Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bye bye 2011, hello 2012

Confit pork, baked potatoes, salad

Food Diary (December 31, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Chickpeas and rice
Dinner: Confit pork, baked potatoes, salad, nachos, hummus...
Baking/sweets: Pavlova with cream and berry sauce

Most of my friends and colleagues said that 2011 was a very challenging year. I agree. Even though 2012 has barely started it seems more promising. Let us all hope for a great 2012. I wish you all the very best for 2012, may all your dreams and wishes come true.

Many of us are probably welcoming 2012 with a hangover. This is excellent, it means it should only get better.

Thank you for reading my humble blog, for giving me inspiration and motivation. And if you have a blog that I read, thank you very much for sharing your stories and recipes. The reason I keep coming back is because I love it, I haven’t told you but I do. You rock, please smile, please keep smiling, don’t stop, it suits you. And keep writing.

Pavlova with cream and berry sauce

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Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and Brie

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: The Local
Todays article is a real life story. It illustrates why you should never to give up hope. There is some connection to food but its mainly about a wedding ring. 

As you see in the photo, the carrot is wearing a wedding ring. No, the carrot is not married. It is sweet, single, organic and available The story started in 1995 when Lena PĂ„hlsson, living in Sweden, lost her ring. She had put it on the kitchen counter during a holiday baking session. Lena and her husband searched thoroughly and failed to find the ring. They gave up hope of seeing it again.

Couple of months ago Lean gathered the last of the carrots from the family vegetable patch. One of the carrots was so small, she was about to throw it away when she realized that it had something attached to it. It was her wedding ring.

Several theories have been developed as to how a carrot ended up wearing Lena's ring. It may have fallen into the compostable food bin which was spread over the vegetable patch. Or it passed through the family's sheep, which is often fed kitchen scraps. 

I guess the most important lesson from this amazing true story is to never give up hope. What you lose may turn up. In some cases it may have travelled through the digestive tracts, but it may turn up. Hang in there. I guess another lesson is that you don’t need a ring to keep the marriage intact. I think but I am no marriage counselor. And finally, eat carrots, they are good for you. If you have space grow your own. 

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  1. What a gorgeous, gorgeous story! And Happy New Year to you! May 2012 bring much, much awesomeness :)

  2. It was obviously good for her eyes! What a happy ending ... good start to a new year. Happy year ahead, Mr T!

  3. The mystery of the carrot and the wedding ring! A cute story to ring in the new year :)

  4. Love that story- just made by day! Happy New Year

  5. Perfect story to start the new year! It's a pleasure to check in daily with you as well! Happy, happy New Year...and wishing you a delicious 2012!

  6. Thank you for the condolences you sent me. Yes 2011 was challenging, particularly December. YAY for 2012! A great story about the wedding ring. I want to wish you a wonderful New Year for 2012 filled with health, loved ones and success in your endeavors.

  7. Hannah: thank you so much, the same for you

    ping: hahaha, I didn’t think of that, carrots are good for the eyes.

    Lorraine: and the mystery will remain unsolved

    Kitchen Belleicious: glad you loved it. Happy new year to you too

    Lizzy Do: pleasure to welcome you everyday too

    Cheap Ethnic Eatz: thank you, same to you

  8. The ring story is lovely! Thank you for finding it for us!
    Thank you for all the wishes and kind words for all of us. I also love your blog, your experiments with baking, cooking, your incredible cookies and herring dish recipes and the daily dose of food-related knowledge you offer us! I am definitely addicted to my daily visits and hope you will never stop blogging, so that I can get my daily shot ;-) Happy New Year! I hope it will be 100x better than the 2011 in every possible way!

  9. Sissi: thank you so much. I hope to never stop blogging but never say never I guess.

  10. Happy New Year to you!