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Monday, 21 January 2013

2012, part two.

Finally a chance to complete our 2012 reflections.


Back when the nights were long and light and there were delicious strawberries, sweetness and tennis.





We returned to hosting refreshed and inspired by our holiday in Provence, loving London 2012 and dishing up palate cleansing, fruity flavours to new and familiar guests.



A change of season brought new ingredients to exploit. We remembered a special anniversary and celebrated a couple of brilliant birthdays. We wore sunglasses and a scarf and welcomed friends from near (ish) and far.



 There was room for more birthday cake and celebrations, warm hearts and harvest. 




A belated Halloween party for little people and their Mums, holidays coming, Thanksgiving and a very exciting feature.


Mince pies and traditions, fairy lights and magic, a special end to our 2012 suppers with friends at our table. There was also time for family, feasting, gifts given and received and a very thoughtful Father Christmas who brought our wee apprentice a kitchen of her own for the next stage of her training!

Monday, 7 January 2013

2012, part one.

Looking back on 2012, months just raced by, jam-packed and as another January comes around, we're very grateful to be enjoying our not so new kitchen one year on and to be cherishing time together before our trio becomes a quartet. Thank you all for reading, for your greatly appreciated support and for dining with us. Wishing you all a very happy 2013 filled mainly with delicious food, happy memories and new adventures. Here's 2012 at a glance.


We hibernated and braced ourselves for the upheaval which would see our kitchen look like this for weeks. As the transformation (part one and part two) took place, we moved out.


Amid the renovations and away from home, the only thing on our menus were simple suppers and new adventures in weaning and crawling. We made our first appearance in Sainsbury's magazine and at the inaugural Burgher Burger.


As work in the kitchen continued, we headed south to create a bright and beautiful Spring wedding and watched the kitchen we'd long dreamed about take shape.


We were grateful for pretty and delicate blossom to distract us from the seemingly endless dust at home. We celebrated moving home for our precious girl's first birthday and with news of wonderful engagement. There were weddings of dear friends (and we weren't in the kitchen), a private supper to ease us back to hosting and more birthday celebrations for a lovely lady's special birthday and then a room full of four year old princesses.


Time to enjoy the new kitchen, welcome sunshine, fresh flavours and for supper featuring the baby, the dog and other guests. We also ventured away from home to prepare a feast. It was also a month to picnic and we even carried our Table to a secret garden for a fine-dining affair which later appeared in Red Magazine.


Flags waving for The Queen's Jubilee, daisies between little toes, a little lady took her first unaided steps in the sunshine, great cakes and time at last to officially return to hosting with a series of sell out Summer supper clubs, rainbows, reunions and Olympic fever.
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