Here it is: the last post of 2015.
I know I should probably be all like “The year flew by so quickly!” and all, but truthfully, it hasn’t. I’m not saying it wasn’t a good year, but man, it sure has been one unique and memorable year. In 2015, I’ve truly accomplished things that I never thought that I would – or could. Granted, there were plenty of low moments, but those bad moments are essential for balance.
As I sit here typing in the comfort of my house with my little pup fast asleep beside me, I’m realizing that damn, it really has been quite a year. The two main things that come to mind when I think Greatest Accomplishments 2015 is a grade that I got at the end of grade 10, and the fact that two of my recipes have been featured on Buzzfeed. In that sense, it’s been a lame year, especially in comparison to the fact that the workload and stress is piling up with the IB and that my brother’s gone for college, but that’s that.
Enough about last year, let’s talk next year.
I can’t help but continue to think about an artificial, man-made idea that has collared humankind and taken control of: Time. We created time, yet it burdens us. It’s stresses us and presses us to no end. New Year’s is one of the few times when we truly celebrate time. We celebrate a “new year” when in reality, January 1 00:01 is no different from December 31 11:59, yet everyone strongly insists that it’s a new year and things can and will be better when any changes will be completely dependent on the individual as opposed to time. Time is a weird thing, and I could sit here and just be all philosophical about time for hours, but moving on to the part that you actually came here for: CHERRIES!
I’m sure all of you guys will be having some sort of New Year’s celebration, whether it be a party with a hundred people or just a fancy dinner with your family. Either way, chocolate-dipped fruit should be a go-to when it comes to light bites. You can leave these around as you chat and appreciate 2015, or serve them for dessert alongside some fancy vanilla pots de creme or something (which would actually be such a fancy and aesthetically pleasing dessert with minimal effort).
Furthermore, these white chocolate dipped cherries look gorgeous and they’re so easy to make. If you’re out of cherries, any fruit will do! Well, maybe not like durian or avocado, but you know, blueberries, strawberries, banana… whatever you have.
White Chocolate Dipped Cherries
Makes 20-30 cherries
- Approx. 100g high quality white chocolate
- Approx. 20-30 cherries with stems, rinsed and dried
- Toppings: Edible glitter, sprinkles, sugar pearls etc. (optional)
- Line a plate or tray with baking paper and place in fridge*
- In a bowl, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler (or a bowl over a pan of simmering water) or in the microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring at each interval until fully melted
- Remove plate/tray from fridge
- Dip the cherries one by one into the white chocolate, and roll in toppings of choice or sprinkle toppings on the chocolate before it sets and place onto the plate/tray to set
- Repeat step 4 with the rest of the cherries
*If you’re using high quality white chocolate and you melt it gently enough, you won’t need to place anything in the fridge as the white chocolate should set at room temperature