At this time last year I was right in the middle of a Martha Stewart moment and making lots of Easter Eggs.
So very foolish. Mainly because the eggs were solid chocolate and could have realistically fed a small country. By the time Easter rolled (figuratively speaking) around, I never wanted to look at another piece of chocolate again. In fact the egg like shape of my backside was all the evidence I needed to realise that nil by mouth was not only the best medicine, it was the only solution. I had taken taste testing to extremes.
At the start of 2009 I was morphing out of my Martha phase and into my Gwynneth macrobiotic phase, which saw me avoiding sugar altogether.
Those of you who have been following my blog will know that going cold turkey contributed to my questionable decision to swear at a police officer. As funny as it was, it wasn't my finest hour.
I still create sweet things (which can sometimes be found on my side blog Inspiration) but I now choose to over feed other people instead of myself. Just call me McLilly - choices, surprises and something for your inner child (McDonalds actually use those very words bizarrely). I think it's really called self preservation at other people's expense.
So this Easter I have no desire to bring Martha out of her hiding place in the back of my cupboard. She has already proven she can easily handle being in a small dark space with time to kill. However, just so I don't get accused of being an Easter scrooge, I made these chocolate flowers today with no hint of a rabbit, egg or pieces of psychedelic foil in sight.
Next week I'm heading north to visit my daughter for Easter.
Unfortunately, as you can see, she lives in a really ordinary part of the country. I guess I will just have to deal with the sun, surf and sand, grit my teeth and get on with it. The things you do for your children, I tell you.
Jordan is a doer and not as laid back as her mother. She has booked us into a cooking class at a place called Spirit House on the Sunshine Coast. It looks posh.
We will be learning how to use Asian spices. The only consideration for me, albeit a rather large consideration, is the actual cooking bit. Duck Vindaloo, Sri Lankan Seafood Curry, Beef Massaman, Zucchini & Green Capsicum Sabji with delicious side dishes like pickled vegetables, tomato & cucumber sambal. Are the dishes an optional extra I wonder or are the spices good to go on their own? I am a way better taste tester than cook. This could prove interesting.
The Chef apparently worked for Hollywood stars (now is it just me or is that a stupid thing to admit to given most stars are anorexic and clearly starving?). I know she worked for Tom and Nicole and curiosity is bound to get the better of me. I more than likely will throw a question or two her way about spicy subjects other than those we are there for.
Last time my daughter and I were together we got stuck in Thailand due to civil unrest. That's why we usually only see each other once in a while as one of us is now totally risk adverse. You can guess which one.
So if you hear reports of a beached whale, a woman taken by a shark, a cooking school ruined by fire or someone who is stuck on a roller coaster, you won't have to think too hard to guess who it is. And if you are still not sure, look for a girl disguised in a wig and glasses. My daughter always comes prepared for embarrassing Mother moments (and no, I can't imagine why she has so many different disguises you will need to ask her....thank God she is over her purple phase, I wonder what her hair colour will be this time round).
For those of you who celebrate Easter, what do you have planned?
And for those of you who don't, just be thankful because if you did you would be a few pounds/kilos heavier afterwards.