Friday, 30 December 2016

Retrospective: Looking Back on 2016

2016 was a funny year, with the first half pretty much entirely spent writing and photographing recipes like crazy (more on that soon), and with the rest bouncing around between London, Canterbury and parts of France. Work (as it was for practically everyone who works in politics or current affairs) was utterly mental, so at home cooking for myself and my family was my place of sanity. 2017 is going to be an absolutely massive year for me both personally and professionally with so many big changes, so I wanted to take a moment to look back on the year that has past before we ring in the New Year at some of my favourite blog bits of 2016.
January 2016
January

February 2016 February


March 2016 March


April 2016 April


May 2016 May

1. With the Dordogne tourism board, I spent a fantastic elongated weekend exploring the best of the food, drink and architecture of this part of France which was totally new to me, but I completely fell in love with. | 2. I found a fantastic new (to me, it is actually very old!) country pub near Canterbury I really need to go back to: The Duck Inn at Pett Bottom. | 3. Spending a fantastic night at Manoir de Malagorse, probably one of the best places I've stayed overnight at, ever. | 4. Lunching at another wonderful new local foodie find of mine, Wyatt & Jones in Broadstairs. | 5. We had our first meal at The Duke William in Ickham, which is now our go-to pub now our local has changed hands and is now awful. | 6. As per reader request, sharing my Chinese New Year method of making Homemade Sesame Prawn Toasts.

June 2016 June


July 2016 July


August 2016 August


September 2016 September


October


November 2016 November


December 2016 December



I hope you all have a simply fabulous time ringing in the New Year tomorrow with your nearest and dearest. We usually keep it pretty quiet and low key (choosing to cook something elaborate rather than doing something elaborate!), but this year we're going all out with a party, so this is a scheduled post, going live while I'm no doubt already in the kitchen helping get everything ready for tomorrow. I'll try and post some snaps/ stories up in Instagram, and be sure to sign up to my monthly newsletter which will be going out (sometime!) on Sunday to hear how it all went, and for some lighter, January recipe inspiration!  

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