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It’s the last day of 2013 as I write this, and I have to pinch myself to realise that a New Year is only a whisker away. It’s always such a time of review, isn’t it? I’ve been mulling over the year just gone, with its highs and lows, and thinking about what 2014 might bring. I rarely make resolutions (far too easily broken in my case, I’m afraid!), but I do like to start the year with a wish for kindness, good health and peace to be the cornerstones of the coming months.
There will certainly be some cornerstones of a different nature, as I have a new book to write; another book being published in September; teaching gigs in Orange and Sydney; and a trip to Europe to visit family, all on the agenda. I can see this year will whiz by in a trice too! However, that said, at the moment we’re revelling in a lazy summer holiday. Our days are bookended by swims in the river; and the time in-between is spent reading, listening to cricket on the radio, drinking cups of tea, and eating leftover Christmas cake (a quarter of which I have to confess I squirreled away before it was completely vacuumed up on Christmas day!).
I must admit that this sort of holiday makes me feel like a child again, as I grew up by the sea, and we spent our long summer break on the beach, either in, on, or occasionally, under the water, until we came home tired and happy, wolfed down dinner (more often than not a barbecue, so my mum got a break too), and tumbled into bed, sleeping the deep, blissful sleep that only comes from days of being in sunshine and salt water. It’s really only now, as I look back on that time, that I realise how very fortunate we were.
I’d have to say that like my mum, cooking doesn’t feature too heavily during my break either, as my inspiration and enthusiasm for it wanes in direct proportion to the rise in temperature, so we tend to live on barbecues and salads too. However when I feel compelled to cook something a little more special, then this month’s simple, spicy chicken dish is my absolute mainstay. The marinade only takes a few minutes to make and basically you just plonk the chicken into it the night before you need it, make sure it’s well coated (and covered, or your fridge will smell rather exotic!) and leave it be until you’re ready to cook it. Easy peasy!
And on that note, I shall say goodbye. I do so hope that the start to 2014 has been a peaceful and kind one, and that it’s a fantastic year for you all. Please stay in touch, for I do so love receiving your letters, and please let me know if you have any suggestions that might help me improve my website. I’m thinking of joining Instagram, and would love to hear your comments on it. In the meantime, I hope you have a very happy New Year.
To listen to my radio interview with ABC Brisbane’s Mary-Lou Stephens about my latest cookbook, Desserts click here...
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
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