I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. I have a huge problem with people who feel like this is the time where they should stop being terrible people and do nice things like volunteer or donate, but then the second the second week of January rolls around, they decide itâ€™s not worth being nice anymore and they just return to being their old selfish selves. This goes the same with New Yearâ€™s resolutions. If you really want to make a change in your life, why do you need to wait for the new year? Why not start a month ago when this self-improvement revelation came to mind?
Some people call me a pessimist, whereas I think myself a realist. I just got tired of depending on people and expecting people to do the right thing only to be disappointed when they didnâ€™t live up to my expectations. I donâ€™t want to call myself bitter, but I guess I just donâ€™t have a lot of faith in people. This makes it nicer for when I do encounter good people who do good things whenever they should. If you have such high expectations for other people all the time, youâ€™re just going to always be disappointed with how sometimes, people just suck.
But on a lighter note, I just started volunteering for The Stop, a community centre for food security and food education, which is great because I have experience with volunteering with food banks and letâ€™s be honest, I just love being around food. Itâ€™s humbling to remember that not everyone has the time or resources to try and make extravagant macarons or complicated meals. It grounds me and makes me remember what direction I want this blog to take.
I donâ€™t think I ever really advertised this with my readers, but I strive to make my blog accessible and geared towards healthy living and eating. I know Iâ€™ve strayed a bit with my macaron obsession, but most of the time, the food I make that is healthy isnâ€™t always pretty. I think I need to buy more salads so I can add something bright and colour next to my less-than-attractive foods.
But on a non-healthy but more festive note, here is some chocolate bark to put you in the holiday mood. Nothing like minty chocolate bark to nibble on to make you forget about the impending credit card bills from buying gifts for your family and friends. I used some leftover mint chocolate chips I had from last Christmas, and some white chocolate chips I accumulated before I realized that I actually donâ€™t like white chocolate.
Anyway, this isnâ€™t an exact recipe because chocolate bark doesnâ€™t need to be exact. Its uneven proportions are what make it so rustic and delicious. Itâ€™s perfect for using up that extra chocolate you had from making chocolate dipped fruit/cookies for those cookie exchanges and holiday potlucks.
- About 300g dark chocolate chips (I used mint chocolate, but dark would better offset the white)
- About 300g white chocolate chips
- 4 candy canes, crushed
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Microwave the dark chocolate at 30-second-intervals in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir after each interval. It should take about a minute to melt everything.
- Spread evenly over parchment paper. For best results, use an offset spatula, but a butter knife or rubber spatula would work too.
- Let set in a freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, crush the candy canes into smaller chunks.
- Melt the white chocolate, again in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. I find white chocolate takes longer to heat up, but itâ€™s definitely way more sensitive than dark chocolate
- Spread the white chocolate on top of the cold dark chocolate and then sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
- Pop back in the freezer for about 10 min, then break them into rustically smallish pieces, then enjoy with some hot chocolate! Delicious.