Pieces of 2014

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.

– Brigitte Bardot

Despite being a bit late with the well wishes, but I do hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Time just seemed to fly this year, and with this year just about to end, it’s time for me to look back again and see some of my instants of life.

Goats cheese, fig, serrano ham and thyme galette

Food

I cooked a ton of exciting things, unfortunately most of which I did not post because I didn’t photograph them… Here are a few notable recipes:

Grapefruit and Banana Jam  – Ok, we know I love making jam. This one was, in my opinion, the bestest of the best that I have ever made.

Goat Cheese, Fig, Serrano Ham and Thyme Galette – I discovered that making galettes is such an easy cheating way to cook up something impressive in no time. Even better, what you put in it can be adjusted to your imagination. Or in cases of emergency, whatever you have in your kitchen.

Terrines – Except for one disaster (which obviously did not make the blog), gosh, they were so good. Check these out Pork Liver, Apple and Calvados Terrine, Monkfish Terrine with Dried Tomatoes and Basil and Terrine with Pistachos and Pommeau de Normandie.

Spicy Lime Wakame and Tuna Noodles – Some of my blogging friends and myself got up to lots of fun and creativity going some ingredient challenges. The wakame seaweed made it the first time I ever cooked with seaweed, and it wasn’t the last. This dish was so awesome that I’ve made it time and time again after that.

Very Vanilla Salted Caramel, Pecan and Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake – This was in fact a very giant cookie. Who can resist a good giant cookie? I can’t.

Santa Monica, LA

Travel

One of the exciting things about my travels this year is that I got to meet up with some fantastic blogging friends. I’m so happy to have met you Sunny, Sue and Patty! Some of the places I visited this year were:

Los Angeles – Here I was spoilt by Sue. Then Patty came along and gave us the best photography class in the world. I started liking photography last year and really got into it this year, so her class was a godsend.

New York – Awesome. Check out my photos here.

Northern France – A long summer in France. My highlight was an epic bicycle ride to Montreil-sur-Mer, even though my muscles ached like hell the next day.

Madrid – I’ve had to spend lots of time in Madrid this year for work related purposes. Check out some scenes here. I must say that even though I had been to Madrid quite a lot before to visit family, it’s now that I’m beginning to know and enjoy the city better.

This wasn’t my trip, but I was really excited to share the wildlife photos from my brother’s trip to the North Eastern part of Australia.

Flower in black and white

Writing

When I wasn’t too busy nor hit by writer’s block, I really enjoyed writing in my blog this year. Some great pieces where:

Amazed at the Sultan of Brunei – I was pretty angry when I heard that the Sultan of Brunei wanted to impose the Sharia Law. So, as I had lived there before, I decided to write my thoughts about it.

Undeniably Censored – While I was hot on the tracks of my memories of Brunei, I wrote about the censorship we went through there at that time.

My Experience in Treating Heroin Addiction – I just felt that I needed to write about this.

On the Trail of My Digital Footprint – Our digital footprints. This is a frequent question amongst us bloggers, where do we draw the line between sharing and not sharing?

Spring and Sofia – This was just for laughs. So many people get my name wrong!

Flops

Ok, I won’t put in the link but when I look back to my New Years Resolutions from the beginning of this year: no my blog did not become a huge scientific affair because I became more interested in the artistic aspects of my life, and no I did not knit a scarf. But to my defence I’ll say that I began to knit one twice, reaching about 15cm long each time, only to unravel it both times because I didn’t like how it was turning out.

I did cook a few mistakes. But don’t worry, I never post the recipes here so no-one will ever accidentally cook anything gross from me.

Music

I’m fully aware that I drone on here about piano music, perhaps too much, so I won’t do that in this post. However, here is a little surprise, a quick recording I made the other morning of one of my favourite pieces I studied this year. It’s Prelude Opus 11 no 11 by Scriabin. Ahem, pardon the couple of mistakes and the untuned piano.

Do tell me about some of your notable moments from 2014, I’d love to hear about them.

