A Rich, Magical and Uplifting Year — A Recipe

No prior cooking experience required

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Years are not easily cooked — most times they are eaten raw and discarded without so much as a parting glance. Sometimes they are deep-fried with generous quantities of the self-doubt oil rendering them painfully tasteless in the process. Occasionally, they are baked for long durations at ungodly high temperatures and overloaded with greed-icing that leaves a bitter aftertaste following each bite.

The following recipe is designed to help you cook your years in a way that is right for you.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a culinary prodigy to attempt this recipe.

All you need is an apron made out of childlike enthusiasm.

Without further ado, let’s get started:

Prep time — 15 mins

Cook time — 1–2 hours

Diet — Suits vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores

Difficulty level — Easy

Serves — 1


  • 1 qty of fresh, untouched year
  • 250 gms of well-kneaded wholesome kindness
  • 3 cups of gratitude sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of willingness to be honest with yourself
  • 10 to 12 teaspoons of imagination (add as required)
  • 5 to 6 pieces of finely powdered sense of self-esteem (you can also grind ego to reduce it to a healthy level of self-esteem)
  • 10 to 12 chopped chunks of top priorities (it is important to use your own, do not borrow from anyone else)
  • 10 to 12 sliced/chopped curiosity
  • 2 dollops of uncensored self-reflection
  • 1 pinch of sass and style (optional)


  1. First, find a quiet place to gather all ingredients and take 3 deep breaths to steady yourself
  2. Second, put on your apron of childlike enthusiasm and wash your hands clean
  3. Third, let the year marinate in gratitude sauce before you start to cook it

Step-by-step instructions to make a rich, magical and uplifting year:

  1. While the year marinates in gratitude sauce, prepare to cook the other ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, add the two dollops of self-reflection and whip them till all the fears are clearly visible in the bowl.
  3. Pull out the fears from the bowl and wrap each one in a ball of well-kneaded wholesome kindness such that only a tiny sliver of the fear is visible.
  4. In a separate bowl, rinse out all pieces of top priorities and pick out anything that doesn’t look right to you. Use 4 teaspoons of willingness to be honest with yourself to speed this process up.
  5. Fry chopped curiosity on a pan with low flame and let it simmer till golden brown and add in the top priorities from earlier. Add in some imagination as necessary and include the finely powdered sense of self-esteem.
  6. Keep stirring until the mixture produces an aroma of undiluted joy.
  7. Add in some gratitude sauce and grind the mixture into a fine paste.
  8. Spread the paste on the wholesome kindness balls from earlier.
  9. Grate the year on top of each of the wholesome kindness balls coated with the top priorities paste.
  10. Finally, you can either microwave these on HIGH for 15 minutes or steam them on the pressure cooker with high flame
  11. Once done, garnish with sass and style (optional, but highly recommended)
  12. Finally, serve on a plate of pure intentions.
  1. Take care that you are using uncensored self-reflection. Any adulteration in this ingredient can result in less than optimal results.
  2. You can also use chopped curiosity when you whip the dollops of self-reflection to help the fears surface more easily. this will also increase the level of uplift in the final preparation.
  3. Adding self-love instead of self-esteem works just as well for the above recipe.
  4. Ensure that the kindness you are using is wholesome kindness and not the skimmed variety.
  5. Do not cover up the fears in wholesome kindness, ensure there is a sliver visible at all times, just enough to remind you to be careful but not reckless.
  6. Please use generous amounts of gratitude sauce for an extra rich flavor

Author of 'How to be a Lighthouse'. I write for those pursuing excellence and meaning.