I have made a fig and ginger panforte to cut up and give as presents for friends and colleagues
I also made my first attempt at bread
I plan on actioning a pavlova for Christmas day.
I have also made lots of delicious breakfast smoothies.
I am feeling suitably "smug cow" - this is my culinary pinnacle, other than the megapav of 2012.
Most years, I make new year resolutions.
Mostly, they are about losing weight or some such.
I had promised myself a nice reward after some arbitrary weight was lost.
One reward was a Diane von Furstenburg dress. Maybe one like this...
And I never made that weight.
And I never got the DvF dress.
And it hung over my head.
It's elusive, that balance between being happy with ourselves, and the quest to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.
It really is a balance. It can't be all about self castigation and deferring pleasure till an arbitrary goal is reached. That will be a set-up for failure, as we all crave gratification.
I must strive, but I must honour myself at the same time, I have realised. More specifically, with regard to my body image, I can work and tighten and get fit but I am coming around to embracing what I was born with.
So my new years' resolution is to continue doing that.
And if I find a DvF dress I like, and I have the cash, I will jolly well buy it.
A few months ago, I caught a look at myself in underwear in the mirror. I thought "I don't know how anyone could find this attractive".
It really was the conscious crystallisation of many years of...well...loathing. That's a strong word but it is probably apt.
I pulled myself up then, thought "that's awful" and "that's enough".
So the other new years' resolution is to recognise and challenge those kind of thoughts.
After all, I see plenty of women who I think "wow, they are gorgeous" - they are only sometimes classically beautiful or a size 8. Usually they are striking, or particularly well turned out, or come across as very confident.
Why can't I make that of myself? Of course I can.
What have you baked lately?
What purchase do you lust after?