This is not the first time I have abandoned you without warning. A couple of months ago I had to explain myself after I was totally distracted by my mum and aunt, visiting from Australia. This time, I was the one jumping on a plane. I took myself home for a couple of weeks to spend my birthday with family and friends and I can quite honestly say that I ate and drank my way through each and every day. I would begin with an early walk followed by a cup (or sometimes two) of coffee, then perhaps a quiet moment in the morning sun with the newspaper, lunch and a crisp glass of wine with girlfriends, and finally dinner at a favourite restaurant or a home-cooked meal with my family. Apart from a couple of snaps on my phone (including the pic of my birthday cake*), I have not a picture to share. But I did collect a number of new cookbooks, a stash of interesting ingredients and some lovely recipe ideas that – in good time – will make it to the blog.
*Thanks to Pippa for the birthday cupcakes!