Pardon the rather belated post but at this time of year I find it incredibly difficult to drag myself to the computer. Summer has finally made an appearance so more important pursuits beckon - sand castle building, swimming, bike riding and all the other stuff school holidays are made of. There have been chances to enjoy some quiet time as well, let’s just say a couple of siestas under the belt does a body the world of good :).
All this downtime has put me in a bit of a reflective mood, thinking about the year that was, and planning for the year to come. I guess January wasn’t named after the Roman god Janus for nothing. (He’s the dude with two faces, one facing forward and one facing back).
The second half of 2011 whizzed by in a bit of a blur for us. There was the minor upheaval of moving apartments unexpectedly, then an overseas holiday, MC Junior’s birthday, and of course the usual end of year busy-ness thanks to school stuff, dance school stuff and just general family stuff.
The blog suffered a little bit as a result. Posts were late and often patchy. I do apologise and although I’d like to say this year will be different, the reality is that I will probably have even less time for the blog in 2012. I did toy with the idea of stopping completely but I know that won’t happen either, I love hanging out in the blog universe too much. When I started this thing way back in 2009, I had no clue what I was doing or what I was in for. In fact, the blog lay relatively dormant for about six months until I started posting “properly” from about the middle of that year. Even then, I wasn’t very prolific, nor very interesting for that matter. And don’t even talk about the photos from that period *shudder*.
I don’t really have much to show after nearly two and a half years of blogging. The amount of hits I get daily are miniscule (sorry earnest PR folk ;P), only the very faithful leave comments (bless you all!) and as for followers...what followers? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not feeling sorry for myself - far from it! I’m just constantly amazed that for such a little blog, there is so much goodwill and love sent my way. Thanks to fellow “little” (but huge in heart) bloggers and also to much more established, more “famous” bloggers, who have made this food-blog universe such a wonderful community to be in. That sense of belonging is not one I want to give up anytime soon.
So, however busy 2012 gets, I’ll still swing by my happy place as often as I can. For those who are wondering, my time will be spent studying - I’ve enrolled in an off-campus post-grad course. On top of that, we are facing a possible relocation soon (more news when I know more).
And a post like this wouldn’t be complete without some resolutions right? Food based ones only though, I don’t make the other kind :) Last year I expressed a desire to try my hand at sourdough baking, to make more stuff from scratch instead of relying on the supermarket, and to explore more cuisine from other cultures.
Thanks to our December Daring Bakers challenge, I now have Blobby! And after about 3 weeks, he’s settled down, smells lovely and is producing much lighter bread (just like Lisa predicted he would). As for the other two resolutions? Uh, I did make grissini once, but it was nothing to write home about, and we definitely explored and ate many new foods we wouldn’t normally be exposed to while on holidays, but making them at home? Not so much, unless you count Coca-Cola roast pork which sounds trashy but is anything but!
Three week old Blobby
This year, I’ve got three resolutions I’ll hopefully be able to keep.
1) Again, to try and make more stuff from scratch. So far, we’re off to a good start with Blobby bread, and I got myself a new toy with gift vouchers, so lots more home made ice-cream will be on the cards (the base for a maple pecan ice-cream from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop is sitting in the fridge as I type this). I’m going to dust off the pasta machine to ensure we have more fresh pasta on the table, and one of these days I’m going to attempt yoghurt. Wish me luck.
2) As I get a bit older and
3) Little MC Junior is not so little any more and is starting big school this year! So far, I’ve never really had too much of an issue with what to put in MC Senior’s lunch boxes. She dawdles a little over her food, but apart from that, she’ll eat almost anything. MC Junior though,
For my blog's birthday, which technically falls sometime in January, I made a CWA sponge cake. If you want to know what a CWA sponge is, try this article. The given recipe makes two massive sponges, I froze one, and then split the other one in half and filled it with sweetened whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
Thanks for stopping by and here’s to many more food adventures together in 2012. Have a great weekend and a great start to the year :)