Gozo In The House launched when the world was shutting down. One year on, it feels a little like Groundhog Day as we are reminded that timing is everything.
The horrific effects of the Covid 19 virus have been pounding across the globe and into our lives like a steam train for over twelve months. Whilst we hold a dear candle for who and what we have lost, today I would like to share with you my serendipitous joy, on the magazines first birthday.
On 15th March 2012, I launched a project called GETMALTA, aiming to unite Maltese businesses and creatives in one online space. There was very little in the way of online hubs and resources in Malta at that time – especially when it came to the arts, culture and lifestyle. The project had huge potential and great support from all the right people, but it just wasn’t its’ time. Check out this article from Malta Independent for a bit more background.
I got offered the support slot on a Kylie Minogue tour not too long after and being a wide-eyed young artist, I jumped at the chance to travel around the world singing my heart out. So it became clear, very quickly, that my energies were meant to be channelled into my flourishing music career at that time, and GETMALTA was unfortunately put on hold. That felt like such a big deal back then.
Fast-forward 8 years almost to the day, to 23rd March 2020. I woke up full of energy after a long period of unrest, with a burning (unconscious) desire, to reignite that blueprint. I quickly scribbled down the mind map I saw in my dream before it disappeared from memory, and sent an excited text over to my girl gang to see if anyone wanted to get involved. The rest is…well a short history to most – but a long one for me. In those 8 years, a lot happened, enough perhaps, for the project to birth now, and do what it needs to do.
8 years apart – to the day. do you still believe in coincidence?
The pandemic stopped each and every one of us in our tracks and it has given us room to deeply assess our lives and current situations. Remembering the concept of dualism, things happen for a reason and along with the bad, there always seems to be a silver lining – somewhere. Haven’t some of the most powerful and popular songs been written through a songwriters pain? It sometimes seems unfitting to speak about such things when we have lost so many of our loved ones, but a bright side does exist and focusing on the positive aspects, will no doubt cultivate more of the same.
Personally, I get butterflies at the thought of the numerous people who have aligned with their true purpose through these dark times and created heart-led projects and businesses. To think of the positive effects these will have on our collective future is nothing short of joyful.
Just like myself and Claire who has been on this journey with me from the start, everyone on the team at GITH started their own project during Covid. Aligned with heart and love, our collective aims are to serve our communities, work together and create positive change. And quite frankly, I think that is worth celebrating!
Reflection over – now for the sweet bit…
The hunt was on to find the right person to make our birthday cake. This was made easy when Claire met Brian Muscat. Not only did he make us a delicious cake, but he also invited us to come and watch him at work in an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.
Brian, of Brian Muscat Cakes, makes custom-made cakes from his professional kitchen in Ghajnsielem. He trained in Italy under some pretty heavy-weight pastry chefs, uses only natural ingredients, ditches preservatives as much as humanly possible and simply loves to create bespoke desserts based on the things that you love.
Clearly a master of his trade, it was fascinating to watch Brian at work. It took two hours of prep the day before and another two hours on the day to make our delightful dessert. Aided by his wonderful wife, Lorina, they spoke about how they built his custom kitchen at home so he could spend more time as a family. He spoke about his training in Italy and how he admires the Italian way of baking over the French. He spoke about reducing the number of additives and preservatives in desserts and shared some top secrets that we’re afraid – you will only be able to find out when you taste his wonderful creations! He spoke passionately about how there are five layers in a cake for a reason and we were to sink our spoon all the way down to get the full experience. Did you hear that people? No dipping into the tops only – dig deep to taste the flavour and feel the textures – just as they were meant.
Our favourite though – they both told us that they have to keep his chocolate and goodies padlocked away from the kids – and how they dance in front of the security camera when they find the key!
Wowee! We now have a newfound respect for bakers that’s for sure! Who knew that this amount of time, skill and love went into the making of a cake?
Our cake contained a mouthwatering concoction of ingredients. Beginning with a Belgian White Chocolate and Pistachio Crunch, a fine Pistachio Bavarese, Coconut Sponge soaked in syrup and Coconut Liquor, a creamy Italian Meringue, a Coconut, Papaya, Passionfruit, Mango and Banana Mousse, and finished with a Mango and Passionfruit glaze.
This weekend is not only our birthday but Easter too, and the symbolism for this sacred event commemorates a resurrection and symbolises rebirth and renewal. So let us draw our attention to letting go of what is past, be grateful for the here and now and look ahead to a future full of more love, more hope, and more cake!
Let us anchor a sweet reminder that timing is everything and the ingredients we carefully mix together in our own lives, if rooted in love can make a massive difference.
Watch our yummy birthday cake come to life and look no further for your next special occasion order.