.
The incredible (flirty) Celia sent me some of her sour dough starter Priscilla as I'm sure many reading this would have also received.
Check out my Conchita Wurst Christmas angel....
What was the most wonderful part of this process was that Celia held my and others hands through the birthing process and followed along on twitter to see how the loaves were progressing.
There was a real sense of community with the baking of these loaves and a great connection with people that have may have only met on social media.
Thank you Celia, I am not off the sour dough killer register yet but I know I am off to a great start..er...see what I did there!
Then Conciabatta moved onto oliebollen for new years and a sneak peak at Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 which will come to you live from Vienna!
In My Kitchen....
....is a wonderful Christmas sized block of cheese from the farmer's market. If he brings cheese, then yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!!
I'll be bringing you a lot more recipes this year developed with the delectable produce on offer at my local farmers market. I'm not on their payroll so they aren't sponsored posts but they could always pay me in cheese......though how does one declare cheese on their tax???
In My Kitchen.....
.....is probably the reason for my earlier rant, over the Christmas break I became older and wiser!
Yep, I hit 40!
My philosophy about age is that if the number doesn't get bigger it's because you are dead, so bring on the numbers!
I love that at 1 day old I was already expressing my opinion so clearly!
The Darling AB assisted with the recreation and had the pearls of wisdom when I complained I didn't know how to make the face..."well you've done it before!"
You may not believe that I didn't take a picture of my cake, but it's one I've already blogged so that is my excuse.
Thanks to Faye who tweeted a photo of the wonderful celebration with friends and family who I am very blessed and grateful to have in my life.
@dbtsauce @botherambo Scrumptious & the cake was delicious too! pic.twitter.com/ql5GdGhg8I
— Faye Simpson (@Notfayzed) December 26, 2014
Some festive face fun....that sounds worse than it is!
Hope you all have a safe and happy break and look forward to this new year together...
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen, I hope I wasn't too ranty? If you're reading this now it must be ok...
Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens