The other notable thing that has been going on is that I have hosted two dinner parties. Something I'd never done before. I thought it'd be a nice way of saying thank you to my family for helping to move here. Both meals went down very well. I didn't burn, under cook, spill or poison anyone.
The first meal I cooked was -
Starter - Carrot, orange and Mint soup with a swirl of cream and ciabatta bread
Main - Grilled Salmon with chilli and lime butter on a bed of Basmati rice, with Mediterranean veg
Dessert - Apple crumble and custard, brought by my sister.
My second meal -
Starter - same soup as before
Main - Chicken gumbo with rice
Dessert - again apple crumble and custard
I will be cooking for mum on Boxing day, same main course and dessert as first meal, but with Courgette, potato and cheddar soup for starter. I plan to cook for friends in the new year.
Well.... My year certainly didn't begin in the best of ways. I won't explain again, if interested please read my first couple of posts. But things have definitely turned around and now going in the right direction, FINALLY. I think if anyone had told me in January that by the end of the year that I would be living in my first flat, going to tutorials, going away on a holiday or let alone cooking a meal for more than me, given I used to just heat things up or be able to go beyond the boundary of my street for any meaningful journey, I would have said "Fuck off." But here I am and having achieved those things. I am genuinely looking forwards to the next year, to meeting again and more for the first time my online friends, hanging out with old friends, making strides to be able to travel around on my own and achieving things I haven't thought of.
So if any of you reading this and have problems/issues/troubles in your life and think things aren't going to improve, well they will. Maybe not imediately, but they will. Keep striving, don't let the bastards beat and keep you down.