Another 365 (+1) days have passed us by, and we've arrived at yet another period of sappy recaps. (But is there even anything to recap?) The last nine months have likely been as vague for me as any other human requiring to interact with the outside world, with the COVID virus and its prominent, indefinite presence.
Over the course of the pandemic, the global community has been stretched with no expected end in sight. Majority of occupations were shifted to that of a virtual working environment, with the exception of the essential services that support our lives silently in the background. And the non-essentials, some of which I shall not deny contempt of, dissolved - either out of lack of need or lack of financial support. The shift towards electronic processes for municipal and provincial services were well overdue, yet materialized only in the wake of a crisis.
I'll admit it:
I missed experiencing work life in the flesh, whether it entailed office-bound overtime or not.
I missed the opportunities to engage with members of my social circle, whether we were on tight terms or not.
I missed outings that didn't involve running back to the house because I had forgotten a mask.
I missed the potential trip to see GOT7's domestic anniversary concert.
Most importantly, I missed the daily activities we took for granted. Every instance was a privilege, from every step to every living breath. Mere survival is already an opportunity. COVID couldn't depict more clearly that having health is having wealth.
From here, the only way is up, up the knowledge chain on a quest to conquer coronavirus and re-instate the activities we loved and will love again.
Within orangecane's package were jam-filled bakery-style cookies, experimental crunchy-chewy Mugwort Chocolate Chip cookies, and, my favourite of all, the trademark sleepy Santa.
1) Roasted carrots and Yukon Gold potatoes
Pan-fried in both a cast iron skillet and nonstick Teflon according to Josh's instructions, the inch-thick cuts were sublime and tender. The undeniably smokier finish of the cast iron method earned collective praise.
Inspired by June and adapted from Sunday Baking, my first foray into the realm of roll cakes utilized a sponge of equal parts natural and black cocoa powder, a rich espresso cream set by gelatin, and silky chocolate ganache to finish.
As with all life happenings, it was a first attempt - imperfect but intact, ultimately attaining its intended objective. And such should be our attitude towards year-ends, be it 2020 or beyond.