And what a blast it was. I knew going into 2011 that I was going to be writing and publishing my first cookbook, and I had lots of travel plans. It was so much more than that though, and as I sit here and recap, all I can do is grin, and be very grateful.
There were down sides – so many of my personal belongings were stolen – my camera and lenses (worth over £1000 with memory cards and memory sticks), my iPhone, my iPod, my bicycle and more at varying points BUT you know what, I didn’t even think of that until almost at the end of the post. All of that was horrible but there was lots of good stuff to balance everything out.
Weirdly, as I look through earlier posts, they seem like they are 2 years ago, rather than one. But that was 2011 for ya! I crammed a lot in.
As always, thanks for reading.
— all photos link to the associated post
One of my first recipes last year - Calamari with Blood Orange & Fennel
Near perfect weekend brunch - recipe for Turkish Eggs
A trip to Lyon for the Bocuse D'or (commonly called the cheffing world cup)
Trip to Lyonnaise Bouchon, Cafe Les Federations - Poulet Au Vinaigre (gorgeous - still think of it)
Recipe for Winter Warmer: Chicken & Chorizo Pie
A Weekend Trip to Cornwall
Persian chicken stew with sour cherries, walnuts and pomegranate
Mardi Gras in Orlando
Spuntino opened in Soho - I liked it a lot
Included in The Irish Times Food File
Recipe for Wild Garlic Frittata
Recipe for Crab Claws with Wild Garlic & Chipotle
A Trip to Florence
.. and to Emilia Romagna
Towpath Café re-opened, and there was much rejoicing
A trip home for the frankly superb Waterford Festival of Food
A trip to Barcelona
... and a lovely lunch at Cal Pep
A trip to a haunted restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia
THAT Bacon Jam recipe (with smoked scallops)
Lovely Nova Scotia
How could I resist this Nova Scotian roadside diner?
More Irish madness in New Brunswick, Canada
Fiddlehead foraging in New Brunswick
Recipe for Ricotta Frittata with Tomatoes & Fiddleheads
One of my favourite recipes from last year - smokin' hot red eye ribs
One of my favourite launches of 2011 - José (tapas and sherry bar) opens in Bermondsey
… and I am going to stop there as it is 12.42 am and if I start going through my Argentina posts I will possibly book a flight back (oh how I would love to) and I definitely won’t get enough sleep.
More tomorrow – night!