Two of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Cornbread

Happy Sunday! We are 12 days away from Christmas Day. The days are flying by! Though, we are celebrating the holidays differently this year, I’ve never been more busier than this holiday season. I’m doing more baking and slowly expanding Foodnista Soul…, just to name a few…

I spent a lot of time this year thinking and reflecting upon myself, my family and friends, my life, my goals, my actions, thoughts, and emotions during our stay-at-home orders. There were many things- good, bad, and ugly, that were revealed to me during these periods of isolation. I think a lot of us can relate and say that we had a lot of time on our hands to sit, reflect, and even dwell in and on our own thoughts way more frequently than usual.

For the next 20 days, I am thrilled to share 20 things the year has taught and reminded me. My hopes in sharing these revelations would be to instill optimism, inspiration, realization, and knowing you’re not alone if you’ve felt like this, too. Plus, let’s talk about one dish each day. Food, for me, has always brought happiness, comfort, and togetherness. Cooking and baking, especially for me, brings joy and happiness. I also love trying new foods in my community, though, it’s been a little challenging to do that this year with a lot of restaurants closing, not fully operating at 100%, and the anxiety of being out in public places amidst the pandemic. 2020 lesson number two is…

2. To believe that everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t understand why.

I’m sure we’re all wondering why this year turned out the way it did- with all the distressing events that happened and are still happening amongst us. I envisioned 2020 to be a start to a brand new decade, full of clarity, vision, and new beginnings and opportunities. But that wasn’t necessarily the case for many of us. There’s a reason behind why 2020 was the year it was. It doesn’t make sense to the human mind. It’s confusing, frustrating, anxiety-provoking. Nevertheless, I know that there’s a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. The light is coming. Soon.

Life is mysterious and complex. Life is challenging sometimes, and “not always fair.” When good and not-so-good things happen in our lives, we don’t always understand the meanings behind them. At least for me, I sometimes find that to be the case. Over the span of several years, I began to look at life, including mine, differently. I began to instill the notion that everything happens in life for a reason- wonderful things, not-so-great things, and terrible things… We may not always understand why, especially when things turn south. Sometimes we’re meant to learn something from the event. Sometimes it’s meant to show us something that may or may not have an influence in our lives in the future. Whatever those reasons may be, I find it important to keep the faith, no matter what, and to keep moving forward. It wouldn’t do good, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically, to always dwell in the negatives. Something great always arises from disappointments. Another door is opening; another opportunity is coming. A better one.

During the week of Thanksgiving, I was craving cornbread. I wanted to try making cornbread with creamed corn. Well, the recipe I followed, didn’t produce a yummy dish. The cornbread was very dry. It was not very appetizing. I still wanted to satisfy my craving of eating some good cornbread, so I tried again over the Thanksgiving weekend. I found a different recipe and omitted cream corn from the ingredient list. I also added almond flour to the dish. It was the first time I’ve ever used almond flour. I’ve been eyeing it for quite some time. It is a healthier alternative to white flour. Well, this second attempt at baking cornbread was a success (featured image)! It was a lot more moist, and it tasted great with the almond flour. Therefore, I was inspired to now use almond flour in future baking recipes. One of my goals when in the kitchen is about utilizing healthier ingredients in my cooking.

Have a wonderful new week. Until next time.

FS x

One of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught Me + One Dish to Talk About!

Happy Holidays! This year has been an unprecedented and roller-coaster year we all never had thought to expect. A year that will go down in history. Events the entire world collectively experienced together. Yah, 2020 was rough, but that didn’t stop me from rising above the difficult and prodigious challenges. Conjointly, we are resilient and tenacious. We are inviolable conquerors.

For the next 20 days, I will share 20 things the year has taught and reminded me. Plus, let’s talk about one dish each day. Food, for me, has always brought happiness, comfort, and togetherness.

  1. Faith, hope, optimism, support, encouragement, and love keep me going.

During my darkest days of the year- yes, I’ve experienced ’em- faith, hope, and love have gotten me through the roughest days, and still continues to do so. Optimism, support, and encouragement, have also been bright lights inside and outside of my tunnel. These are the words that constantly mold my character and my life. They provide a powerful and meaningful drive to keep me going strong, and to never give up.

This global COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the entire world. Like many other countries, our economy took a turn for the worst. Many people is Hawai’i became unemployed, including some of my loved ones. Recently, the State of Hawai’i provided those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, a $500 card to use at various participating local restaurants. One of my relatives received their card late last month. The deadline to utilize the funds on the card is next week Tuesday. We ordered these sampler dishes that happened to be the special of the day, which was a Monday, from Roy’s. The dish consisted of: seared ahi, grilled shrimp, Misoyaki butterfish, and braised short ribs (featured image). It was sooo delicious! It was a treat we all enjoyed! Mahalo, State of Hawai’i!

Stay safe and tune in tomorrow for my second thing 2020 has taught and reminded me.

Happy weekend,

FS x