I have come to realise that if I don't take photographs, I don't write blog posts. I've been cooking, knitting, writing, stitching, thinking and planning a great deal over the last few weeks, but not blogging about it. I've stayed around the house, and the house is dark, so I've not been taking photos. But in a way this suits January, which I love for its quietness, wintriness and sense of hibernation. I'm happy to have some daffs on the mantelpiece and a hot cup of coffee on my desk. I'll be out in the world again soon enough.
So from my desk, my kitchen, and my computer, this is what I've been doing lately.
- Loving this panoramic photo, taken from London's newest skyscraper, The Shard: http://www.willpearson.co.uk/virtual-tour/shard-360-dusk/
- Adoring this blog post from the awesome and talented Teen Granny. If my daughter ever knits a model of me, I will burst with pride.
- Thinking of a great group of women I met twelve years ago this week. Some of them are amongst my very closest friends, and two of them have lovely blogs. I just wish I still lived close enough to Nina that I could pop round for a coffee and eat some of her cakes!
- Cooking in my slow cooker (and not photographing the results).
- On Tuesday I made lemon chicken: a whole chicken sat on a bed of chopped carrot, onion, fennel, rosemary and garlic, with a whole lemon chopped into chunks tucked underneath too. 150 ml of chicken stock poured over and left on low for about 6-7 hours. Then chicken removed and the meat pulled off the bone. We ate the veg, half the chicken and the lemony sauce with rice and peas. The other half of the chicken will become a pie.
- Yesterday I made Indian potatoes: about 6 big potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice, along with an onion, a tin of tomatoes, a spoonful of curry paste, a spoonful of mango chutney and 100ml of vegetable stock. Cooked on low for about 5 hours, and then stirred in 100ml of double cream before serving with naan bread, cucumber and yogurt.
- Putting all the postcards we've received this year into a tin, so that in December I can make one of these.
- Loving these two new London food blogs - The Skint Foodie and The London Review of Sandwiches.