|Armenian "Porcupine" Cakes
Yesterday evening, neighbor S's daughter N brought over these little cakes that they had made. The Armenian name for them translates as porcupine, we were told. One is vanilla and the other is chocolate. Each is a two layer sponge type cake, layered with a condensed milk frosting and coated in cake crumbs. There were four cakes, but, daughter and I sampled two, last night, before I remembered to take a picture of them! They made a lovely dessert to our dinner of rice, chicken curry, green beans, and pumpkin curry that I cooked, yesterday. I sent over their Christmas gifts with N.
The days between Christmas and New Year's Eve have been relaxed ones as we really didn't have a need to go anywhere or do anything. I spent my days relaxing, cooking, making some cards, and minimal housekeeping. Daughter, who was on mandatory vacation this week (her work place closes for the week and everyone has to take time off, including some furlough days as a cost cutting measure due to Covid-related budget shortfall) has spent her days making polymer clay earrings to give as gifts to her friends, deep cleaning her bedroom, and cooking some delicious Korean food for us to enjoy.
Today, daughter prepared several Korean dishes for our lunch:
|Sweet and Spicy Stir Fried Dried Anchovies (Myulchi Bokkeum)
|Braised Potatoes with Carrots and Onion (Gamja Jorim)
|Blanched Cabbage with Fermented Soy Bean Paste (Doenjang Muchim) and Sesame Broccoli
Afterwards, we took a portion of the food and some dessert to friend R so she can enjoy some of it, as well.
And so we come to the very last day of 2020! I know some people are looking back and reflecting on the year that was. It certainly wasn't the best of years for a lot of us, but, for me, personally, it wasn't the worst of years, either (that dubious honor probably goes to 2015 when I received my cancer diagnosis! Every year since then has been a bonus!). I have had many blessings for which to be thankful and, if nothing else, 2020 has taught me to count my blessings!
Thank you all for reading my blog over the year and, especially, for commenting in such thoughtful, considerate ways. You have all been very kind and supportive; I really appreciate that. I wish you all a blessed New Year. May 2021 be a year of good health, joy, and prosperity!
Tonight, my daughter and I will stay up to greet the New Year and toast it with a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider! I shall boil a pan of milk on the stove for good luck and make some milk rice for our first meal of the new year.
Today, on the last day of 2020, I am grateful for:
- Being alive and relatively healthy
- Having my daughter home with me
- A safe, warm, and comfortable home
- Having enough for our needs and even some of our wants
- Being able to share
Today's joyful activity was eating the lunch my daughter cooked and sharing it with a friend.
May your New Year's Eve be a peaceful one filled with hope. Happy New Year to all.