For sharing this year with me. It has been an experientially rich year. There have been many aspects that I have loved and am deeply grateful for. And I want to list some of those here.
I am grateful to all the people that bring together community and that help to create it. Those that plan and coordinate, invite and facilitate.
The Culture Club facilitators Meg and Su, who bring the joy of food making, preserving and sharing with others, as a regular event. It was here that I was inspired to make Labneh cheese balls, covered in sesame seeds and fresh herbs.
To Patrick who coordinates the community garden working bees, where seeds are sown and conversations are made and knowledge is shared. It was at one of these events that I was told about a beautiful old, large and very productive Mulberry tree. And from it I harvested a plenty and made delicious jam that kept us warm during the winter months.
To the couple at Newlyns, John and Fay, who share their abundant fruit with me from their highly productive fruit forest. I made apple jelly and quince paste, plum jam and dried nashis from your bounty.
To Speedy, who shared a most precious, precious gift with me. A secret, a discovery, a place, a rare location where Morels can be found. And although I have been a poor student, and failed to visit the site this year, thinking I still had time, I endeavour not to let this gift be wasted next year.
To Nel at the Community Neighbourhood Centre, who supported me to deliver Italian conversation classes this year. You are such a pleasure to work with, you make it all easy and pleasurable and great fun.
Lemony Leslie, who allows me to enter her gate, when she is not home, to harvest lemons from her back garden. I use lemons on a very regular basis, for preserving and for cooking. As my lemon trees are still very small. I have harvested kilos and kilos of lemons from her generous tree. In fact I can’t get enough. And if you have a lemon tree that drops its lemons because you don’t need many, and you are happy to share…well I would really enjoy hearing from you. .
To Mara my neighbour who works so tirelessly to create magical circus experiences for my youngest daughter and who shares her harvest with me.
To Ralf, my love, who can build anything, fix everything, and who is helping me to create a warm, vibrant and dynamic home. Where garlic can be grown, and tomatoes planted. Where fruits can be dried and planted. You have built this home with your hands with your care. You are amazing. Thank you for the kitchen you are building. It is a dream kitchen for me because you have made a perfect place for my compost bin, and a nook for my new preserving kit, shelves for pots and a draining rack making it easy for me to stack (our dishes).
To Ahlia and Artemisia my daughters. Thank you for being mine…for now.
My social media posts are always focussed on the things I love and that make me feel good. On aspects of life that inspire me and make me soar. My focus is always on sharing information and skills and in fact I want to focus more on that with time.
I joined social media years ago because I knew that I wanted to one day be able to bring people together around themes of cooking, harvesting, baking, preserving and growing, and I knew that to do that I needed to let people know what I was up to, what I love and what inspires me.
Is my life perfect? Is it free from pain and tears? Absolutely not. I think few of us are spared. But so far…so far…I’ve been given the chance to thrive and I am so grateful for this and am so aware of this that I am making the most of it.
Happy New Year to you and a big thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
I have been making a sourdouhg panettone for Chirstmas over the past few years. I really enjoy the process and am enjoying the outcome absolutely heaps. This years panettone has been the best. I made four in fact and we have been eating it for breakfast and afternoon tea, lightly toasted and buttered and devoured.