I’m 25 now! Actually I was 25 on Tuesday but been lazy all this week. The whole ‘I will do/be/get/have whatever before I’m quarter of a century’ thing didn’t really go to plan. Well, there’s always my 30th! I had Tuesday off work but decided I’d rather do nothing than go out and paint whichever town any given colour. This lead me to believe I am boring as anything so although I still fully intend to hone my domesticnessness (especially seeing as I got a rather sexy stand mixer for my birthday….Eeeep, Thanks baby ) I do not want to be 60 before my body reaches 30! So my bucket list was formed. Is it still a bucket list if you intend to complete it before 30, not just before kicking the proverbial? WARNING, I will be using this blog as proof of achievements, don’t worry though most of my life seems to revolve about food so it may have something to do with my usual foodie exploits.
- Camp, I got a tent recently and a bloody nice one to and I fully intend to do the whole back to nature/peace and quiet/freeze my arse off in the middle of the night thing. Also, this means coming up with some pretty bloody special recipes suitable for a camping stove… or at least edible ones.
- Do a festival, do it properly, no day pass like I’ve done with all festivals I’ve been to so far. Drive down, camp, drink solidly for 3/4 days, get washed away in freak flooding and wallow in mud for the whole weekend before I am mentally too old and cranky to do so. Also, I have a nice tent now =]
- Compile my ultimate/foolproof recipe list, to be fair this blog is kinda the start of that list but I want the ones that when I have friends/family over they ask ‘can you do that paella/earl grey cupcakes with that lemon icing/ black forest gateaux you make, because they really are the best you know’.
- Learn Spanish, just because.
- Create a space for crafty things, a desk or something where I can actually make things instead of just threatening to. Like boxes for homemade chocolates and stuff, you know, pretty stuff.
- Knit something that I will actually wear in public. I love knitting actually despite it being one of those things that throws me closer to my eighties than my thirties (wait, what? In a few years time I’ll be in my thirties??? How did that happen?!) I did hear recently that it was meant to be fashionable or something but I guess its like wearing glasses or liking geeky things or indie music, something that in my teens made me the butt of all jokes but had I started high school 5 years after I did, I’d have been the most popular girl in the year not the quiet ‘library nerd’ I was… Grrrrrrr.
- No being bitter, please see above…
- Find healthy but tasty recipes. Mr P and I’s views on food differ, he prefers not to eat cake as a daily diet staple and likes tasty, fresh and low in fat/high in stuff type foods however I want everything tasty and cakey and yummy in my tummy 5 minutes ago. Also to accept if I continue this Seefood diet (you know, see food… eat it) I will not fit into my kitchen to make more cakey goodness. Very, very sad face.
- Go on at least 2 holidays abroad that doesn’t include visiting family (or in law family to be precise) in Ireland. To go see the offerings of another land or 4. Preferably, somewhere hot. What does this have to do with food you say? Local cuisine, eating it, lots and lots of it while posting pictures of each course on Facebook because it drives Mr P mad when people dothat [insert evil laugh here].
- Skype, however you work that thingymabob. Like I said, Mr P is Irish and his whole family are there so we don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to. I adore them and hate that I see them a few times a year if that.
- Buy a calendar. That sounds pretty basic I know but I want everyone’s birthdays in one easily seen place so not more guilty feelings after no cakes/cards turning up on people’s doorsteps. Also, to try out that recipe for turkish delight for Peggy’s birthday in October as I have been informed it’s her favorite (That’s Mrs G aka Mr P’s mum to you).
- Become a fantastic baker/cake maker and have at least one person that isn’t a friend or in my immediate family come to me to saying ‘I heard you make cakes, could you make a cake for me for…(whatever)’ That would be awesome!
- Have a bar/large collection of assorted alcohol in an area in my house readily available for spontaneous cocktail parties, to clarify, it doesn’t matter if I’m the only guest or not to said party.
I’m sure this list will grow but I haven’t been doing too badly this year anyway. I got my first car in January and start a little cake decorating course at the end of September courtesy of Mr P and another incredible birthday present this year so it’s all heading in the right direction. I have to admit though between the course and the ahem *SEXY* stand mixer, if I don’t become a rich and famous baker sometime soon I don’t think will be too happy!