I have been tempted, intrigued, frankly amazed by Thanksgiving in the US, and Thanksgiving related recipes in the blogosphere. So many ways with turkey, marshmallows as a main course, green bean casseroles? – and that avalanche of pumpkins!
It’s the end of Spring in Australia. In recent weeks, we celebrated friends’ birthdays, attended a beautiful wedding, and as part of all this travelled to Canberra and the Jindabyne / Snowy Mountains region. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for having such good friends, though we don’t see some of them as much as we would like. These trips also promoted me to reflect on the year that was, and what lies ahead.
This blog is just over a year old (no proper blogoversary, yet, unless you count our recent Moroccan feast and That Cake). I have ‘met’ many gorgeous bloggers, discovered such creative ideas, and learned new baking and cooking techniques.
Can you believe that I was terrified of yeast even last year? And now I can look croissant and brioche and baguette in the eye. No flinching. Along the way, we’ve also had a giant cookie, rosewater savarin, fig caramel tart, tea eggs, profiteroles, and galettes. And bundt cakes, large (with persimmon) and mini (with blueberries).
I’ve befriended our little camera. Last year, I only knew auto mode, and couldn’t tell you about any of those buttons. And we are not talking about a DSLR, this is a point and shoot with some manual functions. Baby steps!
And the next year? More cooking and baking (maybe balanced with more yoga). Hopefully more travel. Maybe learning techy blog stuff like CSS (eeep!). And above all fun with blogging and non-blogging friends.
What prompted this bout of introspection?
This child, enjoying his moment alone, oblivious to the bagpipes.
A moment of life imitating surrealism imitating life, in our national portrait gallery.
The happiest car I’ve seen in a long time.
Sunset, moody, brooding, breathtaking.
Oh, and we had a pumpkin after all. On the weekend, when we had Dorie Greenspan’s pumpkin stuffed with all things good. How could we go wrong with Dorie?
Til next time, with popcorn cookies!