When you think about it, a calendar year is a bit like a casserole. The end product contains a lot of ingredients and some of them stand out more than others. There are some you like, and some you don’t, but you include those anyway because you understand that they’re a staple part of the dish.
Especially on the first couple of occasions, you will always start out with some kind of recipe, an ideal list of what the dish is going to include, but in reality your weights and measurements of each individual ingredient might be all over the place. Your scales might be broken and Tesco might be out of onions (if you don’t believe this can happen, come to my local Tesco, and walk back out with twenty five per cent of your shopping list unchecked due to the sparsity of the shelves). You may have no choice but to purchase some alternative ingredients instead. They’re not what you intended but… you’re up for seeing how they go. Why not.
When you finally get round to tasting your casserole there’ll be times when you mainly taste the dumpling (yum!), and other times when you might only be able to taste the tinned tomatoes (yuck). If the latter happens, you’ll probably change your recipe and quantities accordingly, because you don’t want that happening again. It’s the same thing when it gets to this time of year and you reflect back on the previous twelve months. Some themes and events will stand out more than others.
Personally, I’m not a massive fan of recipes. I find them useful in providing a bit of direction at first, but struggle to keep in tandem with them after the first couple of steps. Maybe that’s why each time I cook the same dish it turns out different, and perhaps in a funny sort of way it’s not far apart from the subliminal reasoning behind why I’ve slowly learnt not to create too much in the way of specific, tangible goals for any New Year.
For all I know right now, 2019 could turn out to be the best year yet, or it could be the worst one. A lot of that will be in my control (‘energies’ and ‘chakras’ and all that modern day jazz music) but a lot of it also won’t (reality, shit luck, the weather, one’s monthly cycle creating emotional havoc and – dare I mention a topic I loathe to ever mention on this site but – British politics).
Sometimes I suppose the best thing to do is understand and embrace this in advance, maybe stockpile some additional seasoning just in case, and prepare the taste-buds for some brand new flavours…
Song of the Day: Boogie Belgique – Memory
Latest offering from continental masters of innovative electro-swing music. This nice, chilled piece is perfect for Winter evenings.