Have a great weekend!

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16 Comments

  1. Sunny 2014-12-26 at 17:14

    Whoaa Sofia, you are an AMAZING piano player! I really really enjoyed this 🙂 If you have the time, you should record yourself playing the piano more often!

    I learnt to cook a few neat things from you this year, and I was lucky enough to meet you in real life 🙂 I hope we’ll get to do it again sometime soon! xx

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:40

      Aww thanks Sunny 🙂
      Yes, meeting you was a really fun highlight of this year. You had some other mayor highlights (in June!!). I hope to see you soon again too!
      PS Landed in Charleroi at midnight last night. I think there was a strike or something because it took AGES for the suitcases to go through. And so beautiful, there was snow everywhere. No snow here in Lille though 🙁

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  2. Saskia (1=2) 2014-12-26 at 20:43

    Have had a lovely morning reading through your best-in-show posts from this year Sofia! Nice to be reminded of some of your recipes I really should try soon, namely the grapefruit banana jam and that spectacular-looking galette! Wishing you a very merry New Year!

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:43

      Hi Saskia 🙂 Oh you should try that jam, its spectacular. But wait for a rainy day or something because it takes ages to properly peel the grapefruit…
      Wishing you a fantastic New Year full of health, success and delicious food!

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  3. chef mimi 2014-12-27 at 14:34

    What a beautiful video! Your hands look just like how I imagined them. Happy New year!

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:46

      Oh thanks Chef Mimi, I’m glad you liked the hands 😉 Happy New Year! xxx

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  4. Liz 2014-12-27 at 18:43

    beautiful! Finally got to hear you play 🙂 Sounds like you had a solid year. Wishing you all the best for 2015.

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:47

      Yeah, finally and thanks! I’m glad we got up to lots of fun cooking together from the distance Liz this year 🙂 we should do some more in 2015. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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  5. Dalo 2013 2014-12-28 at 08:36

    Tonight I plan on just playing (and replaying) your great video. Very nice…would be even better to be able to listen to such music while also dining on some of your great recipes 🙂
    Cheers Sofia to a very wonderful 2014 of knowing you and look forward to more in 2015!

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:49

      Oh how nice of you! I should think about recording things better with less mistakes in the future 😉 Likewise, cheering to knowing you in 2014, and for more in 2015!

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:50

      Bowing 😉 Happy New Year Michelle!

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  6. Guillermina Stover 2014-12-28 at 19:24

    First, I must say that it was LOVELY to hear you play the piano! What a voluptuous treat…right before New Year’s.

    Since you are my Facebook friend, you have seen a lot of my notable moments of 2014. But for me, it all revolves around FOOD…and PEOPLE. They just seem to go hand in hand.

    My husband, my son and I always seem to find MEMORABLE meals. This year was no exception. We tasted Baked Mushrooms Stuffed with Blue Crab, I found the recipe online, and made it—fabulous!

    We found a hole-in-the wall place in Ciudad Acuña, across the river from our home, where we had a delicious Lenten luncheon. Then there was the wedding Sabinas, Coahuila México, where we were able to partake of such elegant, gourmet food…mmm…my mouth waters at the memories.

    I enjoy taking cooking classes and meet such fascinating people! And of course, with the Christmas holidays, I baked lots of pastries, cookies, and delicious food…like I said, Sofia, it’s all ABOUT THE FOOD!!!! LOL!

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    1. Sofia 2014-12-29 at 20:52

      Hahaha, yes, notable moments should ALWAYS revolve around food! You’re such a great cook, I wish I could come over your place for dinner 🙂 Baked Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Crab sounds fantastic! xxx

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  7. Karen 2014-12-30 at 21:39

    It sounds like you had a lovely year and I enjoyed the video of your playing the piano for us. I have an electronic baby grand piano in my home that I can’t play…wish I could play like you. Have a wonderful New Year, Sofia. 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2015-01-03 at 00:36

      Thanks Karen, you have an electronic baby grand? Oh wow! I wish you a wonderful year Karen! xx

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