Crisps & Chocolate Rocks

Friday, 27 March 2015

Sometimes things just get out of our control. Perhaps it is so obvious that we are unable to see how wrong they are going even if they explode right in front of our eyes.

It can also happen that we feel so confident that something is going to be fine that we don’t even consider the possibility of anything other than success. Sometimes things look good. Very good indeed, and all of a sudden, it all turns awfully wrong.

 There is no definite pattern when the wrecking ball starts, which makes it really difficult to foresee the disaster. Or even worse, when we rely on other people and they don’t give you the heads up on something that is not going as well as it should.

When things depend on the others it seems easier to look from a distance and find an easy solution. But sometimes, the other is just so overwhelmed by the circumstances that is not able to look through the same glasses that we do.

At times, even if the other sees that something is going wrong, decides not to tell anybody expecting that this will make the issue less noticeable. Trust me, this is not going to happen. In fact, it can be a really dangerous strategy that may end up with coteries of people upgrading the concept of Chinese whispers to an unexpected level.

Believe me when I say that I always, always, always try to make the most of things. But sometimes you put in so much time, effort and entire heart into something that, when it fails, you don’t really know what to do or how to feel. This is even worse when something that has all the potential to be great, turns absolutely wrong without any previous warning.

On our way to fixing things we sometimes need to admit that, OK, you've screwed it up. You may have done wrong all things that were possible to do wrong. And you possibly want to bury your head in the sand, like an ostrich, praying for the time to go faster. But honestly, this is not going to help at all. It’s not the time for hiding under your pillow. It’s time to be brave and go out there, talk to people, stop rumours and start fixing things. It’s time to care about people. Your people. Those who trusted in you and who are feeling completely let down and need you right now.

 Because no matter how wrong things have gone. If you have an open and honest talk, they will understand. They will forgive you, but only if they have a reason to do so. They will of course learn their lessons, but they will know you are the kind of person intelligent enough to accept your mistakes. Time will go by, things will be forgotten. Yes, you may make a mistake in the future, there is no guarantee that everything is going to be perfect. But at least you will always remember you did the right thing. And that´s all what really matters.

This week’s recipe is a tribute to things that are doomed to failure but end up being a complete success.


A big bag of sea salt crisps
A big bar of dark chocolate
Some Anglesey Sea Salt


Put the crisps in a big bowl. Crush them with a fork.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. To do it, chop it up into small chunks and make sure the microwave is on a low heat or defrost setting. Place the chocolate into a microwave-proof bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until completely melted. 

 Mix both ingredients together.

Drop spoonful of the mixture in a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle some sea salt shavings on top to strengthen the chocolate flavour. Allow to cool down and harden.

Devour or offer to your visits but don’t never ever confess what are your rocks made of.

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