I really can’t remember exactly when I took this photo, but J’s recent photography exhibition stirred a nostalgia in me. He made me want to look through all my old photos, all taken with my old Fuji. Some are good, others are just OK, and older ones are just rubbish. Ah, the good ol’ days, when I took snaps without a care in the world. I take better pictures now, or so I hope, but there’s nothing wrong in them, it’s a step I had to take. To a certain extent, that simple camera ignited my interest in photography. When J used what is now ‘my’ trusty EOS 30D, I carried my little Fuji everywhere with me. The beauty of it was that before we had smartphones with what are now considered to be pretty good cameras, all we had were little-but-still-on-the-bulky-side point and shoot devices. They were adequate but it was nothing compared to SLRs. I’m guessing that this shot was just a souvenir snap with that Fuji.
Hello everyone. This blog post has been a long time coming and there’s two things you need to know before you proceed any further. One, this is not a food blog, and two, it is a bit of a throwback. Quite a throwback to be honest, but things have gotten out of hand in my organisation planet, whatever that is, and only now I am finding some time to publish these photos. They were taken in the middle of summer a year ago and have remained in my ‘I’ll see when I get to these/maybe later’ file since then.
This review includes a recipe extract from the book, found at the end of the post.
Yes, you’re not seeing double. There’s no spelling mistakes here; the title of this book is what it is. Don’t let the funny book title and the hilarious recipe titles fool you (excuse the pun). The recipes are no joke – it’s serious stuff, serious ingredients, serious cooking, made simple for everyone to try. I’ll be trying a couple of them myself this week. They sound good and Stephen Conroy’s photos makes them all look good. What I can say is that this cookbook lifted my morale today after a tough couple of days!
I could have given this blog post quite a few number of titles (I’m being totally honest with you here), such as:
Yay! This is Not a Book Review, or
Yay! This is Not Another Book Review, or
Here’s Something Different and About Time, or
Finally She’s Got Something Else to Say, or
Juicers and Various Conundrums…
…and the list could have gone on forever, but I’ll spare you the agony. The thing is that I’ve immersed myself in cookbooks for these past few months, and haven’t really had the time or the ‘correct’ head space, for lack of a better expression, for anything else, including cooking, baking and documenting any recipes. I’ve just started my autumn cooking, as in cooking recipes which are usually reserved for cooler months.
Please note: A recipe extract is included at the end of this post.
I must admit that the last time I watched a whole series of MasterChef UK, from start to finish, or any other MasterChef to be honest, was in 2011. I cannot pinpoint exactly the reason or reasons why, but I guess it must have been something to do with the people taking part. It’s probably the only series in which I can remember the finalists clearly, but the one clip I will never forget was the one in which they had Yotam Ottolenghi as a surprise judge. Jackie Kearney’s smile radiated through the television screen. From that point on I rooted for her and wished she could win. She didn’t but of course, that was just the beginning.
When I ask a friend how they are, they’ll inevitably reply: ‘Busy.’ I’m guilty of it too – it’s a symptom of the modern world. But it only confirms the need for quality time spent with the people you love. The more you do it, the more you understand it’s what really matters – good times with friends and family are the most effective panacea for a busy week/month/year.
Ryan Chetiyawardana, a.k.a. Mr. Lyan
Now that’s a great introduction to a book, isn’t it? Meeting the people who matter most in my life over good food and drink is certainly one of my preferred ways to slow down. I believe that in life we need just a few dear friends, and having a good chat over a relaxing lunch is one of the most uplifting things ever.
Hello everybody. Hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been meaning to write another one of these for so long but life has completely taken over. As it always seems to do. One thing has remained quite constant though: readers of this blog just reminded me that the time for another coffee chat has lapsed and it was high time for an update.
Without taking away anything from these lovely people, I’m always taken by surprise when I get asked for updates. I’m glad many of you find these useful, and if not that, sufficiently entertaining. As I have said before, as much as I love reading about people’s life and adventures, I lead a small life and I’m constantly wondering why my readers keep coming back here. I’m so glad they do.